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Overview

Ellee knows the ultimate goal in regulatory healthcare: providing the highest quality care to patients.

Ellee represents physicians, hospitals, managed care companies and other healthcare entities in their regulatory compliance and day-to-day operations. She enjoys learning the details of clients’ unique objectives, at times serving as outside general counsel for both small and large healthcare providers. Ellee counsels clients through a variety of state and federal regulations, including:

  • Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and payment
  • Fraud and abuse laws
  • Government and private audits
  • Medical staff governance
  • Patient issues

Clients appreciate Ellee’s experience as a former litigator and appellate lawyer, as well as representing physicians before state licensing agencies, including the Texas Medical Board, and assisting hospitals through the physician peer review process. Ellee is also skilled in guiding clients with responding to requests under the Texas Public Information Act. She anticipates issues and works closely with clients to offer tailored solutions, with a novel ability to avoid problems before they start.


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Education

  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
      • St. Mary's Law Journal, Editorial Board-Comment Editor, Volume 43, 2011-2012
      • St. Mary's Law Journal, Staff Writer, 2010-2011
      • St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria,
        Summer 2010
  • B.B.A., Texas Tech University
    • Marketing
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Wyoming

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity

Clerkships

The Hon. Paul W. Green, Texas Supreme Court

Experience
  • Represents hospitals and providers with regard to participation in state's Medicaid managed care program and related compliance issues.
  • Represents various managed care entities, including accountable care organizations (ACOs), in complying with federal and state regulations.
  • Advises providers on performing internal compliance investigations, including self-disclosures.
  • Advises hospitals and providers on compliance with Medicare and Medicaid managed care regulations.
  • Counsels clients regarding Texas regulatory agency compliance, with significant experience regarding Texas Medical Board and Texas Department of Insurance requirements.
  • Counsels clients regarding medical staff issues such as peer review and quality assurance.
News Releases | December 18, 2020
Husch Blackwell Elects 23 to 2021 Partnership Class

Women comprise 57 percent of the 2021 partnership class.

News Releases | June 17, 2019
Collins and Cochran Named ABA Health Law Section Vice Chairs

The 10,600-member ABA Health Law Section is the voice of the national health law bar within the ABA.

Outside the Office

Ellee loves to travel and see new places both in the United States and abroad. Her all-time favorite destination is Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which she visits often. She also loves to spend time with her husband and two young children.

Community Leadership
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, James McHenry Chapter, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnus, Vice President Standards
  • Meals on Wheels

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