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Emily helps long-term care providers navigate complex Medicaid and Medicare compliance and reimbursement laws.

Emily guides clients through increasingly complex state and federal health care laws, including state license and certification requirements, Medicaid and Medicare participation, and reimbursement rules. She advises a broad array of healthcare practitioners, focusing on long-term and post-acute care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospices and home health agencies. She also counsels behavioral health and Medicaid waiver providers on compliance matters unique to those areas.

From assisting clients with the initial application process, to offering guidance on day-to-day compliance operations and resolving enforcement and reimbursement issues, Emily provides a full spectrum of healthcare regulatory assistance. Emily strives to understand healthcare clients’ daily operations and works proactively with clients to ensure compliance and minimize government enforcement actions. Should the need arise, Emily has significant experience with representing providers before federal and state regulatory agencies, including state licensing boards, state survey agencies and the Departmental Appeals Board. She also assists clients with responding to audits and resolving any overpayment or other reimbursement issue. She works closely with clients to develop strategies for a quick and favorable resolution.

Emily is passionate about her areas of practice and frequently speaks at national and state conferences on current trends impacting long-term care and behavioral health.




  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Legal Writing Contest, Second Place, 2011
    • Missouri Law Review, Associate Editor
    • Guy A. Thompson Best Production Award and Best Online Content Award
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Theodore “Ted” C. Beckett J.D. Prize in Pretrial Litigation
  • B.A., Columbia College
    • summa cum laude
    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society
    • Dean’s List
    • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Health Law Association
    • Behavioral Health Task Force
    • Post-Acute and Long-Term Services Practice Group Member
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Administrative Law Committee
    • Legislative Subcommittee
  • Cole County Bar Association
  • Successfully appealed on behalf of physician group in the Midwest that had been issued an overpayment determination substantially in excess of $150,000, effectively reducing the overpayment to just over $1,000.
Outside the Office

Emily spends her free time with her family, including her two young children, Charlie and Sydney, and a rambunctious pug named Gizmo. She’s an amateur photographer and graphic designer. And she enjoys traveling in the U.S. and abroad. Her most recent trip was to see “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway in New York.

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