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Overview

A lawyer and registered nurse, Liz understands the demands on healthcare providers

Liz has more than 10 years of clinical experience in the healthcare field. Her healthcare experience includes working as a registered nurse in emergency medicine, intensive care, trauma and forensics. Her legal training and clinical background give her a unique advantage in advocating for healthcare providers facing a variety of legal challenges, including regulatory compliance and professional licensing issues, audits and overpayment demands, and government investigations.

As a member of the firm’s Healthcare Regulatory & Compliance Counseling team, Liz represents physicians, pharmacists, hospice providers and long-term care providers before professional boards and government agencies and assists with day-to-day compliance issues and questions. She has succeeded in contesting deficiencies on behalf of long-term care facilities through informal dispute resolution and the federal administrative appeal process. She has experience with defending professional licenses for multiple provider types (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors) before their respective boards in Missouri. She consults regularly with experienced litigators at the firm to assist in providing effective and strategic medical malpractice defense and personal injury defense. Liz is also a member of the firm’s Hospice & Palliative Care team, which collectively has over 25 years of experience working with hospice and palliative care providers across the country. Her practice in this area includes using a team approach to guide hospice providers through government surveys, government investigations and audits, including the analysis of and response to alleged clinical, technical and statistical errors.

In addition to her healthcare practice at the firm, Liz also serves as general counsel for a physician-operated e-commerce company specializing in health and personal care products. This role gives her unique insight into the importance of balancing risk management and compliance objectives with business goals.


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Recognition

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Family Violence Clinic, Spring 2015

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Missouri Law Review, Associate Editor
  • B.S.N., University of Florida
    • Nursing

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

American Health Law Association

Experience
  • Assisted skilled nursing facilities in overturning or reducing citations and other sanctions through federal appeals process and informal dispute resolution.
  • Through administrative appeal process, decreased alleged $8.6 million hospice client's overpayment identified during Medicare audit to less than 1 percent: $77,000.
  • Appealed alleged overpayment finding during Medicare audit that placed nonprofit hospice client on brink of ceasing or selling operations, reducing overpayment by approximately $20 million.
  • Represented professionally licensed individuals such as physicians and pharmacists before their respective licensing boards.
  • Obtained early dismissal of civil action brought against Fortune 500 company.
  • Represented government entities in administrative hearings and civil litigation.
Outside the Office

When not in the office (or working from her home office), Liz enjoys tennis, golf and travelling with her family.

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