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Overview

With a background in healthcare operations and executive leadership, Noreen provides strategic advice for healthcare providers.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Noreen served as Acting CEO, General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Executive for a national managed behavioral health venture. In this position, she leveraged her experience in strategic planning and corporate governance to guide the company to 500 percent growth over six years and to help secure the largest contract in company history.

Today, Noreen counsels healthcare organizations and benefit plans on the new reimbursement laws of recent years, including the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the No Surprises Act and related balance billing laws, price transparency regulations, and those governing risk-sharing arrangements. These intensely detailed regulations significantly change data and reporting requirements and often alter organizations’ existing contracts, recordkeeping procedures and various other policies. Noreen knows clients want to comply, but the required changes are often so immense that they aren’t sure how to do so.

Noreen helps clients solve the puzzle of matching legal rules to business procedures, making the compliance requirements fit within their unique environment. Her executive background means that she readily understands the operational needs and concerns of healthcare leaders, and she’s well-versed in the strategic thinking these organizations require. Noreen serves clients not merely as an attorney but as a true strategic advisor, helping them step back, broadly consider how new regulations alter the policies and procedures already in place, and strategize for the best way forward.

While Noreen regularly serves clients across the healthcare spectrum, she has a particularly nuanced understanding of the behavioral health world. As a behavioral health managed care executive, she helped advocate for mental health parity and integrated care, and thus understands these requirements inside out. It’s second nature to her to help these providers with their distinct compliance needs, as well as audits and reimbursement challenges. In addition, Noreen is knowledgeable about billing requirements, clinical practice guidelines, and policy mandates for autism treatment and substance use disorders.

Appreciated both for her decisiveness and humor, Noreen is a relationship builder who can share with clients her own leadership experiences in reducing litigation and legal exposure. Her aim is to help clients solve their legal and organizational challenges so that they can focus on healthcare.


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Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Certificate of Health Law
    • Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law, Lead Articles Editor and Staff Editor
  • B.A., Rockhurst University
    • Psychology
    • cum laude
    • Psi Chi Rockhurst Chapter, President

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Florida

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Board Member, 2018-2020
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Health Law Association, Behavioral Health Task Force
  • The Florida Bar, Association Health Law Section
  • The Missouri Bar


*Contact Noreen to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Kansas City office.
Experience

Executive leadership and general counsel, national behavioral health

  • Directed all aspects of risk management and legal operations, with employees in all 50 states.
  • Served as Corporate Secretary for Board of Managers providing ongoing, regular consultation on areas including risk management, executive compensation and corporate governance.
  • Spearheaded response effort to COVID-19, transitioning all employees to 100 percent telework while implementing strategic cash flow and cost reduction plans.
  • Established legal strategy for large-scale telehealth platform with projected margins up to 400 percent of existing service lines.
  • Served on executive team that won largest employee assistance program (EAP) contract in company history and subsequent hire of 100+ employees nationwide in 90 days.
  • Created Corporate Affairs department.
  • Served as HIPAA Privacy Officer for millions of health plan members requiring ongoing development and delivery of compliance training, including federal and state requirements for mental health and substance use medical records.
  • Led due diligence for multi-million dollar acquisitions as well as led integration efforts, including re-contracting of 8000+ providers.

Other healthcare counsel and operations

  • Advised on issues including Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, Medicare Supplement requirements, coordination of benefit requirements, third-party administrator guidelines, medical-loss ratio requirements, limited medical benefit plans and health insurance exchange development.
  • Advised on issues including physician compensation arrangements, physician-owned specialty hospitals, healthcare facility valuations and Certificate of Need.
  • Validated insurance benefits and admitted patients into intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient treatment programs.
Outside the Office

Noreen and her husband, a former chef, stay on the go with the activities of their three school-aged daughters. The couple also enjoys sampling new restaurants both in Kansas City and during vacations. Noreen’s family includes two dogs, Arthur, a Great Dane, and Ripley, a Boxer.

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