Skip to Main Content
Overview

As a Healthcare Regulatory Attorney and former executive, Noreen is a transparent communicator and innovative problem solver with a deep background in operations and risk management.

Noreen’s career in healthcare operations, healthcare compliance and executive leadership began as a behavioral health admissions representative – she understands the day-to-day regulatory hurdles facing healthcare clients. Most recently, Noreen served as Acting CEO, General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Executive for a national managed behavioral health venture with employees across 50 states. In this position, Noreen leveraged her experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, complex contracts, employment law and compliance. Noreen navigated tough decisions including guiding 500 percent growth over 6 years, moving online quickly during COVID-19 and helping secure the largest contract in company history. Earlier in her career, Noreen collaborated in-house at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where oversight, peer review, best practices and standards are established by state regulators.

Noreen's background in behavioral health also provided her with experience in mental health parity – both in advocacy with government agencies and in handling parity compliance and audits. In addition, Noreen is knowledgeable about billing requirements and policy mandates for autism treatment.

Appreciated both for her decisiveness and humor, Noreen is a relationship builder who helps healthcare clients balance patient care with budgets, regulatory requirements and growth goals. She shares with clients her own experiences in leadership of reducing litigation and legal exposure – including those issues impacting human resources departments such as FLSA, ADEA, FMLA, ERISA and Workers’ Compensation. Most importantly, Noreen believes that challenges are often an opportunity to accelerate and enjoys seeing clients thrive.


Industry

Services

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
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.

Stay updated.

Subscribe to receive Husch Blackwell’s news and insights.

Select your preferences