The University of Alabama School of Law,
LL.M. in Taxation, magna cum laude, 2011
The University of Tulsa College of Law,
J.D., May 2009
The University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences,
B.A. in Political Science, 2005
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
American Bar Association Health Law Section
American Health Lawyers Association
Health Care Compliance Association
Illinois Hospital Association
St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association
Ranken Jordan Young Professionals Board
Thompson Coburn LLP
Benchmark Healthcare Management LLC
General Counsel, 2010-2012
Nicole analyzes health care regulatory issues with an eye toward effective, proactive compliance for a broad range of health care clients. She counsels hospital systems, physician practices, laboratories, and health plans on regulatory matters, including HIPAA, the Stark Law, the Antikickback Law and various Medicare and Medicaid matters.
Nicole drafts employment agreements for physicians and non-physician practitioners and offers counsel on HIPAA policies and health care IT agreements. She also creates comprehensive provider agreements and downstream service agreements for health plans across the country, including managed care and specialty benefits companies. Nicole has been closely involved in several governmental investigations and Stark self-disclosures.
Nicole previously served as general counsel for a regional skilled nursing and assisted living facility operator. In that role, she led numerous health care transactions ranging from operation transfers to real estate and health-care receivable financings. She also secured licensing and certificates of need.
"CMS updates hospital conditions of participants for the medical starr and governing body";
Thompson Coburn Health Law Checkup Blog, May 2014
"Responding to search warrants: 10 steps to prepare";
Thompson Coburn Health Law Checkup Blog, February 2014
"PHI on photocopier hard drives... Is your organization at risk?";
Thompson Coburn Health Law Checkup Blog, August 2013
"Updated OIG bulletin on effect of exclusion from federal health care programs";
Thompson Coburn Health Law Checkup Blog, May 2013
"CMS and OIG propose changes to the Electronic Health Records Exception and Safe Harbor";
Thompson Coburn Health Law Checkup Blog, April 2013
"HIPAA and Your Practice";
Illinois State Medical Society, July and August 2013
"Understanding the Admission Agreement";
Benchmark Regional Administrator Meetings, 2012
"Implementing Corporate Compliance";
Benchmark Skilled Nursing Facility Meetings, 2011
"Risk Management in Long Term Care";
Benchmark Regional Administrator Meetings, 2011
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