Michael Cook has more than 35 years of experience representing a wide variety of health care related clients in regulatory, compliance, coverage, reimbursement, policy, strategic planning, government relations, and business matters. This experience includes managing the health care practices in the Washington, DC offices of several large national law firms.
Additionally, Michael began his career representing the Federal regulators of the Medicare and Medicaid programs as an attorney with the Office of General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services – often on significant matters of the highest profile and sensitivity, and during his tenure at the Department, as a Special United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He has extensive experience representing clients before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and numerous State agencies.
Michael has represented clients in such areas as reimbursement and coverage counseling and disputes under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, audits, litigation, fraud and abuse counseling, investigations and compliance issues (including development of compliance programs), network development and managed care contracting for post acute entities, preparation of comments and negotiations on significant rulemaking actions, serving as regulatory counsel in complex and significant transactions and acquisitions, crisis management situations, survey and enforcement, licensing and certificate of need, quality improvement, patient care, and privacy issues, and a wide variety of other types of difficult regulatory, operational, and reimbursement matters. He has also supervised matters in a wide variety of other areas for health care related clients.
Michael has a significant familiarity with the health reform legislation and its implementation. He has advised candidates for public office on its progress and implementation and clients on the law, its implications, and strategic planning with the incentives under the law.
Michael has also advised the campaigns of candidates for State and Federal office on a variety of other issues. Additionally, Mr. Cook served on the Long Term Care Work Group of the Health Reform Commission for a former Governor of Virginia, and on the Health Care Transition Teams for the current and a former Governor of Virginia.
Michael has been a guest lecturer at the American University School of Law, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, George Washington University School of Public Health, Shenandoah University, and the Administrative Law Review, and has served as adjunct faculty for an executive course at the Erickson School of Aging Studies of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Michael also served on the faculty for Aspen Systems, Inc., for a course on integrating long-term care into the hospital setting.
In addition, Michael has lectured extensively to a variety of industry groups, such as the American Health Lawyers Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Cavendish Global Health Care Initiative, the American Health Care Association, Leading Age, the National Subacute Care Association, Argentum, the American Hospital Association, the American College of Health Care Administrators, the American Medical Directors Association, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care.
Michael has contributed articles on significant issues to leading medical industry trade publications. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Health and Life Science Law, a publication of the American Health Lawyers Association.
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