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Medical Coding Legal Advisory Committee

The Legal Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the national office of AAPC, the AAPC National Advisory Board, and the AAPC Chapter Association. Members occasionally author articles on compliance and legal issues associated with medical coding for Healthcare Business Monthly, and speak on legal issues at AAPC events.

Timothy P. Blanchard, JD, MHA, FHFMA
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Mr. Blanchard practiced for 20 years with a leading international law firm prior to forming his own practice, Blanchard Manning LLP, handling health care regulatory issues (e.g., coverage, billing, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, HIPAA privacy). He chairs the American Health Lawyer Association's annual institute on Medicare and Medicaid payment issues, and serves on AAPC's Legal Advisory Committee.

Julie E. Chicoine, JD, RN, CPC
Ohio State University Medical Center

Julie Chicoine is an attorney at law and registered nurse with several years of health care experience. Julie has served both as in-house and external legal counsel for hospitals providing guidance on coding, billing and reimbursement issues as well as compliance with federal and state regulatory laws for a wide range of hospital services. She has a particular expertise in CPT®, HCPCS and ICD-9-CM coding practices for diagnosis, procedures and services performed by physicians and other providers. Julie currently serves as compliance director for the Ohio State University Medical Center, where her responsibilities include oversight of the Medical Center’s Integrity and Compliance program, and directing system-wide operations and activities relating to compliance with federal health care program requirements. Julie earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She also holds a Bachelor of Science and Nursing degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. She has written and spoken widely on health care issues, with special attention to regulatory and reimbursement issues.

Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC
Miscoe Health Law, LLC / Practice Masters, Inc.

Michael Miscoe is president of Practice Masters, Inc. and the founding partner of Miscoe Health Law, LLC. He is a past member of the AAPC National Advisory Board (NAB) and current member of the Legal Advisory Board (LAB). He is admitted to the Bar in the state of California as well as to the practice of law before the U.S. District Courts in the Southern District of California and the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Miscoe has nearly 20 years of experience in health care coding and over 13 years as a coding and compliance expert testifying in civil and criminal cases. Mr. Miscoe’s law firm concentrates on Medicare and other federal health benefit plan post payment audit appeals as well as HIPAA Office of Civil Rights matters. Mr. Miscoe is a nationally recognized lecturer and has written dozens of articles addressing a wide variety of coding and healthcare regulatory compliance topics.

Christopher A. Parrella, JD, CPC, CHC
Member of The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale, PA in Miami

The firm concentrates on criminal, civil, regulatory, licensure, and compliance representation of all health care provider and supplier types. Mr. Parrella received his JD from the Massachusetts School of Law in 1997. He is a frequent national lecturer on health care compliance topics.

Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC
Senior University Counsel for Health Affairs -
Jacksonville, University of Florida

Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC®, provides a wide range of legal support services for the University of Florida with exclusive legal responsibility for the University of Florida Jacksonville Health Science Center and its related not-for-profit corporate support entities. Robert is certified as a Health Care Law Specialist by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He is certified by the AAPC as a professional coder and is a member of both the AAPC Legal Advisory Board and the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors.

Stacy Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC — Overland Park, KS
Health Care Department Counsel at Lathrop & Gage, LLP

Stacy Harper served as office manager for a medical practice in Lawrence, Kan., where she was responsible for coding, billing, medical records, and reception operations, and administering the practice’s auditing and corporate compliance programs. She obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and master’s degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Harper’s legal practice now focuses on regulatory compliance and reimbursement for health care providers. She has experience working with a wide range of providers including multi-specialty physicians, acute and critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, independent diagnostic testing facilities, and rural health clinics.