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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
Blanchard Manning LLP

Prior to forming his own practice, Blanchard Manning LLP, in 2009, Mr. Blanchard practiced for 20 years with a leading international law firm. He handles health care regulatory and compliance issues, including coverage, billing, reimbursement, overpayment issues, fraud and abuse, and HIPAA privacy. He is a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association and a past chair of its Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues. He has served on the AAPC's Legal Advisory Committee since its inception.

Julie E. Chicoine, JD, RN, CPC

Julie Chicoine is an Associate General Counsel with Sidra Medicine, a newly opened teaching facility, affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and located in Doha, Qatar, where she is advising on legal and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Sidra, Julie served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Texas Hospital Association, representing more than 450 Texas hospitals and health systems on state and federal health law and policy matters.

Julie also has several years of experience advising academic medical centers, both in private practice and as in-house counsel on matters including compliance, research, employment, risk management and health care reimbursement.

In addition to the practice of law, Julie is a former registered nurse and is accredited as a CPC and served as an advisor to the American Medical Association's CPT Advisory Committee for several years.

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 and is admitted to the practice of law in Texas.

Michael D. Miscoe JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO, CPMA, CEMA

Mr. Miscoe has over 25 years of experience in healthcare coding and over 20 years as a forensic coding/compliance expert and consultant. He has provided forensic analysis and testimony as an expert witness on a wide range of coding and compliance issues in civil and criminal cases on behalf of providers and payers. Mr. Miscoe's law practice concentrates on representation of healthcare providers involved in post-payment disputes with commercial and government payers. He has an extensive national speaking background and has been published in numerous publications on a variety of coding, compliance and health law topics. He is the President of the AAPC National Advisory Board, is a member of the AAPC Legal Advisory Board and is the Chair of the AAPC Ethics Committee.

Christopher A. Parrella, JD, CHC, CPC, CPCO
The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale, P.A.
Miami, Fl.

Christopher A. Parrella is a member of The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale, P.A. The firm was established in 1982 and is recognized nationwide as a leading defense firm in health care law and consulting. The firm concentrates exclusively in criminal, civil, overpayment, regulatory, licensure, and compliance representation for all health care provider/supplier types. Chris travels the country on behalf of a wide range of health care organizations lecturing on varying topics affecting their particular industries. He is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) National Legal Advisory Board and Ethics Committee. Chris is a Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Compliance Officer designated by the AAPC. He is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association of America (HCCA.) Chris received his Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law and is a member of the State Bar. He received his bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University.

Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC, CPCO
Deputy General Counsel -
University of South Florida

Mr. Pelaia provides a wide range of legal support services for the University of South Florida, with exclusive legal responsibility for USF Health 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 AAPC as a professional coder (CPC) and a professional compliance officer (CPCO). Robert is a member of AAPC's Legal Advisory Board, a past member of AAPC's National Advisory Board (NAB) from 2009-2011, and he also served on AAPC's Chapter Association Board of Directors (AAPCCA) from 2007-2009. He is a member of the Tampa, Florida local chapter.

Stacy Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC — Overland Park, KS
Spencer Fane LLP

Stacy Harper counsels healthcare providers, health plans, and other vendors serving the healthcare community on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, and data privacy and security issues. She is a member of her firm's healthcare team and chairs the firm's data privacy and cybersecurity practice. Stacy 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. She is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Marcie Swenson, RN, JD, CHC
Healthicity

Marcie has diverse experience in healthcare including EMT, registered nurse, nurse manager, administrator, attorney, and compliance officer. She has experience consulting and managing compliance programs for a wide range of clients including several large health systems, 24 hospitals, 16 rural & Critical Access Hospitals, 235 physician clinics, air & ground ambulance providers, and various professional associations. Marcie is often recognized by her work as Region Compliance Officer for Intermountain Healthcare and her experience managing a sophisticated large-scale compliance program that included large and small hospitals, children’s hospital, academic teaching hospital, ESRD, physician clinics, imaging centers, hospice, home health, retail pharmacies, telehealth/telemedicine, supply chain and procurement, skilled nursing, and urgent care.

Marcie lectures and speaks on Healthcare Regulations and Compliance at regional and national events like Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCA) Annual Compliance Institute, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, compliance webinars, state bar health law sections, and hospital associations.

Marcie has contributed to several American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) publications and was a section author for the book, Representing Hospitals and Health Systems (2016). Marcie is an editor for AHLA’s Healthcare Consumer FAQ publications (2016 and ongoing) and was an editor for the Journal of Public Law (2011).