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Paul M. Adler, DO, FACEP, MBA
PO Box 6743
Ventura CA 93006
USA
phone: 917-974-8073
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Paul M. Adler, DO, FACEP, MBA, Medical Director for the Ventura County, California, Department of Corrections, has worked in Correctional / Jail/ Prison Medicine since 1995. He has overseen the care of inmates in Jails in California and New York, as well as Prison inmates who have been transferred to county facilities to serve their terms for years in county jails in California. He has also overseen Correctional health car in locked units in Hospitals .

Dr. Adler is the President-Elect of The American Correctional Health Services Association of California / Nevada, which represents all clinicians and administrators in Jails/Prisons in California and Nevada. He previously oversaw a County Hospital, County Nursing Home and ran a County Health Department and oversaw Correctional healthcare for the Westchester, New York Jail.

Litigation Support - Dr. Adler has defended Jails and Prisons in Southern California, Idaho, Texas, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, etc. He has been involved in Plaintiff litigation in many states including against Rikers Island, NY and Cook County Jail.

Dr. Adler still works as a full-time practicing physician and has helped attorneys and insurance companies in Emergency Medicine, Nursing Home Medicine, Public Health and Hospital Administration since 1985. Dr. Adler is available to review and consult on clinical Correctional/Jail/Prison cases for attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

Services:
  • Screen Cases for Merit
  • Review, Analyze and interpret Medical Records
  • Provide Basic or Comprehensive Written Reports
  • Interpret Standards of Care, Deviation and Adherences as they Relate to Correctional Health Care
  • Develop Chronological Time Lines
  • Policy and Procedure Development
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P.O. Box 614
Monrovia, CA
Currently Residing In the Yucatan
CA 91017
MEX, USA
phone: 504-208-3913
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Elayne Angel has over 20 years of extensive experience in the Body Piercing Industry. She is known as a pioneer in the field, and a consummate professional revered for knowledge, skills and ethics in the areas of Piercing Techniques, After Care and Healing, and Placements. Ms. Angel has performed over 40,000 piercings since her career began in the 1980s, when she became manager of the first piercing specialty studio in the United States.

Ms. Angel is the author of The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing and the President for the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). Ms. Angel owned and operated her own studio in New Orleans for over 12 years, but closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was the only licensed body art studio in the French Quarter. She also helped to promulgate legislation and train health inspectors on piercing and tattooing for the state of Louisiana.

Awards & Contributions:
  • President's Award for a Lifetime of Contributions by the APP in 2006
  • First wearer of body art to receive a registration from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office
  • Credited as a piercing pioneer by Gauntlet, BMEzine, and others
  • Re-wrote/Edited APP Procedure Manual (Definitive Guide for Safe, Sanitary Piercing Practices)
  • Pens the monthly "Ask Angel" column for Pain Magazine
  • Piercer to popular rock star, Lenny Kravitz
  • Taught numerous classes at the APP conferences in Las Vegas & Amsterdam
  • Featured in the 2003 MTV special, "A Social History of Body Piercing"
  • Spoke to of medical professionals such as: Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) & HIV/AIDS Health Educators of Louisiana
  • Presented at Student Health Centers in Colleges and Universities
Medica Coverage & Recognition:
  • Appeared in a numerous books such as The Illustrated Woman & Modern Primitives
  • Interviewed in varied publications (The National Enquirer, Sun, Rolling Stone, Us Magazine, etc.)
  • Appeared on various TV, radio, & news broadcasts
  • Photos have been used on book and album covers, and in print media ads for music CDs, computer products, cars, laser tattoo removal, & more
Elayne Angel
Piercing pioneer Elayne Angel has performed over 40,000 piercings since the 1980s and has brought many practices, such as tongue-piercing, into the mainstream. She brings her exhaustive knowledge to this groundbreaking manual that covers everything you need to know about the process, including. . .
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Comprehensive Medical Legal Services, LLC
Sandra Gardner, BSN, RN, LNC, CNLCP
Liberty MO 64068
USA
phone: 816-260-0402
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Sandra Gardner, BSN, RN, LNC, CNLCP, Founder and Owner of Comprehensive Medical Legal Services, LLC offers Legal Nurse Consulting, Nurse Life Care Planning, and Medical Record Review services.

Ms. Gardner concurrently works with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as Service Coordinator for the Bureau of Special Health Care Needs. In this role, she oversees case management, authorizing in-home services for children with special needs, coordinating families with resources for DME and other services, and serving as liaison between families and physicians.

Litigation Support - Ms. Gardner provides support for cases involving Medical Care and Malpractice. Her services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Her services and expertise include:
  • Organizing and Summarizing Medical Records
  • Medical Chronologies
  • Life Care Planning
  • Managed Care for Hospice Patients
  • Managed Care for Palliative Care Patients
  • Communicable Disease Investigation
  • Medical / Surgical Bedside Care
  • Home-based Primary Care Case Management
  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Home Telehealth Monitoring
  • Walk-in Triage
  • Patient Education
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    Dawn Cook
    RN, LNCP-C, CLCP, LNC
    1001 E Sunset Rd #97553
    Las Vegas NV 89193
    United States
    phone: 702-544-2159
    fax: 702-543-7133
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    Dawn L. Cook is a licensed Registered Nurse triple certified in life care planning. She has worked with serious and catastrophic illness and injury for over 30 years including clinical settings, home care and life care planning. Dawn Cook has prepared over 400 expert reports and has testified at deposition or trial at state court or Federal Court. As a life care planner, Ms. Cook prepares Life Care Plans, Life Care Plan Rebuttals, Future Medical Cost Projections and Past Medical Bill Reviews for plaintiff and defense. As a life care planner, she has worked with the following injuries:

    • Traumatic and Anoxic Brain Injury
    • Pediatric Brain Injury
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Neck and Back Pain
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • CRPS
    • Dental Injuries
    • Orthopedic Injuries
    • Multiple Trauma
    • Strokes
    • Amputations
    • Kidney Transplantation

    Services include:

    • Expert Testimony
    • Life Care Plans
    • Mini/Preliminary Life Care Plans
    • Life Care Plan Rebuttals
    • Future Medical Cost Projections
    • Reasonableness of Medical Bills
    • Consulting
    • Plaintiff and Defense work
    • Deposition and Trial Testimony experience

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    Diane Meehan and Associates
    Diane Meehan, RN, PhD, APRN, BC, CLNC
    208 Chelsea St
    Staten Island NY 10307
    USA
    phone: 646-496-2809
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    Diane Meehan RN, PhD, APRN, BC, CLNC, is a clinically active Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Meehan has over 35 years of clinical experience in Hospitals, Long Term Care, Home Health, Primary Care, and Academia. Her experience includes Assistant Professor of Nursing, Hospice Coordinator, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

    A frequent presenter, Dr. Meehan has delivered numerous presentations on Advanced Pediatric Assessment and other topics within her expertise at medical centers and nursing conventions in her area. She serves as a Mentor / Preceptor for NP Students, and is a published author with expertise in Pediatric Stroke and Disability.

    Litigation Support - As a Legal Nurse Consultant, Dr. Meehan reviews and analyzes cases to assess merit, saving time and resources. She prepares in-depth literature searches that provide the foundation for case development. Dr. Meehan is proficient in summarizing medical records and in the preparation of reports to bolster a position. She is experienced in cases dealing with Nurse Practitioner and Medical malpractice, in pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.

    Dr. Meehan is experienced as both a Testifying and Consulting Expert for the NY State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline. She is a frequent Presenter, Mentor/Preceptor for NP Students, and is a published author with expertise in Pediatric Stroke and disability.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Cardiopulmonary Diseases
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Stroke
    • Nursing Homes
    • End of Life
    • Failure to Diagnose
  • Informed Consent
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Physical Examination Performance
  • Assessing Risk for Anesthesia
  • Airway Risk Factors
  • Sleep Apnea
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    Donna S. Jones, RN
    1864 Gordon Manor NE
    Atlanta GA 30307
    USA
    phone: 404-290-2733
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    DSJ & Associates provides an array of expert, medical legal nurse consulting services that include: nursing negligence and malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death, as well as Medical Care Review and Nursing Care Review for merit and Medical Record Review for adherence for Nursing Standard of Care for plaintiff, defense and insurance companies.

    Donna has over 40 years experience in Critical Care, Respiratory ICU, Cardiac Care, Progressive Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and remains clinically active in Critical Care. She maintains current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Principles and Practices in Pain Management, NIH Stroke Scale and Patient Restraints. Certification from National Institute Health Stroke Scale NIHSS

    For more information on DSJ's and Donna's background and experience go to: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donnajonesrn

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    Erin O'Callaghan BS, MA, JD, CRC, NCC, LPC, CLCP
    145 S. Livernois #102
    Rochester Hills Michigan 48307
    USA
    phone: 248-312-9597
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    Erin O’Callaghan BS, MA, JD, CRC, NCC, LPC, CLCP, is a Life Care Planner, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, and Licensed Attorney with over 13 years of experience as a Rehabilitation Professional.

    Ms. O’Callaghan has consistently provided the highest standards of professional ethics while staying current with the needs of modern and complex litigation. Her experience and training gives a unique perspective as a forensic rehabilitation evaluator. She has an in depth understanding of the evidentiary requirements of an expert’s evaluation and conclusion, including the importance of following an accepted methodology in the process and preparation of an opinion.

    Ms. O’Callaghan is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, International Academy of Life Care Planners, Michigan Rehabilitation Association, and the Michigan Bar Association. She is also a qualified Vocational Expert by the Social Security Administration.

    Erin O’Callaghan has been providing Litigation Support to counsel for Plaintiff and Defense for 11 years. She has provided over 1,000 cost projections and has testified in both Federal and State cases. Ms. O’Callaghan has specialized knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Social Security issues, and Medicare Set Asides. Her services include case management, earning capacity evaluations, long term care evaluations, and personal injury assessments.

    Litigation Support Services for:
    • Tortious Injury / Negligence
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Worker's Compensation
    • Auto No Fault
    • Wrongful Death
    • Long Term Disability
    • Divorce
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    Lynn M. Shaffer, RN, CLNC
    213 Thelma Road
    Central Square NY 13036
    USA
    phone: 315-676-2157
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    Lynn M. Shaffer, RN, CLNC®, is Registered Nurse with certification in Legal Nurse Consulting and the founder and managing member of Legal Nurse Consultants of CNY, LLC. Ms. Shaffer's 20 years of nursing experience includes clinical practice in hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices, and supervisory roles. She has specialized in Long Term Care / Rehabilitation for most of her nursing career.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Shaffer provides consulting and expert witness services for attorneys’ cases including criminal, disability, personal liability, toxic tort, and medical malpractice (specializing in long term care). As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, she assists insurance companies and attorneys with screening cases for merit, locating medical and nursing experts, and analyzing and interpreting medical records for both plaintiff and defense.

    Ms. Shaffer's CLNC® services also include: development of reports, timelines and chronologies to highlight the significant medical events, identify adherences to and deviations from applicable standards of care, and assess injuries and identify causation issues and pre-existing contributing factors. She also attends and reports on Independent Medical Exams in the Central New York areas.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Geriatrics Independent Medical Examinations
    • Long Term Care / Rehabilitation
    • Managed Care Medical Malpractice
    • Medical Records Review
    • Nursing Home Malpractice
    • Nursing Home Medical Malpractice
    • Nursing Home Safety
  • Nursing Home Staffing / Training
  • Nursing Homes Standards of Care
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Nursing Policy & Procedures
  • Personal Injury
  • Disability
  • Wrongful Death
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    Mary Wickens, JD, CFE
    2237 Raby Road
    East Lansing MI 48823
    USA
    phone: 248-770-4906
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    Mary Wickens, JD, CFE has over 35 years experience in the Healthcare Insurance, Managed Care, and Compliance Industry. Her experience includes advising and counseling health care providers, insurers, government contractors, and others in compliance, ethics, fraud and abuse, Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Employees Plan, managed care, and other matters.

    Background Experience - Ms. Wickens is a former compliance officer for a major health insurer and former legal and compliance specialist for a CMS Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor. Also a former operations director for government programs (Medicare Part C, Medi-gap, and FEHBP) for a major HMO, she is experienced with government audits and investigations, commercial audits, as well as self-reporting and internal investigations.

    Ms. Wickens has decades of experience as in house counsel to HMOs and health insurers. She has drafted, developed, negotiated, and implemented numerous healthcare provider-payor contracts, and developed and implemented codes of conduct, ethics programs, compliance programs and numerous corrective action plans.

    Litigation Support - Mary Wickens provides litigation support, including skilled expert services, reports and testimony in federal False Claims Act cases, arbitrations, and provider-payer disputes. She is an experienced testifying expert, responsive to the needs of counsel, with excellent report writing skills. Ms. Wickens' services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medicare
    • False Claims Act (FCA)
    • Health Insurance
    • HMO
    • Medicare Advantage
    • Provider / Payor Disputes
    • Claims Audits and Appeals
    • Federal Employees Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP)
  • Medicare Part D
  • Government Audits
  • DME
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice
  • Managed Care Contracting
  • Anti-Kickback Compliance
  • Self-disclosures
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    6/6/2018 · Healthcare
    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently joined a federal qui tam lawsuit1 brought against a private equity firm that specializes in health care pharmacies. Notably, the case also charges individual partners of the private equity firm, Riordan, Lewis & Haden, Inc. (RLH) based in Los Angeles2. They are charged with violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the federal False Claims Act (FCA) in connection with their management of Diabetic Care Rx/Patient Care America (PCA), a compounding pharmacy. The case involves reimbursements from TRICARE, the health care program for the military and their families.

    4/12/2017 · Healthcare
    Health care fraud and abuse cases are often won or lost on the effective use of expert witnesses. As health care fraud cases have become more complex and technical, the scope and use of expert testimony has proliferated, and the successful use of experts is one of the lawyer's most important jobs. False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law cases all demand various types of experts to assist the trier of fact in understanding the nature of the case, the morass of rules at play, the evidence, and a variety of billing, valuation, contractual, technical, and compliance concepts. Increasingly, expert reports and testimony play a pivotal role in motions for summary judgment, as well as at trial. Experts also are used in "conference room litigation," such as mediations or negotiations between defense counsel and enforcement agencies. This article is the result of interviews with health care fraud litigators and expert witnesses in the field who identified their best practices to produce optimum outcomes for their clients.

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    Michael F. Arrigo
    620 Newport Center Drive
    Suite 1100
    Newport Beach CA 92662
    USA
    phone: 949-335-5580 x101
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    Managing Partner, Healthcare Practice works with health systems, health IT companies, and health plans. Recent retentions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Drug pricing, patent infringement, medical coding and billing and Qui Tam False Claims Act and fraud case specialties.

    He has in-depth experience in HIPAA mandates, the HITECH Act and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and is a published author and regular speaker. He consults to clients including Health IT investors, Health IT companies, and health plans and hospital systems in matters regarding:HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, HIPAA Breaches, Revenue Cycle Management
  • Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Care Records
  • Quality Measures for Medicare Advantage Hospital Value Based Purchasing
  • Medicare Advantage HEDIS 5-Star Ratings for Health Plans Mr. Arrigo was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal Venture Capital Dispatch regarding medical coding standards and Wall Street Journal Health Blog regarding venture-backed information-technology companies that serve hospitals and health insurers.
  • 4/3/2018 · Healthcare
    Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives are underway in healthcare organizations across the country, with the aims of improving care and reducing costs. Are they working? At least one such initiative, at Baptist Health South Florida, is providing solid return on investment.

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    Rebecca E. Czarnik, RN, MS, CLNC, LNCP-C, CMSP
    15025 Broili Dr.
    Reno NV 89511-9260
    USA
    phone: 775-853-1125
    fax: 775-201-1617
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    Becky Czarnik, RN, MS, CLNC, LNCP-C, CMSP, Owner, Sierra Nurse Consultants, is a certified as a Nurse Life Care Planner, Legal Nurse Consultant, and a Medicare Secondary Payor Professional.

    As a Nurse Life Care Planner, Becky has worked with patients with serious illness and injury for over 30 years, and uses this experience to build Life Care Plans to assist clients to regain their highest level of independence post catastrophic injury or illness. Her primary focus is on individuals with catastrophic injuries including:
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Multiple Trauma
    • Brain Injury
    • Amputations
  • Personal Injury/Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Burns
  • Stroke
  • Litigation Support – Becky Czarnik is retained by plaintiffs and defendants to prepare Life Care Plans, Life Care Plan Critiques, Future Medical Cost Projections and Past Medical Bill Reviews since 2008.

    Expert Services Include:
    • Life Care Plans
    • Special Needs Trust Review
    • Life Care Plan Critique
    • Medical Cost Projections
    • Medicare Set Asides
    We are in the business of providing reports with depth and clarity to assist our clients to make decisions about the direction of their cases.

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