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Baker Donelson Welcomes Health Lawyers Tom Baker and Gina Greenwood to Georgia Offices

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(Atlanta, GA/March 26, 2009) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, is pleased to announce that Thomas “Tom” William Baker and Gina Ginn Greenwood have joined the Firm, expanding Baker Donelson’s health law capabilities in Georgia. Mr. Baker, a partner, is based in the Firm’s Atlanta office, and Ms. Greenwood, Of Counsel, splits her time between Baker Donelson’s Atlanta and Macon offices. Previously, Mr. Baker was a partner at Troutman Sanders and Ms. Greenwood was with Alston & Bird.

“Both Tom and Gina’s contributions will greatly strengthen our ability to serve health care providers from our Georgia office,” said Linda A. Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Georgia locations.

“We are delighted to have them in the group,” added Richard Cowart, chair of the Firm’s Health Department. “They are both highly regarded practitioners and their combined experience brings significant depth to our health care practice, both in Georgia and nationally.”

Mr. Baker works with hospitals, physicians, physician group practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, rehabilitation agencies, hospices, mental retardation facilities, independent diagnostic testing facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, therapy providers, management companies, durable medical equipment suppliers, and assisted living and personal care homes. He has experience in handling matters involving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, formulation of Corporate Compliance Plans, integrated delivery systems, provider and practitioner networks and provider sponsor organizations, managed care agreements, telemedicine, certificate of need proceedings and appeals, and licensure and certification. Mr. Baker also has experience in business formation and planning, financing and general business matters.

Additionally, Mr. Baker is an approved dispute resolver by the American Health Lawyers Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Service. He frequently serves as an arbitrator for healthcare related disputes. He is a frequent author and sought-after speaker on health care related topics, and he is an adjunct faculty member for Auburn University’s Executive MBA Program, teaching a course in “The Legal Aspects of Health Care Business Transactions.” He was recognized in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who in Health Care" in 2004 and 2005, and was just named an Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News.

Mr. Baker earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University. He holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and an A.B. degree from Syracuse University. He is an active member of the Georgia Hospital Association, the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, the National Association of Specialty Healthcare Organizations, the Southern Institute for Business of Professional Ethics and the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys.

Ms. Greenwood is experienced in federal and state health care compliance, having represented a variety of entities including pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, home health agencies, dialysis providers, CCRCs, assisted living facilities and billing companies, She represents clients in connection with fraud and abuse compliance and investigations, reimbursement matters, clinical trial issues, and other regulatory matters.

Ms. Greenwood has authored numerous health care materials including HIPAA Privacy and Security policy manuals, licensure policy manuals, Internet-based employee training modules, fraud and abuse compliance programs and employee manuals. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of licensure/JCAHO compliance, avoiding medical malpractice, HIPAA and EMTALA compliance, and various other health care topics.

She earned her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law and her B.S. from University of Georgia, magna cum laude. Ms. Greenwood plays an active role in several Atlanta organizations, including the Do the Write Thing Youth Writing Program Committee, and recently completed a two-year term on the board of directors for the Atlanta Chapter of the American Liver Foundation.

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