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Allison M. Cohen

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Ms. Cohen's practice focuses on advising academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community hospitals, and health systems on a wide range of health care regulatory and compliance issues.

Professional Biography


Ms. Cohen counsels health care organizations with respect to Medicare coverage and reimbursement issues, including those relating to graduate medical education (GME) payments, telemedicine, patient status, billing for inpatient and outpatient services, and complying with various federal fraud and abuse laws and regulations. On behalf of clients, she also interacts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to obtain regulatory interpretations and policy clarifications, and drafts comment letters for submission to federal administrative bodies. Ms. Cohen also has experience representing health care organizations in administrative litigation including Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) appeals.

Ms. Cohen is active in providing regulatory counsel with respect to telehealth arrangements. In this area, her practice includes analyzing and structuring telemedicine agreements between hospital systems, practitioners, and other institutional health care providers. She regularly evaluates telemedicine arrangements and provides guidance regarding reimbursement, fraud and abuse, licensure, scope of practice, and supervision matters.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Cohen served as a senior policy and regulatory specialist for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and as a public policy specialist for the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance.

  • District of Columbia Bar Health Law Community
    • Chair, Steering Committee (July 1, 2020 – present)
    • Co-Chair, Steering Committee (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020)
    • Co-Chair, New Practitioners Committee
  • Member – Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBADC)
  • Member – American Health Law Association (AHLA)
  • "Telemedicine and Telehealth: An Ever-Changing Opportunity and Regulatory Landscape," D.C. Bar Health Law Community (April 2019)
  • "Telehealth: Navigating Emerging Opportunities," CLE Seminar for In-House Counsel (June 2018)
  • "Telehealth Policy Changes CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule," American Osteopathic Information Association "Connected Care: Telemedicine in Practice," Webinar (December 2017)
  • "GME Funding: Current State and Innovative Proposals," American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Tri-Bureau Meeting (November 2017)
  • "MedPAC and Short Stays," presentation to the COTH Administrative Board (December 2014)
  • "Medicare GME Funding: Current Rules, Growth Opportunities, and a Look to the Future," presentation to Residency Program Directors, University of Virginia Health System (November 2014)
  • "The Two Midnight Rule and Physician Order and Certification Requirements," AHLA Physician In-House Counsel Group Webinar/Educational Call (October 2014)
  • "2015 IPPS/OPPS Payment Rules, Part II: The Can't Miss Issues from the Industry's Perspective," AHLA Regulation, Accreditation and Payment (RAP) Practice Group Webinar (September 2014)
  • "GME Payments: Today and in New Payment Models," presentation to the AAMC Advisory Panel on Healthcare (September 2014)
  • "Update on Medicare's Two Midnight Rule and Related Inpatient Stay Requirements," AHLA Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues (March 2014)

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law, LL.M., Health Law & Policy Concentration, 2011
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Duke University, B.A., Public Policy Studies, 2002

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

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