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Donna J. Senft

Of Counsel

Donna J. Senft is of counsel in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office.

Professional Biography

Ms. Senft focuses on health care transactions, Medicare enrollment and regulatory matters.

She represents various providers, including hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, portable x-ray supplies, clinical laboratories, home health agencies, hospices, adult day care centers, rehabilitation agencies, physician groups, pharmacies and DMEPOS suppliers in Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and compliance issues, billing matters and claims proposals, and state licensure matters.

Ms. Senft’s practice includes advising health care providers and practitioners regarding acquisitions, mergers and internal reorganizations, focusing on obtaining licenses, Medicare and Medicaid certifications, and billing privileges. In that regard, Ms. Senft has experience in Medicare and Medicaid enrollment matters including completion of NPI applications and CMS 855 forms. Ms. Senft assists Medicare-enrolled providers to maintain complete PECOS data to avoid deactivation or revocation of billing privileges, and to file CAPs and appeals when billing privileges are lost.

For providers facing survey sanctions, Ms. Senft assists in the preparation of plans of correction, informal dispute resolution requests and appeals. Ms. Senft's practice also includes providing advice regarding payment issues, such as responding to denied claims and overpayment demands, credentialing and peer review, and professional disciplinary matters.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Senft used her physical therapy degree to provide more than 20 years of clinical and administrative services to rehabilitation departments in various health care settings, including five years of consultative services to nursing facilities and other long-term care settings throughout the United States.

Ms. Senft is the author of numerous articles and publications on health care topics and is a frequent presenter at seminars for health care providers.

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – American Health Law Association
  • Member – American Physical Therapy Association
  • Member – APTA of Maryland
    • Co-chair – Impaired Professionals Committee (1992 – present)
    • Vice President (1993 – 1996)
    • Second Vice President (1992 – 1993)
  • APTA Representative – CARF National Advisory Committee for Subacute Care, (1993)
  • APTA Representative – HCFA Volunteer Work Group (1994 – 1995)
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association

Community Service


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Health Care Law (2021)
  • Therapy Management Innovations, Inc./American Rehability Services, Account Executive/Clinical Services Director
  • Tri-Home, Director of Rehabilitation
  • Therapy Management Innovations, Inc., Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Harbor Hospital Center, Director of Physical Therapy
  • Fallston General Hospital, Director of Physical Therapy
  • MIEMSS Trauma Rehabilitation Program, Coordinator of Physical Therapy
  • Elizabethtown Hospital for Children and Youth, Physical Therapist
  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Physical Therapist
  • "Medicare and Medicaid Enrollment and Revalidation," Strafford Publications Webinar (May 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "Surviving an Overpayment Demand Resulting from an Extrapolation of a High Error Rate," AHLA 2017 Long Term Care and the Law Program (February 2017)

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  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude
    • Associate Symposium Articles Editor – Law Review
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1978, summa cum laude


  • Maryland
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

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