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Justin R. Hodges, J.D.

Compliance Analyst Candidate

Summary

During law school, I focused my education and training on health care law as it relates to hospital operations, health care organizations and managed care. Specifically, I directed my attention to health care regulatory compliance, the resurgence of health care integration and health care mergers and acquisitions. While concentrating my studies on health law in law school and working at a medical malpractice firm, I gained substantial knowledge and experience in health care regulatory compliance. I also represented the American Bar Association as a health law liaison, captained a team at the L. Edward Bryant National Health Law Competition in Chicago and authored a blog on breaking health care news. 

Legal Education

Aug 2013May 2016

Juris Doctorate

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Special Programs: Health Law Concentration - Health Care Compliance, Health Care Organizations, Regulations & Access, Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care, Administrative Law, Worker's Compensation and Health Care Transactional Competition and Brief Writing.

Competitions: L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition, Chicago, IL.

Activities: PULSE! Health Law Society, Co-President 2014-15 - As Co-President my overall function included ensuring the growth and development of the organization through chairing board and general meetings, establishing membership drives, and overseeing the treasury. I was responsible for ensuring that the organization complied with all policies and procedures of the Student Bar Association and Nova Southeastern University. This included but is not limited to ensuring attendance at Student Bar Association meetings, including roundtables and forums; conducting monthly general and board meetings, overseeing all committees, board members, and members for the best interest of the organization. My role also included overseeing finances as I held equal fiduciary duties of the Treasurer for expenses before the Student Bar Association.

Certifications: LexisNexis Certified

Legal Work History

Apr 2014Present

Litigation Manager

Law Offices of Ken M. Frankel, P.A.

As a litigation manager at a medical malpractice firm, I have been involved in negotiating the resolution of more than $4 million dollars in settlements and trial verdicts. I have obtained extensive experience in a variety of legal settings, such as court hearings, settlement conferences, depositions, client interviews, witness interviews and other similar events. My responsibilities require me to be well versed in nearly every area of the practice from preparing legal drafts and legal research to advising the partners of any changes in the law, synthesizing client cases and formulating legal theories. I deal heavily reviewing client medical records and I am proficient in analyzing medical records, standardized billing and coding forms, including HCFAs, and HIPAA privacy and security provisions.

Moot Court

2015 L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition, Chicago, IL.

  • Team Captain, 2015 - I served as the Captain of a 3-man team of health law students representing Nova Southeastern University. This was a national law school competition sponsored by the American Bar Association. This competition required our team to apply corporate lawyering and counseling skills in presenting our legal position and recommendations to a large non-profit hospital system, including several physician groups and an ACO, transitioning to managed care and considering its options for entering both the commercial health insurance market as a payor and the DME supply market. Our client’s primary goals were to vertically integrate into a “from birth to death” system and offer insurance products on state exchanges. Our principal recommendations involved acquiring or entering a joint venture with a local payor occupying a small share of the local market. Our recommendation involved expanding the acquired payor’s products and specialty network to include more qualified health plans and accommodate the ACA’s network adequacy requirements. Our analysis was exhaustive and accounted for the interplay between the operations, billing and marketing platforms among the newly formed payor and DME subsidiaries. We set timelines to meet federal and state reporting requirements, created a compliance plan tailored for the DME subsidiary to avoid AKS and Stark implications, created an expense plan to account for the ACA’s Medical Loss Ratio rule and hired a third-party administrator to audit the transactions between the hospital system and its Payor subsidiary. We prepared a 30-page memorandum explaining our recommendations and then appeared in a boardroom environment before distinguished attorneys and health care executives serving as our client’s “Executive Management Team” to present our analysis of our client’s positions and how they should proceed.

Health Law Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
    • Physician Issues - Interest Group Subcommittee - Liaison 2015-16

In this position my responsibilities include working with the IG' s leadership to author weekly articles on current health law topics , promoting the interest group using social media, participating in the IG' s leadership's monthly conference calls and providing assistance as needed by the IG Chair.

    • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member
    • Broward County Bar Association, Member

    Blog

    During Law School I created a blog called The Health Law Board - AAALM.WEEBLY.COM. The blog was targeted at informing those with a foundation in health law about current news regarding health law, policy and regulations in the United States. I authored several articles in the healthcare regulatory compliance field including breaking news on Millenium Health’s 2015 $256 million settlement for FCA, Stark and AKS violations, a 500 hospital $250 million settlement resulting from Qui Tam lawsuits involving ICD surgeries performed within the 40-day wait period for patients who recently suffered heart attacks.

    Community Involvement

    American Bar Association - Health Law Section, 2015-2016 - Volunteer

    NSU Health Professions Inter-professionalism Day, 2016 - Panelist Volunteer

    Relay For Life (Miramar, Florida), 2015 – Volunteer

    Kick For A Cause at NSU, 2015 – Volunteer

    Professional References

    Lanny M. Feldman, Esq., Attorney at Lanny M. Feldman, P.A.  (954) 580-0431

    Sylvia Reichert, Esq., Attorney at Boca Raton Reqional Hospital.  (954) 562-9773

    Kathy Cerminera, Esq., J.S.D., L.L.M., Director of Health Law Program and Professor at NSU College of Law.  (954) 262-6193