Reagan Swisher, J.D. ’15 “I sent an email earlier this year to Professor Colombo to thank her because the health care compliance training has been so important to me. She asked me to write something demonstrating the compliance programs impact on me. I must admit, I have been putting off writing this as I wasn’t sure what I would say or that I had anything to demonstrate how useful this training has been. However, at the end of last week I had some really good examples.
“The day began with negotiating a contract with a new Family Practice provider ensuring that the amount I offered was at Fair Market Value and that it would be reduced to writing. Although this may not seem like a major event, the training I received from the Health Law Institute played a major role. I knew the rules I had to comply with and where to find guidance on what to consider when making an offer. This knowledge ultimately came from what I learned in the compliance program.
“After the negotiations, I was in Human Resources talking to the Director when one of my direct reports flew through the door in a panic. I assumed it had to do with the E.H.R. transition, but I was wrong. As he stammered for words, I learned what the panic was about. We had been selected for an audit by OCR, as part of their Phase 2 program. I made sure to stay calm and lean on what I learned in Law School. I started updating the necessary staff and prepared a game plan for how to handle the audit.
“My situation is unique; I make decisions independently and try to be financially responsible by bringing in outside help only when necessary. It is up to me to handle whatever comes through the door and I couldn’t do what I do without what I learned through the Health Care Compliance Certificate. That training helped to guide me through these recent events and has prepared me for anything else that comes through the door.”
Reagan is the General Counsel for Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics.