Mary Beth Blake
Areas of Focus
340B Drug Pricing Program
Academic Medical Centers
Health Care Industry
Health Care Services
Hospitals and Health Systems
Senior Housing and Long Term Care
, Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law,
Student Writing Editor
, Wellesley College
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1981
Mary Beth Blake is a creative problem solver who works with health systems, hospitals, physician groups, hospice organizations, and dental groups. She is an active participant with clients as they plan for the future and update their operations and policies to comply with the ever changing health care environment or respond to regulatory issues and requirements.
Mary Beth's experience as in-house counsel for a large medical school and teaching hospital forms the basis of her understanding and knowledge of various parts of the health care industry and how they relate to each other and the regulatory web where health care providers operate. Clients rely on her to find the path through the regulatory maze to successful business.
Her depth of experience includes management and compliance associated with the federal drug program known as 340B. As a founder of the Center for Practical Bioethics, she is committed to finding solutions to the issues associated with decision making in difficult health care situations. She holds experience in physician contractual arrangements regulated by the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws, as well as sorting out the state regulatory issues that arise in business transactions.
Mary Beth devotes a significant amount of her practice to 340B work that includes audit response, contracting, and policy development. She speaks nationally on 340B compliance for all types of 340B entities. She is highly involved with client responses to patient care issues relating to issues surrounding end of life and other bioethics issues.
Mary Beth is frequently asked to dive into and sort out new and unique patient care issues and enjoys the opportunity to mentor young lawyers.
Selected for inclusion in
The Best Lawyers of America
for Health Care Law, 1993-2018
Selected for inclusion in
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
2010 Class, Kansas City Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business"
The Kansas City Business Journal
as "Best of the Bar" in Health Care; Health Care-Long Term and Senior Housing; Life Sciences, 2010, 2011; Health Care Business, 2012
Honorary Alumnus Award, Nurses Alumni Association of the University of Kansas School of Nursing, 1995
Outstanding Service Award by the Kansas Bar Association, 1999
Kansas Bar Association
Health Law Section
American Health Lawyers Association
Kansas Women Attorneys Association
Association of Women Lawyers, Kansas City, Missouri
Board of Directors, 2008-2010
Greater Kansas City Society of Hospital Attorneys
Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys
Board of Governors 1997-2001
Center for Practical Bioethics, Founder
Past President and Board Member, 1985-present
University of Kansas School of Nursing Advisory Council
President and Board Member, 1990-present
Wellesley College Alumnae Association
Board of Directors 1992-1995
Vice-President, Class of ’73, 1998-2003
Baptist Medical Center, Kansas City
Ethics Committee, 1988-2006
Saint Joseph Health Center
Advisory Council (“Friends of St. Joseph”)
Executive Committee, 1997-2008
Shawnee Mission Education Foundation
Board of Trustees, 2004-present;
KU Medical Center
Assistant General Counsel, 1978-1981
Polsinelli Recruiting Committee
Represented client in sale of surgery practice and negotiation of employment with the hospital, with a condition that a new heart hospital be built. Employment has lasted more than 10 years, the practice has experienced significant growth, and the heart hospital has been built.
Represented client in sale of closely held business to a national home health business, and client was pleased with the terms.
Represented client when state Medicaid claimed that all claims for a period of more than two years for home health were overstated. This was dropped without a hearing, and the balance paid was attributable to miscellaneous technical errors. The result was great for a small home health agency.
Structured a pod lab arrangement (now impossible under revised regulations) for clinical and anatomical lab services in Florida for a Kansas medical practice. The lab came through a CMS audit without complaint while others were shut down. Client saved a significant amount of money on lab services and had better quality than national labs.
Worked with the EMR provider and a home health client to resolve a serious EMR glitch and receive a clean ZPPIC report on the issue.
New 340B Dispute Resolution Process: Will It Level the Playing Field?
MedPAC Report Recommends Reduction in Medicare Part B Payments to 340B Hospitals
March 21, 2016
Orphan Drug Opinion Interpretation
October 16, 2015
Polsinelli Offers Summary and Complimentary Webinar on the 340B Mega-Guidance
September 16, 2015
Breaking News: Proposed 340B Omnibus Guidance Released
August 27, 2015
Impending Deadline: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities - Part 4 of 4
August 6, 2015
Impending Deadline: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities – Part 3 of 4
July 31, 2015
Impending Deadline: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities – Part 2 of 4
July 24, 2015
CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities - Part 1 of 4
July 21, 2015
Special Update: OPA Sends 340B Program Omnibus Guidelines to Office of Management and Budget
May 6, 2015
The ABA Journal Features Health Care Attorney Mary Beth Blake on Living Life Well
January 1, 2014
"I take time to understand the goals unique to each client's health care business."
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