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  • Education
    • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1976, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Student Writing Editor
    • B.A., cum laude, Wellesley College, 1973
  • Court Admissions
    • 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.
  • 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.