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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading global provider of intelligent solutions for legal and business professionals.  Hospitals, lawyers, government healthcare agencies and medical organizations require robust and transparent processes to operate with optimal efficiency and manage risk effectively. Our editors provide intelligent workflow tools and content solutions to ensure that your resources are employed in the most productive way, saving time and cost for true bottom line impact. The Wolters Kluwer Health Law editorial team is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Sarah E. Baumann, JD

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Sarah Baumann is a writer analyst in the Health Law area division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.  Her areas of content expertise include Medicare and Medicaid and she contributes to the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, the Medicare and Medicaid Guide, and the Wolters Kluwer health law blog.  Sarah spent more than seven years in private practice before joining Wolters Kluwer.  She earned her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law and her dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia in psychology and Spanish.

 

Kathryn S. Beard, JD

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Kathryn Beard has been a writer analyst with the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business since 2013. She contributes to the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily and the Wolters Kluwer Health Law blog. Before joining Wolters Kluwer, Kathryn spent four years in private practice representing not-for-profit health care associations. She has a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

 

 

Harold Bishop, JD

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Harold Bishop is a senior writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business since 1998. During this time, he has been the lead or co-editor for several newsletters, loose-leaf reporters, and books. Harold’s areas of concentration include food, drugs, medical devices, Medicare Parts C and D, and health care compliance.  Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Harold served as an Assistant State’s Attorney (criminal division) and as a criminal and civil litigation associate in a private AV-rated law firm. Harold earned his undergraduate degree in business from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Harold’s publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Food Drug and Cosmetics Reporter; Medical Devices Reporter; Medicare and Medicaid Guide; Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; Journal of Health Care Compliance; Health Care Compliance Letter; Medicare Part D: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit; Social Security Benefits Including Medicare; and CCH’s Law, Explanation and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Jenny Burke, JD, MS

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Jenny Burke has been a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law and Business since 2001. Jenny’s areas of content expertise include health care reimbursement, Medicare benefits and coverage, compliance, home health, and hospice. During her time at Wolters Kluwer, Jenny left for a two year period to serve as a Law Clerk for the Illinois Appellate Court, First District. Jenny has a law degree from DePaul University with a Certificate in Health Law, and a Master’s degree in Health Law and Policy from DePaul’s Public Services program. Her undergraduate degree in English Literature was completed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jenny’s publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Danielle H. Capilla, JD

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Danielle Capilla is a senior writer analyst in the Health Law area of Wolters Kluwer Law and Business where she has worked since 2009. Danielle is the lead editor of the Wolters Kluwer health law blog and a senior writer and analyst of the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Reports and Medical Devices Reports publications. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Danielle worked as an associate attorney at a medical malpractice law firm. Danielle graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a health law certificate and she has an undergraduate degree in sociology and business from Tulane University. Danielle’s additional publication credits include the Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Paul Clark

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Paul Clark has been the Supervisor of General Health Content in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business since 2013.  He has been with the company since 1985. During this time, he has been a lead editor on several newsletters, loose-leaf reporters and books. Paul’s areas of content expertise include Medicare and Medicaid, especially reimbursement-related issues; national and state-wide health reform; managed care; and legal issues pertaining to the elderly. Paul’s publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Greg Hammond, JD

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Greg Hammond is a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Greg was an associate attorney at a general practice firm, focusing on elder law and estate planning. He contributes to Health Law Daily, Health Reform WK-EDGE, and the Wolters Kluwer Health Law Blog. Greg received his law degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Sheila Lynch-Afryl, JD, MA

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Sheila Lynch-Afryl is a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Sheila’s areas of concentration include Medicare benefits, coverage, and reimbursement; healthcare compliance; and state health law. Sheila is the lead editor of E-dition Compliance Monitor Plus and Physicians’ Medicare Guide, and she has contributed to ComplyTrack. Her additional publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Medicare and Medicaid Guide, Medicare Explained, Medicare Master Guide, CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Health Care Compliance Newsletter. Sheila has worked in private practice and as a judicial clerk for an Illinois Appellate Court justice. Sheila earned her undergraduate degree and J.D. from Valparaiso University and her Master of Arts in Writing from DePaul University.

Jay Nawrocki, MA

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Jay Nawrocki is a senior writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, where he has worked since 1998. During this time, he has been the lead editor for several newsletters, loose-leaf reporters and books. Jay’s areas of content expertise include Medicare and Medicaid and State health law.  Prior to working for Wolters Kluwer, Jay worked as a legislative analyst for the Minnesota State Senate and the Illinois General Assembly analyzing legislation being considered by the Health Care Committee, the Family Service Committee and Appropriations Committee for the Minnesota State Senate and for the Insurance, Pension and Licensed Activities Committee and the Appropriations Committee of the Senate for the Illinois General Assembly. Jay has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin– Madison.  Jay’s publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Anthony H. Nguyen, JD

Anthony H. Nguyen is a senior writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business were he has worked since 2007. He is the lead editor of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Reports and Medical Devices Reports, which focuses on matter related to the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration. He also writes and contributes to a wide range of health care reimbursement and compliance issues. Anthony has a law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Anthony’s additional publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Michelle Oxman, JD, LLM

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Michelle Oxman has been a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business since 2004. Michelle’s areas of content expertise include Medicare, Medicaid and other health law related issues. Before joining Wolters Kluwer, Michelle practiced law in Illinois and Florida, where she served as a senior attorney for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Michelle earned her law degree at Loyola University of Chicago and LL.M at Temple University. Michelle’s publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, the Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Kelly J. Rooney, JD

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Kelly J. Rooney is the Supervisor of Current Awareness in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. She has been with the company since 2008.  Kelly’s areas of content expertise include Medicare benefits and coverage, health care reimbursement, and Health Reform.  Kelly graduated from DePaul University College of Law and has an undergraduate degree in political science from Central Michigan University. Kelly’s publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; Journal of Health Care Compliance; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Patricia K. Ruiz, JD

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Patricia K. Ruiz is a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. She contributes to Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, and the Wolters Kluwer Health Law blog. Before joining Wolters Kluwer, Patricia worked as an associate attorney for a general practice law firm and spent some time in private practice serving elder law and estate planning clients. She earned her law degree from Northern Illinois University and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Melissa Skinner, JD

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Melissa Skinner is a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.  Before joining the Health Law team, Melissa was a member of a general practice firm where she specialized in civil litigation. She contributes to Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, and the Wolters Kluwer Health Law blog. Melissa earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law where she was the Managing Editor of Notes and Comments on the Law Review.  Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in political science from New College of Florida.  Melissa is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida.

 

Susan Smith, JD, MA

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Susan Smith is an Editorial Lead in the Health Law division of  Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, where she has worked since 1995. She is the Coordinating Editor for the Health Care Compliance Professional’s Manual and a contributing writer analyst for ComplyTrack. Susan has been the Coordinating Editor for the Health Care Compliance Portfolio as well as Corporate Governance for Health Care and Compliance: A Practical Guide amd HIPAA Privacy and Security Guides. Susan’s areas of content expertise include health care compliance, Medicare appeals, cost reports, and the prospective payment system.  Prior to coming to Wolters Kluwer Susan spent two years in private practice. Susan has a law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law, a Master Degree in counseling psychology from the Adler Institute, post graduate work in speech pathology, and a bachelor’s degree in English/Speech from the University of California Los Angeles. Susan’s other publication credits include the Health Reform WK-EDGE, Health Law Daily, the Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; CCH Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; Health Care Compliance Newsletter; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Nicole Stone, JD, MBA

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Nicole Stone is the Director of the Health Reform KnowlEDGE Center and Sr. Managing Editor for the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Nicole’s areas of content expertise include health care reimbursement, coding and billing, and Health Reform. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer in 2004, Nicole was an associate attorney at a medical malpractice law firm focusing on physician practice defense. Nicole has a MBA from Benedictine University, and a law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Her undergraduate degree in Political Science was also completed at Northern Illinois University. Nicole’s publication credits include the Medicare and Medicaid Guide; the annual Master Medicare Guide; Medicare Explained; and the CCH Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Rachel Watson, JD

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Rachel Watson is a writer analyst in the Health Law division of Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer she worked as an attorney for the federal government in Washington DC, managing legal services for a $1+ billion Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP). She was responsible for providing advice on specific impacts of relevant statutes, regulations, guidance, orders, and legal decisions; and she represented the USACE before the Office of the Secretary of Defense, other federal agencies, states, cities, municipalities, and other parties. Rachel graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law with a JD and she has a M.A. degree in Public-Private Development from the University of Maryland.

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