• PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Mississippi School of Law
      J.D., summa cum laude, 2009; Executive Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal,; James Oliver Eastland Scholar; American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence
    • Mississippi State University
      B.B.A., summa cum laude, in Business Information Systems, 2005
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Mississippi
  • CLERKSHIP+
    • Law Clerk to the Hon. Sharion Aycock, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
    • Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Jess H. Dickinson, Supreme Court of Mississippi
S. Blake Adams Associate

Blake Adams practices in the area of health care law with an emphasis on regulatory compliance. He represents a diverse array of health care providers, including hospitals, pharmacies, freestanding health care providers and individual physicians. His practice includes regularly advising clients on variety of compliance issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, Stark law, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback issues, certificates of need, HIPAA, Mississippi community hospital law, the Electronic Health Records Incentives Program, medical staff bylaws and governance, the 340B Drug Program and scope of practice issues.

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Blake Adams practices in the area of health care law with an emphasis on regulatory compliance. He represents a diverse array of health care providers, including hospitals, pharmacies, freestanding health care providers and individual physicians. His practice includes regularly advising clients on variety of compliance issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, Stark law, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback issues, certificates of need, HIPAA, Mississippi community hospital law, the Electronic Health Records Incentives Program, medical staff bylaws and governance, the 340B Drug Program and scope of practice issues.

In addition to his regulatory practice, Mr. Adams’ practice also includes regularly representing providers during administrative appeals at both the administrative law judge level and before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board. He also assists health care providers on transactional issues including acquisitions, covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements and other contractual matters.

Experience

  • Successfully completed state and federal regulatory filings necessary for hospital client to open a distinct-part geriatric psychiatric unit.
  • Represented hospitals seeking geographic reclassification from the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board to obtain substantial increases in Medicare reimbursements.
  • Assisted hospital in preparing disclosure of 340B Drug Program compliance issues to the Office of Pharmacy Affairs and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
  • Represented providers in appeals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board.
  • Represented providers in RAC appeals at the administrative law judge level.
  • Preparation of medical staff bylaws and other governing documents.

Insights

Publications
  • Co-Author, “EMTALA’s Application to Psychiatric Patients,” The RAP Sheet, American Health Lawyers Association (December 2017)
  • Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Enrollment and Certification: Hold on for a Bumpy Ride,” The RAP Sheet, American Health Lawyers Association (March 2017)
  • Author, "Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers," Mississippi Business Journal (September 16, 2016)
  • Editor, Representing Hospitals and Health Systems Handbook (Rural Provider Chapter), American Health Lawyers Association (2016)
  • Contributing Author, Representing Hospitals and Health Systems Handbook (Medicare Geographic Reclassification Section), American Health Lawyers Association (2016)
  • Co-Author, 2015 Healthcare Legislative Summary, The Mississippi Bar Health Law Section newsletter (Fall 2015)
  • Editorial Board, "Corporate Practice of Medicine: Fifty State Survey," American Health Lawyers Association (2014)
  • Co-Author and Editor, "Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Toolkit," American Health Lawyers Association (March 2014)
  • Co-Author, "So What's the Stuff that Makes an Inpatient? Two Midnights and a Physician Order and Certification," The RAP Sheet, American Health Lawyers Association (March 2014)
Speaking Engagements

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Mississippi Bar Association - Business Law Section, Health Law Section (Secretary, 2017-2018; Executive Committee, 2015-2017; Newsletter Editor, 2015-2016)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Group Leadership Development Program, 2016-2017)
  • Mississippi Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Lee County Bar Association (President, 2017-2018; Vice-President, 2016-2017; Secretary/Treasurer, 2015-2016)
  • Lee County Young Lawyers Association

Industries

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Mississippi State University

Admissions

  • Mississippi

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Sharion Aycock, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Jess H. Dickinson, Supreme Court of Mississippi
  • Successfully completed state and federal regulatory filings necessary for hospital client to open a distinct-part geriatric psychiatric unit.
  • Represented hospitals seeking geographic reclassification from the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board to obtain substantial increases in Medicare reimbursements.
  • Assisted hospital in preparing disclosure of 340B Drug Program compliance issues to the Office of Pharmacy Affairs and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
  • Represented providers in appeals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board.
  • Represented providers in RAC appeals at the administrative law judge level.
  • Preparation of medical staff bylaws and other governing documents.
Publications
  • Co-Author, “EMTALA’s Application to Psychiatric Patients,” The RAP Sheet, American Health Lawyers Association (December 2017)
  • Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Enrollment and Certification: Hold on for a Bumpy Ride,” The RAP Sheet, American Health Lawyers Association (March 2017)
  • Author, "Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers," Mississippi Business Journal (September 16, 2016)
  • Editor, Representing Hospitals and Health Systems Handbook (Rural Provider Chapter), American Health Lawyers Association (2016)
  • Contributing Author, Representing Hospitals and Health Systems Handbook (Medicare Geographic Reclassification Section), American Health Lawyers Association (2016)
  • Co-Author, 2015 Healthcare Legislative Summary, The Mississippi Bar Health Law Section newsletter (Fall 2015)
  • Editorial Board, "Corporate Practice of Medicine: Fifty State Survey," American Health Lawyers Association (2014)
  • Co-Author and Editor, "Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Toolkit," American Health Lawyers Association (March 2014)
  • Co-Author, "So What's the Stuff that Makes an Inpatient? Two Midnights and a Physician Order and Certification," The RAP Sheet, American Health Lawyers Association (March 2014)
Speaking Engagements
  • Mississippi Bar Association - Business Law Section, Health Law Section (Secretary, 2017-2018; Executive Committee, 2015-2017; Newsletter Editor, 2015-2016)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Group Leadership Development Program, 2016-2017)
  • Mississippi Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Lee County Bar Association (President, 2017-2018; Vice-President, 2016-2017; Secretary/Treasurer, 2015-2016)
  • Lee County Young Lawyers Association