United States: Vinson & Elkins Announcements: Board Certified Attorneys
Last Updated: January 6 2003

Vinson & Elkins is proud to announce that V&E Health Industry Group attorneys Debbi Johnstone and Susan Feigin Harris have become two of the first attorneys in the State of Texas to pass the written examination and be declared "Board Certified in Health Law." The test, administered by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization, was recently added to the list of nineteen areas of law in which an attorney may become Board Certified. Board Certification is a voluntary designation program for attorneys and legal assistants. To become Board Certified in a specialty area, an attorney must have been licensed to practice law for at least five years; devoted a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years; handled a wide variety of matters in the area to demonstrate experience and involvement; attended continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date; been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges; and passed a 6-hour written examination.


Dennis Barry, co-Chair of V&E's Health Industry Group, is the featured speaker for an audioteleconference hosted by HFMA on January 8, 2003, from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. CST, "Outliers and Other Charge-Related Payment: Assess Risk and Learn How to Respond to Increased Scrutiny of Your Medicare Charges." This conference will teach assessment of risks and protection from adverse inferences that may be reached by auditors reviewing any charge increases that may have affected outlier payments. For information on participating, contact HFMA at http://www.hfma.org/education/atc/jan08_2003.htm.



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