Melissa A. Hudzik
Melissa leverages years of experience to counsel health care clients on billing and reimbursement, coding, and fraud and abuse matters. She advises clients on health care regulatory compliance, including creating new compliance programs and conducting compliance audits. She also represents providers in licensing and Medicare certification proceedings.
Melissa is a certified professional coder (CPC) and member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Her unique background as an attorney and a coder allows her to analyze reimbursement trends and assist clients in internal payment audits. Her clients include long-term care companies, physician practices, acute care facilities, and health care investment companies.
Melissa was a health care associate with Arent Fox before becoming a consulting attorney. Prior to joining Arent Fox, Melissa worked for the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) in the Office of Inspector General (OIG). While at OCIG, she provided advice to OIG auditors and investigators on myriad topics relating to the federal health care programs. She also represented the OIG in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and served as OCIG’s lead attorney on Freedom of Information Act matters.
While in law school, Melissa was an intern at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Division of Technical Payment Policy, where she worked on matters relating to the physician self-referral (Stark) law including working on the Phase III regulations and the exceptions for electronic health records and e-prescribing.
Publications, Presentations & Recognitions
While attending law school, Melissa was the publications editor of the University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law.
Recent published works include:
- Health Care Litigation and Risk Management Answer Book 2015, Chapter 14 Medicare Administrative Litigation, Practicing Law Institute, 2015.
- Decision of District Court Remands Appeal of Administrative Law Judge's Decision, October 28, 2010 Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group Alert, American Health Lawyers Association.
- “The False Claims Acts Amendments: The Curious Conundrum of Retroactivity,” The Health Lawyer; June 2010
- D.C. District Court Decision Affirms Provider Reimbursement Review Board Dismissal, February 19, 2010, Alert to AHLA Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group Members, American Health Lawyers Association.
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Maryland Bar
University of Baltimore School of LawJD,cum laude,2006University of BaltimoreBA,cum laude,2003