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Susan Feigin Harris Named a Law360 Health MVP for 2015

News / November 24, 2015

BakerHostetler Partner Susan Feigin Harris was named a Health MVP by Law360 for her legal and policy work on behalf of children’s hospitals and other provider clients, and was selected based in part on her “sterling reputation in Houston’s legal and health care communities.”

Two significant client successes solidified her spot on this year’s list: “[Harris] guided hospitals to an early victory over a high-stakes federal policy on Medicaid reimbursement and helped assemble a bipartisan coalition in Congress to modernize Medicaid treatments for children.” Harris is leading a team that has been representing children’s hospital clients in challenging a CMS policy that could cost children’s hospitals millions by recalculating disproportionate share hospital payments from Medicare. The team obtained a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court halting the recalculation of payments, and is awaiting a ruling on a motion for summary judgment.

In addition, Harris “spearheaded efforts by 25 leading children’s hospitals” across the United States in developing a legislative initiative, now actively backed by the Children’s Hospital Association, to “enhance coordinated care among as many as 2 million children who are enrolled in Medicaid and have ‘medically complex conditions.’ ” The bill is known as the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015, which the article points out “has racked up about 175 sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and almost 30 sponsors in the U.S. Senate, with roughly equal support from both parties.” Harris notes in the article that the prospects of the bill’s passage are very good given its aim “to help sick children while also saving money.”

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