A Team Approach to Solving Healthcare Business Challenges
The evolving and specialized nature of regulatory and business issues facing physicians and other healthcare providers often calls for collaboration with skilled consultants with special expertise and even other lawyers. Over the years, we have formed relationships with many professionals who we may call upon to assist us or our clients in addressing particular healthcare-related business issues. Our network of relationships with excellent consultants and other legal counsel is a valuable asset used for our clients to ensure the highest quality and level of protection for our clients’ interests.
Healthcare Consulting Services
Andy Garrard, MHA
Medical Management Associates, Inc.
Andy Garrard, MHA joined MMA as a Senior Associate in 2018. His areas of concentration involve all aspects of healthcare delivery including hospital/physician alignment strategies, fair market valuation services, practice operations, start-ups, financial analysis and compensation planning, managed care reimbursement, and electronic medical records (EMR) systems.
Mr. Garrard has been involved in strategy and operations improvement since 2000 with a focus in healthcare delivery since 2008. He has developed an expertise in all areas of practice management including healthcare systems integration. His career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, delivering supply chain and operations consulting to Fortune 50 clients. Before joining MMA, Mr. Garrard led Emory Eye Center, one of the nation’s top specialty care programs at Emory Healthcare, supporting Grady Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He has significant experience in the specialty of ophthalmology, integrating with optometry, pathology, neurology, dermatology, plastic surgery, ENT, pediatrics, and primary care.
CEO and Founder
PMG Revenue Management
Dr. Polglase is the CEO and founder of PMG Revenue Management, a revenue cycle and clinical documentation improvement consulting firm located in Augusta, Georgia. He is a board-certified Emergency Physician with over 20 years of clinical experience in emergency and hospital medicine as well as an attorney. His revenue cycle experience includes hospital-based physician coding and billing, denial management for hospital and physician claims, audit defense, and compliance program development and review. In the area of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) he is certified by the American Health Information Management Association as an inpatient coder and clinical documentation improvement practitioner. His CDI experience includes CDI program development, case reviews, physician instruction, data capture and quality reporting as well as EMR template design. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, State Bar of Georgia, American Health Information Management Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is also certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
Medical Practice Consulting
Susan Childs, FACMPE
Susan helps medical practices thrive. Her experience covers Operations, Financial Controls, Staff Accountability and Role Definition, Revenue Cycle, Front Desk, New and Merging Practices, and Customer Service. Her passions are patient access, staff member pride and accountability, and increasing the value of the physician.
Compliance and Medical Audits
Daniel L. Johnson
Dan Johnson is the founder of healthcare Compliance Advisors, an Atlanta-based healthcare consultant company that for many years has served physicians, physician groups, hospitals, laboratories, and numerous other types of healthcare businesses in compliance matters, including:
- Medicare/Medicaid/Third Party Payer Audit Defense
- Fraud and Abuse
- Voluntary Compliance Programs
- Individual and Corporate Integrity Agreements
- Coding and Documentation Reviews
- HIPAA Compliance
Melody A.Thompson, MBA, FACHE, CMPE, CPC-1
Melody formed the Thompson Advisory Group, LLC in 2017 after working for 8 years with outside consulting firms. She has more than 25 years of practice management and health system experience in private physician and large medical group practices, for-profit and non-profit hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, physician faculty practice plans and ambulatory care networks. Her primary expertise is in physician practice operations/management/strategy and integration and managing complex physician-hospital relationships.
She has served in senior administrative leadership positions on the provider side for hospitals and multi-specialty organizations and has consulted nationally with hospitals, physician groups, private equity firms, attorneys and insurance companies on a wide variety of issues.
Brian L. Tuttle
Brian Tuttle is a Certified HIPAA Professional and Auditor who has substantial experience in HIPAA and HIPAA-related IT matters and helps healthcare providers throughout the United States. His engagements typically involve the following types of matters:
- HIPAA/HITECH Audit
- HIPAA Risk Assessments
- HIPAA Custom Policies
- HIPAA Business Associate Audit
- HIPAA Software and Website Compliance
- Staff Training regarding HIPAA/HITECH
- HIPAA Breach Investigation
- IT Security
- Intrusion Detection
Pharma/340B Contracted Pharmacies
Rob Woods is a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy owner and consultant. He has special expertise in clinical infusion pharmacy, pharmacy information systems/ automation, and Section 340B contracted pharmacy arrangements. He is nationally known for pharmacist professional services, including all aspects of pharmacy operations and services, start-up, policies and procedures, compliance with Board of Pharmacy and DEA rules and regulations, accreditation standards, and regular oversight through site visits. He provides professional pharmacy and business services to community pharmacies, physician practices, infusion centers and pharmacies, emergency service providers, FQHC’s, and 340B contract pharmacies. He has performed and participated in DEA and Board of Pharmacy audits, CMS Medicare Part D Plan audits of PBMs and major Insurance Carriers, CMS Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Center inspections, and accreditation surveys for several practice settings. He is also an owner of Legacy Pharmacy Solutions, which focuses on helping FQHCs partner with communities to provide comprehensive healthcare and pharmacy services to underserved areas.
Disclaimer: Each of the individuals, companies and entities listed above is independent and not employed by or a part of this law firm.
Law Office Manager and Legal Assistant
Christina is our firm’s Law Office Manager and Legal Assistant. Truly devoted to our clients, Christina capably helps our firm timely meet all client needs and otherwise ensures efficient operation of our law practice. Christina holds a B.A in Communications and Political Science from Augusta State University. She enjoys traveling, volunteering at her local church and spending time with her family.