Richard’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, health care operations, regulatory, compliance matters, and administrative appeals. He has an extensive health care law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, pharmacies, therapy clinics, physician groups, hospices, regulated products providers (e.g. medicinal cannabis) and ancillary health care providers (e.g. dentist practices).
He regularly represents and advises clients on matters involving Stark Law, Anti-kickback, HIPAA, HITECH Act, OIG exclusions, civil monetary penalties (CMPs), Medicare-related transactions (e.g. CHOWs), licensure surveys, formation of management services organization (MSOs), group purchasing organizations (GPOs), managed care organizations (MCOs) payment matters and appeals before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division and State Office of Administrative Appeals.
Due to his health care regulatory practice, Richard regularly serves as special counsel in conjunction with white collar criminal defense teams in federal cases or investigations involving health care fraud and abuse. In these roles, he assists criminal defense attorneys on health care regulatory violations (e.g. Anti-kickback, OIG exclusion issues, etc.), operations, assessment of plea bargains and sentencing process.
Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Richard was a partner and co-head of the healthcare practice group at a Texas-based corporate law firm, and a shareholder at a national law firm. Early in his career and prior to becoming an attorney, Richard worked as a licensed occupational therapist, has served as an adjunct faculty at multiple universities and lobbied in Washington, D.C. through the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Richard invests his time in local chambers and the community. He volunteers for the First Presbyterian Stewpot Program, held board positions on several non-profits, and has served the Human Rights Initiative as a pro bono attorney for an international asylum case.