Assisted in the development of a state-wide database for health care information reports, including the creation of policies and agreements and compliance with regulatory requirements (including HIPAA). Also worked to revise protocols for state-to-state relationships, the sharing of data and related data sharing agreements.
Diane M. Signoracci
Diane Signoracci is a partner with Bricker & Eckler and a member of the Health Care group. She practices in the areas of health care compliance, billing investigations and audits, provider reimbursement, health care regulation with emphasis on Medicare reimbursement of hospital providers, physician recruitment issues and litigation involving health care fraud, Qui Tam defense, and contracting issues.
Diane is also experienced in negotiating and preparing numerous types of managed care and technology contracts. She is a frequent speaker on health related topics, including current Office of the Inspector General investigations of health care providers, hospital charges and discounts, employee education under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, hospital acquisition of physician practices, Qui Tam litigation and organizational compliance programs, and Medicare and Medicaid managed care contracting.
- Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association
- Member, Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys
- Member, American Health Lawyers Association
- Speaker, "Inpatient or Observation? Practical Advice for Hospitals on Compliance with CMS’ 'Two Midnight' Benchmark," AHLA Annual Meeting, June 30, 2014
- Speaker, "Medicare Inpatient Admission Standards: Two Midnight and Physician Certification Rules," HFMA Southwest Chapter, May 15, 2014
- Speaker, "The Obligation to Report and Refund Over Payments," OHA Annual Meeting, June 11, 2013
- Speaker, "Medicare Opens The 3-Day Window," OHA Webinar, September 25, 2012
- Speaker, "CMS Rules on Physician Signatures, Authentication of Verbal Orders and Standing Orders," OHA Annual Meeting, June 11, 2012
- Speaker, "One Day Stays: Self Audit and RAC Denial Issues," Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, February 2, 2012
- Member, Ohio State Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 1999-2017
- Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004-2016
- Recognized, ChambersUSA, Health Care with a Band 3 ranking, 2013-2016
- Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2010, 2013-2014
- Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2013
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1981); Member, Order of the Coif; Member, editorial staff, The Ohio State Law Journal
- Franklin University (B.S., 1978)
Ohio Medicaid adopts three-day window
Two-Midnight Rule update: CMS issues proposed rule to clarify when inpatient admissions are appropriate for payment under Medicare Part A
CMS Implements New Conditions for Payments Related to Inpatient Hospital Admissions
Bricker & Eckler attorneys earn Best Lawyers 2017 recognition
Bricker & Eckler attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list
Best Lawyers recognizes Bricker & Eckler attorneys
Bricker & Eckler attorneys named Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Rising Stars
Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the American Hospital Association in support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interpretive rule providing guidance on the scope of the exclusion of orphan drugs from 340B discounts.
Successfully defended, through appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, a qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act on behalf of a hospital system who was alleged to have violated the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act by improperly certifying its compliance with the HITECH Act in exchange for receiving meaningful use payments.
Assisted a large health system with the system-wide implementation of an electronic health records (EHR) system, ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, HIPAA security and continuity of patient care.
Served as lead counsel to an Ohio-based health network in developing a unique physician-led management services organization (MSO) providing day-to-day operation and management of multiple breast health centers. This unique MSO also developed a clinically integrated incentive strategy within the network of primary care and OB-GYN physicians to implement a physician-designed evidence-based patient protocol to enhance breast health, early detection and prevention in the health network's market area.