HCC Online Faculty

Professor Mary Crossley
Introduction to the Legal System for Health Care and Compliance

Mary Crossley is a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her scholarship has focused on issues of inequality in the financing and delivery of health care, encompassing topics ranging from an exploration of potential legal remedies for physician bias in medical treatment, to an examination of how recent trends in health insurance coverage function to discriminate against unhealthy people, to a consideration of how assisted reproductive technologies implicate equality concerns. She has published broadly, in journals including Columbia Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Rutgers Law Journal. Crossley's scholarly interests are reflected in a seminar that she has developed on Health Care & Civil Rights, and she has also taught courses in Health Law, Bioethics & Law, and Family Law.

Professor Crossley was appointed dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005 and served as dean from 2005 to 2012, focusing her leadership on initiatives relating to curricular reform, innovation programming, and promoting diversity. In 2013 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Scholar in Residence, and she is currently serving as a Faculty Mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship Program. Immediately prior to coming to Pitt Law in 2005, Professor Crossley was the Florida Bar Health Law Section Professor of Law at Florida State University and before that she was on the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, including two years of service as associate academic dean. Before beginning to teach, she practiced corporate and health care law in San Francisco, Calif., and New Haven, Conn., and clerked for Judge Harry Wellford on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Adjunct Professor Mary Nell Cummings
Selected Applications in Compliance – Life Sciences

Mary Nell Cummings brings significant experience to Pitt Law as the Director for the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Care Compliance. As principal of the Cummings Law Practice, she has practiced over twenty years in healthcare marketing law.  She guides businesses on a variety of issues concerning social media, public relations strategies, privacy, claim support, clinical issues, regulatory compliance data use, and contracts related to the development, approval, manufacture and marketing of drugs and medical devices. 

Professor Cummings teaches a seminar in Life Science Compliance, and also teaches Introduction to the Legal System for Healthcare and Compliance.

Jessica A. Ellel
Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance

Jessica A. Ellel is chair of Houston Harbaugh's Health Law Practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Ellel works almost exclusively with health care entities and health practitioners. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating physician employment agreements from both the physician and employer perspectives, negotiating contracts between physicians and hospitals, preparing purchase agreements to govern the sale of medical practices, advising on corporate governance issues from practice formation to dissolution, developing comprehensive compliance plans for physician practices, hospitals, third-party billing administrators, and other healthcare-related entities and organizing strategies for compliance with fraud and abuse laws.

Professor Ellel is especially well-versed in health care compliance and authors numerous client updates and bulletins on the subject. She conducts on-site and remote compliance training and also maintains Houston Harbaugh's HIPAA compliance manual, " Federal HIPAA Privacy Standards Simplified: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit".

Professor Ellel frequently publishes articles and presents on issues relating to physician employment agreements, the Affordable Care Act, and other compliance issues. She has published articles in the Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin and the Physicians News Digest. She earned her JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

Adjunct Professor Mark Faccenda
Selected Applications in Compliance – Hospitals and Providers,
Advanced Hospitals and Providers

Mark Faccenda is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on health care regulatory matters including compliance with reimbursement, licensure, survey and certification, accreditation, Medicare Conditions of Participation, fraud and abuse, and data privacy requirements. He advises on hospital and provider-based facility requirements, including structuring of management services arrangements and facility design for compliance with Medicare regulations, and drafting hospital governance documents and medical staff bylaws for compliance with Medicare and Joint Commission requirements. He also provides advice on structuring mergers and acquisitions by and among health care entities, and on hospital, ASC, pharmacy and laboratory change of ownership arrangements. Representative clients include academic medical centers, health systems, physician groups, physician/hospital joint ventures, pharmaceutical manufacturers, long-term care facilities and durable medical equipment suppliers.

Prior to joining his firm, Faccenda worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Office for Research Liaison where he conducted economic and health care regulatory research in support of prospective legislation. As part of his work for the Legislative Office for Research Liaison, he authored and contributed content to the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics' quarterly Institute of Politics Report and its annual policy briefing, the Institute of Politics Status Report. Faccenda also worked for payer and provider sides of an integrated health system where he drafted corporate policies and provided legal research focusing on HIPAA, ERISA, EMTALA, same-sex benefit coverage and the Peer Review Protection Act.

Professor Faccenda is a frequent speaker on health care topics at national and regional conferences and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He earned a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, a Master of Health Administration from University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Professor Tina Batra Hershey
Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance

Tina Batra Hershey currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she teaches courses on health care compliance, health law and ethics, and health care fraud. Specific course topics include health care reform, professional and institutional liability, medical staff credentialing, fraud and abuse, development and implementation of corporate compliance plans, risk management, and antitrust.

In addition, at the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), Hershey analyzes the legal, policy and ethical issues impacting public health preparedness and response capacities, including isolation and quarantine, access to primary care, and authority to close schools. She also directs a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program that seeks to incorporate the judiciary into the public health system by educating judges across the nation regarding public health science and law.  Professor Hershey is also actively involved in efforts to assist Indian tribes with legal preparedness for public health emergencies, as well as other state and national programs involving legal preparedness. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to legal preparedness and the role of the judiciary in disasters and emergencies.

Before coming to CPHP, Professor Hershey was a health care attorney in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Her practice involved counseling clients regarding compliance with federal and state laws related to the delivery of health care services, as well as federal and state fraud concerns, including anti-kickback, self-referral, false claims, and false billings issues; negotiating civil settlement and corporate integrity agreements; drafting and evaluating compliance plans; and conducting health regulatory due diligence, including preparation of transactional documents and employee interviews.

Adjunct Professor William H. Maruca
Selected Applications in Compliance – Privacy and Advanced Privacy

Bill Maruca is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. He has extensive experience in health care law, particularly the areas of the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, the HITECH Act, Medicare and Medicaid compliance, the Stark physician self-referral law, the False Claims Act, CLIA, EMTALA and other federal and state regulatory requirements. He represents physicians and other individual practitioners, hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgical centers, imaging centers, durable medical equipment suppliers, physical therapy providers, ambulance providers, chiropractic clinics, and other health-related ventures with regard to their formation, contractual relationships and compliance with federal and state regulations, credentialing and medical staff matters, reimbursement, professional licensure, fraud and abuse and self-referral issues.

Professor Maruca is the editor of a well-respected Health Care Privacy Law blog. Professor Maruca is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, and is past Chair of its Fraud and Abuse, Self-Referral and False Claims Practice Group and the moderator of its Stark Law listserve. He is past chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Health Law Section. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Health Law Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association Healthcare and Hospital Law Committee, American Bar Association Health Law Forum, and University of Pittsburgh Health Law Concentration Advisory Board.

Professor Maruca is a frequent speaker on health care topics at national and regional conferences and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has frequently contributed to and been quoted by national and regional health care publications.

Adjunct Professor Kimberly D. Moses 
Selected Applications in Compliance

Kimberly D. Moses is currently employed at the University of Pittsburgh as its Senior Associate Counsel for Health Sciences and Research. Professor Moses is responsible for the legal affairs of the University’s 6 health sciences schools and university wide research.  Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Moses worked at UPMC for 10 years as legal counsel to UPMC Children’s Hospital, UPMC Mercy Hospital, Children’s Community Pediatrics, and UPMC Behavioral Health Care. As a valued member of UPMC’s legal department, Attorney Moses led the legal efforts that resulted in an international pediatric telemedicine center, the development and expansion of Children’s Express Care centers throughout the greater Pittsburgh area, and the development of strategic clinical partnerships to expand pediatric sub-specialty care throughout the United States. Before working at UPMC, Professor Moses was the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Gateway Health Plan. 

A native of Pittsburgh’s North Side, Professor Moses was educated in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She received a Bachelor’s of Science (Finance) from Robert Morris University and graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1994.  She has served as a tutor and mentor to dozens of law students, legal interns, new attorneys, and students pursuing careers in health care. Professor Moses is the Co-Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Commission, where she has served close to ten years in an effort to educate the public about candidates seeking election to the appellate courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Professor Moses was chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Women of Excellence, and in 2015 she was recognized in the Inaugural Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh, honoring outstanding UPMC leaders.  She is an active member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., where she serves as the chapter’s Lead Teen Advisor. With the responsibility of approximately 25 high school students, Professor Moses works with teens to meet Jack and Jill’s national STEAM programming requirements, as well as community service, leadership, financial literacy, and college readiness.  Professor Moses resides in the Borough of Greentree with her husband of 24 years and their 2 teenaged sons. 

Howard Newstadt
HCC Quality Seminar

howard newstadtHoward Newstadt serves as a Sr Director for the Patient Safety Authority. In that leadership role, he develops and implements systems, compliance and patient safety policy for all licensed acute care and nursing home facilities in the Commonwealth pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Errors Act of 2002 (MCARE). He is a graduate of Dickinson College (BA, English), Pitt Law (JD), and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Administration (MBA). While at Pitt Law School, he studied Health and Hospital Law. He was also a member of the Harvard Graduate Poetry Workshop and a director of the Yale Center for Advanced Instructional Media. He worked in private practice before holding positions at IBM Corporation, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States. In his position with the Patient Safety Authority, he is a leader committed to improving the quality of healthcare in Pennsylvania by collecting and analyzing patient safety information, developing solutions to patient safety issues, and sharing this information through education and collaboration. Supporting the Authority’s vision of Safe Healthcare for All Patients, his work includes developing systems to collect, analyze, and learn from the over 3.4 million events stored in the nation’s largest mandatory reporting patient safety database. He looks forward to returning to Pitt to share his experience, skill sets and knowledge.

Adjunct Professor Laura M. Odwazny
Selected Applications in Compliance – Research

Laura M. Odwazny is a senior attorney with the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Odwazny’s primary client is the Office for Human Research Protections, which interprets and enforces the HHS regulations that provide protections for human research subjects. She also currently advises the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and the HHS Office of Global Affairs. Throughout her 15 years with the Office of the General Counsel, Professor Odwazny has provided legal advice to various other agencies within HHS, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Program Support Center Division of FOIA Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Prior to her employment with HHS, Professor Odwazny served as a law clerk to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and received an MA in bioethics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Adjunct Professor Marye Isaacs Phillips
Selected Applications in Compliance – Insurers

Marye Isaacs Phillips is a former federal regulator with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she supported the regulation development and implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, including compliance and audit guides. Today she is health insurance compliance consultant supporting the federal government with oversight of the Marketplaces and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She has developed audit materials and conducted compliance audits of insurers participating in Medicare Part C, Part D, and PACE programs, as well as web-brokers participating in the Marketplaces.. Previously she has provided audit preparation consultation and guidance to health insurers with regard to various markets and government programs.

Professor Phillips’s areas of focus and expertise include health insurance oversight, auditing, and compliance, as well as legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis. Professor Phillips earned a JD with a Health Law Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a BS in Journalism from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.

Catherine Sullivan
Risk Assessments

Catherine Sullivan is an experienced compliance professional currently employed with Highmark Health, the second largest integrated delivery and financing system (IDFS) in America. Professor Sullivan has been with the company since 2013, serving as the Vice President of Integrity & Compliance for the enterprise, Allegheny Health Network's (AHN) Compliance Officer, and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Audit and Compliance organization. Prior to joining Highmark, Professor Sullivan was the managing partner of a compliance consulting firm, Integrity First Consulting.  There, she assisted health care providers in the development and assessment of their programs; conducting compliance program effectiveness reviews and risk assessments.  Before starting Integrity First, Professor Sullivan held positions in regulatory compliance, ethics, health information, and privacy.

She has worked with health care systems across the country to implement and manage comprehensive and effective compliance programs. Professor Sullivan has her master's in business administration from the University of Scranton and a bachelor’s of science degree from Pennsylvania State University.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Regulatory Compliance from the University of Washington. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) through the Health Care Compliance Association.   

Adjunct Professor Linn M. Swanson
Professional Judgment and Ethics - The Canvas of Compliance

Professor Swanson is an experienced Ethics and Compliance Officer, who most recently served as the Vice President and Chief Audit & Compliance Officer for UPMC, overseeing both the UPMC Ethics and Compliance and Internal Audit functions.  Prior to joining UPMC in 1997, Professor Swanson held several diverse positions including Vice President and CFO, The Brother’s Brother Foundation; Assistant to the Director of Nursing, Divine Providence Hospital; Immunology and Allergy Researcher, Grant Hospital; and Research Nurse, Georgetown University, GCRC Unit.

Professor Swanson holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University; a Master’s of Business Administration from Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Board of Directors of Oakland Catholic High School.

Adjunct Professor Barbara Vimont
Effective Compliance Program Development and Skills

Barbara Vimont is an experienced compliance officer with valuable breadth and depth of compliance expertise. She currently serves as deputy chief compliance officer for Summa Health, an Integrated Healthcare Delivery System that includes hospitals, home health, hospice, physician practices and an Accountable Care Organization​ and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Prior to Joining Summa Healthcare, she was the regional compliance officer for University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is primarily responsible for compliance and HIPAA activities for approximately 1,200 academic and community-based physicians. Prior to joining University Hospitals in 2013, she worked for more than 17 years at Akron General Health System, starting as a supervisor in Health Information Management before becoming the compliance manager in Patient Financial Services. She then served as compliance officer for the Health System for eight years, obtaining her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law during that time. Professor Vimont spent four years as associate legal counsel, providing guidance on various health law matters, then added responsibilities of director of sponsored programs with Akron General’s Research Department before leaving the Health System. Professor Vimont also teaches Health Law I at the University of Akron School of Law.

In addition to her Juris Doctor, Professor Vimont has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical records administration from Texas Statshge University.