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Watson Spence Partner Earns Coveted Master’s Degree in Health Law

Watson Spence partner, Louis Hatcher, has earned a Master of Science in Health Law and Policy (MSHLP) from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Hatcher finished the two-year, 32 credit hour program at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA. The program includes coursework in health law, regulatory affairs, public policy, insurance, and healthcare administration, with a particular emphasis on healthcare compliance. Faculty from both Cumberland School of Law and Samford University’s College of Health Sciences serve as instructors in the program.  About one-half of the program participants already had graduate degrees, and include attorneys and advanced healthcare practitioners.

Cumberland’s MSHLP is one of only thirteen in the nation that is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB), and graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the CCB’s Certified in Healthcare Compliance, Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance, and Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional certifications.

Louis is a part of Watson Spence’s Healthcare Industry Group, along with partners Faison Middleton, Chuck Wainright, and Chris Foreman, and associate Maggie McMichael. The group represents multiple hospitals, clinics, and physician practices, and the MSHLP program has benefited the expansion of the scope of services Watson Spence offers those clients. Those services include medical malpractice defense, healthcare compliance and privacy, employment law, and risk management. The compliance services include, among others, prophylactic advice and litigation support relating to the False Claims Act, Stark Law, the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the HITECH Act, and provider agreements.

Watson Spence understands the harsh economic climate and overwhelming pressures faced by rural healthcare providers in today’s fast-changing healthcare environment. We also understand that those providers are critical to the economic and health viability of our rural communities. We remain committed to
providing an affordable, responsive team to help those providers successfully navigate the ever-evolving regulatory landscape, and allow those providers to concentrate on rendering their invaluable healthcare services to the people of our communities.