Denise M. Leard

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Denise M. Leard

  • Bar Memberships
    • Amarillo Area Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Idaho State Bar
    • Oklahoma Bar Association
    • Washington State Bar Association
  • Board Certified in Health Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Law Review: Member, Managing Editor – American Indian Law Review
  • J.D. University of Oklahoma College of Law (1993)
  • B.A. University of Washington (1988)

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Denise M. Leard draws from a diverse legal experience to contribute to the Health Care Group at Brown & Fortunato

Denise joined Brown & Fortunato as a member of the firm’s Health Care Group where she has a national health law practice and is a shareholder in the firm. As part of the Health Care Group, she works closely with the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carriers, Zone Program Integrity Contractors, National Supplier Clearinghouse, and other federal and state regulatory agencies. She represents durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies, home health agencies, hospices, hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in a large variety of legal areas.

Denise advises clients on compliance with federal and state laws that impact the health care industry.  One of Denise’s favorite roles is assisting the firm’s healthcare clients with compliance issues and providing preventative education. She is frequently involved in the appeal of Medicare overpayment demands or denial request where she plays a key role in guiding clients through the administrative appeals process.  Denise has successfully defended extrapolated audits at the redetermination and reconsideration level avoiding the need to continue to an administrative law judge level.  Denise finds working appeals and assisting clients in being removed from prepayment review very rewarding.

Denise is also instrumental in assisting suppliers and providers in all areas of enrollment, revalidation and responding to investigations by the National Supplier Clearinghouse and various other Medicare enrollment carriers.  This includes assisting suppliers with the accreditation process including preparing the necessary evidence for the accrediting organization and conducting a mock survey.

Denise was born in Colorado, but spent most of her youth in California and Washington before finding her home in Amarillo.  Denise received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1988.  While in college, she was a member of the swim team and broke numerous school and meet swimming records. Her athletic talent was recognized when she was named a College All-American in 1985 and 1986.

After completing her undergraduate education, Denise moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she worked in a law firm before enrolling at the University of Oklahoma, School of Law in 1990 where she received her J.D. in 1993.

Denise is a frequent speaker at professional and trade conferences including state, regional and national conferences on many topics including audits, appeals and general healthcare issues affecting the firm’s clients.  Denise has presented programs to attorneys and compliance officers at the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Institute.  In addition, she has authored numerous articles covering a variety of health law topics and can be found in publications such as Homecare Magazine, HME News and Compliance Today. She is on the Board of Commissioners for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (“ACHC”) where she is a member of the Executive Committee and holds the position of Board Secretary and Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Denise also stays active in her community.  She is 2004 graduate of Leadership Amarillo-Canyon and served on its Board of Directors from June 2004 to June 2006. She served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the High Plains Division of the March of Dimes.  She was the Board Chair from 2006 to 2010.  Denise co-chaired the Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Amarillo Signature Chef’s Event.  She chaired the Logistics Committee for this event in 2010 through 2012.  She currently serves on the March of Dimes Texas State Advocacy Group.   She is also a member of the local board for the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation.

Denise is married to Charles and has five children: Daniel, Michael, Zachary, Jacob and Katherine.  In her spare time Denise enjoys competing in triathlons and has completed a full Ironman event.  Denise is the Head Swim Coach for the middle and high school students at Ascension Academy