Mark Phelps - Healthcare Attorney/Advisor

These are outside affiliates of Wiederhold & Associates who offer fee-for-service assistance that may be of interest to healthcare professionals.

With the healthcare environment ever-changing under reform, we are seeing greater risk at senior levels positions. These can be brought about by healthcare reform, increased competition, performance, as well as mergers and acquisitions. It is extremely important that executives consider, on the front end, solid employment agreements and, at the back end, appropriate execution of these agreements. In order to provide this kind of assistance to our clients, and active network members when appropriate, we have brought in Mark Phelps as an expert advisor. Please review the following information on Mark. He will be available to our clients, past clients and network members (when appropriate).

Mark T. Phelps is assisting our organization in an advisory role. Mark is a Health Care Attorney with 23 years of experience. He brings to our clients the skill set to advise in Human Resource law including Termination Agreements while leaving an organization and Employment Agreements for the new position. We have seen a growing interest from our clients in the need for these and other Human Resource law related services which we believe Mark will be able to furnish you.

Additionally, Mark is an Associate Professor in one of the larger Health Care Administration Graduate Programs in the United States. He is well grounded in health care with five years of health care administration experience prior to attending law school.

Mark received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1977 and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in 1979. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1988.

His experience in Healthcare Administration included progressive management and health care positions during a six (6) year period attaining the positions of Vice President for General Services of a 400+ bed acute care facility. Mark supervised the operations in the following departments: Engineering; Supply, Processing, and Distribution; Housekeeping; Cardio-Pulmonary; Physical Therapy; Dietary; Security; Pharmacy; Purchasing; and Medical Records. He managed 10 department heads and a total of 456 employees.

He practiced with several insurance defense law firms rising to the level of Shareholder before starting his own firm in 2001. Mark's legal practice has focused on Health Law issues, where he has utilized his years of experience in Healthcare Administration and his Masters degree in Health Care Administration. In addition to offering advice in Human Resource law issues, Mark also is certified in arbitration and mediation. He has provided administrative and corporate health law services for a variety of health care entities in the Greater Houston area on issues including managed care contracts; various health care contracts; compliance issues, Stark laws, Fraud and Abuse, Ant kickback laws; EMTALA, HIPAA; and, representation of health care providers on credentialing and licensure issues before state regulatory agencies. Mark is a proponent of advising his not for profit clients to expand their compliance programs to voluntarily include Sarbanes Oxley compliance. He has given numerous seminars and written articles published on many of these issues.

At Texas Woman's University, Mr. Phelps serves as a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches Health Law, Ethics, Human Resources, Marketing, Managing the Hospital, Managing the Outpatient Setting, Long Term Care, and Capstone. He has also been an Instructor at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School at Houston.

While attending South Texas College of Law, Mark was Vice-President of the Health Law Organization from 1986-1988. He received the Student Bar Association President's Meritorious Service Award for the Spring of 1988. He also represented South Texas in Client Counseling competitions and was active in mock trial, moot court and negotiations competitions. Mark maintained full-time employment while earning his law degree.

Mark is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and their corresponding Health Law Sections. He currently serves as a Council Member and has served as the Treasurer of the Health Law Section of the Houston Bar Association. Additionally, Mark is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Foundation of the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American College Healthcare Executives.