Richard

Y.  Cheng

Shareholder
500 N. Akard Street, Suite 3800
Dallas, TX 75201-6659

Overview

Richard’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, regulatory and administrative appeals and compliance matters. He has an extensive health care law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, physician groups, hospices, regulated products providers (e.g. medicinal cannabis) and rehabilitation providers. In this area he counsels clients regarding corporate transactions, health care regulatory and compliance matters, and administrative appeals.

He also has considerable experience representing clients involving Stark Law, Anti-kickback, HIPAA, HITECH Act, Medicare-related transactions (e.g. change of ownership) licensure surveys, formation of management services organizations (MSOs), managed care organizations (MCOs) payment matters provider appeals before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division and State Office of Administrative Appeals.

Richard served as general counsel and vice president at two separate health care companies, where he assisted with change of ownership transactions, counseled on operational legal matters and worked closely with outside counsel managing multiple litigation matters. He also created the medical appeals departments at both health care organizations, overseeing multiple staff members that he trained, resulting in the successful recovery of millions of dollars in governmental and private health care insurance claims.

Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Richard was a partner and co-head of the Health Care Group at a Texas-based corporate law firm, and a shareholder at a national law firm. Early in his career he worked as a licensed occupational therapist, served as an adjunct faculty at multiple universities and lobbied in Washington, D.C. through the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Richard spends countless hours volunteering in his community. He is a Street Law Program Lecturer, a volunteer for the First Presbyterian Stewpot Program since 2011, and he previously served as a pro bono attorney for an international asylum case with the Human Rights Initiative.

Education

Admissions

Achievements

  • D CEO Magazine & Association of Corporate Counsel – Best Corporate Counsel Finalist, Solo Category (2011-2012)
  • D Magazine – Best Lawyers in Dallas (2015 & 2017)
  • Dallas Business Journal – Best Corporate Counsel Rising Star Award (2011)
  • National Diversity Council – Legal Diversity Champion Award (2012)
  • Texas LawyerMagazine – Featured General Counsel (2012)
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association (Distinguised Service Award, 2011-2012)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Rising Stars (2015-2017)
  • Memberships

    • American Bar Association, Health Law Section (Vice Chair of Long-Term Care Task Force)
    • American College of Health Care Executives, North Texas Chapter
    • American Health Lawyers Association, Post Acute/Long Term Services Section
    • Collin County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
    • Dallas Asian-American Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2013-2015)
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation (Life Fellow; Leadership Class Selected Member, 2011)
    • Dallas Bar Association, Health Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Sections (Selected Member and Graduate, 2014)
    • Frisco Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Class Member, 2015)
    • Frisco Sci-Tech Discovery Center (Board of Directors, 2017)
    • Health Care Compliance Association
    • LeadingAge Texas (Associate Business Member)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • National Cannabis Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas, Health Law and Business Sections (Diversity in the Profession Committee; 2016 Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee)
    • Texas Assisted Living Association (Public Policy Committee Member)
    • Texas Association of Home Care & Hospice (Governmental Affairs Committee)
    • Texas Cannabis Industry Association (General Counsel)
    • William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court, Barrister Level
  • Certifications

    • Health Care Compliance Certification by the Compliance Certification Board
  • Languages

    • Conversant in Mandarin Chinese

Overview

Richard’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, regulatory and administrative appeals and compliance matters. He has an extensive health care law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, physician groups, hospices, regulated products providers (e.g. medicinal cannabis) and rehabilitation providers. In this area he counsels clients regarding corporate transactions, health care regulatory and compliance matters, and administrative appeals.

He also has considerable experience representing clients involving Stark Law, Anti-kickback, HIPAA, HITECH Act, Medicare-related transactions (e.g. change of ownership) licensure surveys, formation of management services organizations (MSOs), managed care organizations (MCOs) payment matters provider appeals before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division and State Office of Administrative Appeals.

Richard served as general counsel and vice president at two separate health care companies, where he assisted with change of ownership transactions, counseled on operational legal matters and worked closely with outside counsel managing multiple litigation matters. He also created the medical appeals departments at both health care organizations, overseeing multiple staff members that he trained, resulting in the successful recovery of millions of dollars in governmental and private health care insurance claims.

Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Richard was a partner and co-head of the Health Care Group at a Texas-based corporate law firm, and a shareholder at a national law firm. Early in his career he worked as a licensed occupational therapist, served as an adjunct faculty at multiple universities and lobbied in Washington, D.C. through the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Richard spends countless hours volunteering in his community. He is a Street Law Program Lecturer, a volunteer for the First Presbyterian Stewpot Program since 2011, and he previously served as a pro bono attorney for an international asylum case with the Human Rights Initiative.

Experience

  • Nursing Facility Representation

    Represented several skilled nursing facility (SNF) providers, including one of the largest Texas based SNFs, in multiple of health care regulatory, change of ownership

  • Hospital System Representation

    Represented a community hospital system in a imaging center acquisition, while advising on multiple Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) concerns.

  • Assisted Living Reprsentation

    Represented several assisted living facility (ALF) providers, including a large national ALF provider, in a license change of ownership transaction in Minnesota.

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