Richard Y. Cheng's practice focuses on corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance matters and administrative appeals. Richard has an extensive healthcare law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, physician groups, hospices, labs, pharmacies, urgent care centers, free standing ERs, healthcare management companies, medical spas, wellness providers, regulated products providers (e.g. hemp based businesses) and rehabilitation providers. In this area, Richard counsels clients regarding corporate transactions, healthcare regulatory, compliance matters and administrative appeals.
Richard also has considerable experience representing clients involving Stark Law, Anti-kickback, FCA, EKRA, HIPAA, HITECH Act, Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs), Medicare-related transactions (e.g, change of ownership) licensure surveys, formation of management services organizations (MSOs), managed care organizations (MCO's) payment matters provider appeals before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals, Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division and State Office of Administrative Appeals. He has advised clients on Medicaid contracting and compliance matters associated with being a Medicaid provider, along with Medicaid payment appeal matters.
Richard formerly served as general counsel and vice president at two separate healthcare 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 healthcare organizations, overseeing multiple staff members that he trained, resulting in the successful recover of millions of dollars in governmental and private healthcare insurance claims. Early in his career, Richard 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 serves as a board of director for Helping Restore Ability (HRA) and the Texas Healthcare Advisory Council. He currently serves as a pro bono legal counsel for the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. He formerly served as the external general counsel for the Texas Cannabis Industry Association.