Richard Y. Cheng is a shareholder at Anderson Kill, based in the Dallas, TX office. Mr. Cheng focuses his practice in the healthcare and hospitality industries, with particular concentration in the long-term care industry, serving skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and hospices. He counsels clients with respect to corporate transactions, healthcare insurance recovery, and regulatory and compliance matters. In addition, Mr. Cheng has extensive knowledge with representing clients before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division. Mr. Cheng is a member of Anderson Kill's Health Care Reform Task Force. He is also a member of Anderson Kill's Hospitality Industry Practice Group and Foreign Asset Recovery Group.
Previously, Mr. Cheng served as general counsel and vice president at two healthcare companies where he started the legal departments at both organizations. He assisted with change of ownership transactions, counseled on operational legal matters and worked closely with outside counsel managing multiple litigation matters, including a large wage and hour collective action with 2200-2400 putative class members. While in those positions, Mr. Cheng created the medical appeals departments, 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 his career as an in-house counsel, he was an associate at a civil litigation law firm in Minneapolis and a corporate staff attorney for an international organization.
Mr. Cheng won the National Diversity Council Legal Diversity Champion Award in 2012. In addition, he was recognized by Texas Tech Health Sciences Center for the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award and received the 2011 and 2012 Texas Occupational Therapy Association Distinguished Service awards. He was also a featured General Counsel in Texas Lawyer Magazine in March of 2012 and was an Honoured Distinguished Alumni at the Collin College Alumni Gallery in 2012. Mr. Cheng also won the 2011 Dallas Business Journal Best Corporate Counsel Rising Star award and was recognized twice as the finalist for the D CEO Magazine/ACC best corporate counsel award. He was also a Selected Member of the 2011 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Leadership Class.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Cheng worked as a licensed occupational therapist in Dallas, Texas. He has served as an adjunct faculty at Saint Catherine University, Nova Southeastern University, has presented at multiple conferences and lobbied in Washington D.C. through the American Occupational Therapy Association. He has published extensively on legal matters concerning the occupational therapy industry and healthcare. Mr. Cheng was the former author of "Legal Line," a column in ADVANCE for OT and authored a legal chapter (Legal Dimension in Occupational Therapy) in the textbook "OT Manager, 5th Edition."
Mr. Cheng is involved in many aspects of community service. Since 2012, he has been a Street Law Program Lecturer. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, The Presbyterian Stewpot Program and the Human Rights Initiative.
Mr. Cheng received his occupational therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.
"Getting ready for the unthinkable," McKnight's Long Term Care News (March 12, 2014)
"Legal Dimension of Occupational Therapy Practice," K. Jacobs and G. McCormack, (Eds.), The OT Manager, AOTA Press, Bethesda, MD (2010), In Press (with B.L. Kornblau)
"Nursing Home Litigation - Case Prep & Pretrial Issues," MSBA Hearsay, Spring Edition (2009)
"ADVANCE for OT Monthly Column," Legal Line (March 2009-2013)
"A Look at Protecting Patient Information: HIPPA, HITECH Act and Texas HB 300," Texas Rehabilitation Association Conference, Galveston, TX (June 10, 2014)
"Overview of the Long Term Care Industry, Its Workforce, Licensure Requirements, and Exclusions," The Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group Tutorial, Dallas TX (March 20, 2014)
"A Look at Protecting Patient Information: HIPPA, HITECH Act and Texas HB 300," Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association's 58th Annual Convention and Exhibition, Houston, TX (February 27, 2014)
"Managing the Legal Department," 5th Annual In-House Conference, Houston, TX (2013)
"Current Pharma Trends: More Paper, More Reporting and More 'Sunshine'," ACC Conference (2012)
"In-House Career & Information Exchange," 4th Annual In-House Conference, Houston, TX (2012)
"Road to Executive Leadership Program: Legal Skills & Techniques for the General Counsel," Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, TX (2012)
"Understanding the Latest Healthcare Reform," 2012 APIS of State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (2012)
"Getting Over the In-House Hump: Specific Counsel or Climbing to the Next Step," DAABA Corporate Counsel Committee, Dallas, TX (2011)
"Issues of Incapacity: Clinical and Legal Ramifications for Therapists and Clients," Vanderkooi XVIII Endowed Lectureship, Dallas, TX (2011)
"CMS Updates: Medicare Appeals Process and Documentation Requirements and Legal Ramifications in Therapy," TOTA Rio Grande District, El Paso, TX (2011)
"CMS Updates: Appeals Process and Documentation Requirements," TOTA, Dallas, TX (2011)
"Public Policy in Healthcare," TOTA Mountain Central Regional Conference, San Antonio, TX (2010)
Texas and Minnesota, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, United States District Court, District of Minnesota
Dallas Asian-American Bar Association, Board of Director; National Rehabilitation Association, NASPPR Board of Director; Organization of Chinese Americans-DFW Chapter, Board of Director
State Bar of Texas, Diversity in the Profession Committee; William "Mac" Taylor Inn of Court, Barrister Level; Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow; American Health Lawyers Association, Post Acute/Long Term Practice Group; National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association, Peer Assistance & Law in Schools Committees
Texas Restaurant Association; Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, Government Affairs Committee; Texas Rehabilitation Association; Texas Occupational Therapy Association
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D.
Certificate in International Law Practice
University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston
Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, BSOT, cum laude