Lorri Unumb, JD – Autism, ABA, and Health Care Fraud
Free 20 minute presentation! Due to presentation length, not eligible for CE Credit.
**Because this is a non-credit free course, users will not receive a certificate of completion**
This talk was filmed at the 2016 Ethics in Professional Practice Conference at Endicott College.
About the presentation:
Increased availability of reimbursement options in autism intervention has led to increased scrutiny of the billing practices of autism service providers. In particular, providers of Applied Behavior Analysis have been subject to heightened scrutiny of their billing practices, which has on several occasions led to federal investigations. This session will equip providers with basic information about the federal government’s tools for investigating and prosecuting health care fraud and will explain the civil and criminal investigatory and prosecutorial process.
About the presenter:
Lorri Unumb is a lawyer, professor and the mother of three children – Ryan (15), who has classic autism; Christopher (12); and Jonathan (8), who has Asperger’s. In 2005, she wrote ground-breaking autism insurance legislation for South Carolina (“Ryan’s Law”) that served as the catalyst for the national autism insurance movement.
Lorri began her autism advocacy as a volunteer. In 2008, she was recruited by Autism Speaks to work full-time and has since testified more than 100 times on health insurance issues around the country.
For her advocacy efforts, Lorri has been recognized with many awards including:
BACB’s Michael Hemingway Award;
California Association of Behavior Analysts “Leadership in Law” Award;
APBA “Jerry Shook” Award; and
NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
Lorri’s work has been profiled on CNN, on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and in Town & Country magazine, from whom she received one of three 2009 “Women Who Make a Difference” awards. She is profiled in the American Academy of Pediatrics book “Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know.”
Following law school, Lorri clerked for a federal judge and then enjoyed a fulfilling career as an appellate litigator with the United States Department of Justice. She left DOJ to become a law professor at George Washington University Law School and later served as an inaugural faculty member at the Charleston School of Law. While in Charleston, she hosted a weekly TV show called “The Law with Professor Lorri.”
Lorri teaches a course at GW Law called “Autism and the Law.” She and her husband wrote the first-ever comprehensive textbook on legal issues related to autism, also called “Autism and the Law.” She also founded the Autism Academy of South Carolina in 2011.