Thomas William Baker
Thomas William Baker is an adjunct professor in the Auburn University Physicians Executive MBA Program where he teaches a course on The Legal Aspects of Health Care Business Transactions using the book with the same name that he wrote for that purpose, which is based on over thirty years of experience as a health care business transactions attorney, and he is also a Senior Attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, a prominent national health law firm, where he is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Mr. Baker has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in Health Care Law since 2010, he was selected as one of "Georgia's Legal Elite" in Healthcare Law by Georgia Trend Magazine (2012), and he was named an Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2009). Mr. Baker is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boncrest Resource Group, Inc. (www.boncrest.org), a tax exempt organization dedicated to developing charitable opportunities for the benefit of the public through innovative organizational structures and creative financing, and a member of the Board of Directors of Progressive Healthcare Providers, Inc., a tax exempt organization that provides services to the developmentally disabled in Alabama and Florida
Mr. Baker is skilled in matters involving health care mergers and acquisitions, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, formulation and implementation of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Plans, clinical and financial integration strategies, Accountable Care Organizations that participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, application of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, and managed care agreements. He has a particular interest in developing and maintaining corporate governance structures that are intended to avoid allegations of health care fraud and abuse.
Because of his wealth of experience as both a health care attorney and an adjunct professor at Auburn University, Mr. Baker is sometimes engaged to facilitate strategic planning meetings to assist businesses in developing survival strategies for a changing health care economy.