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Michelle O

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Last Login 7/21/2016
Location Evanston, IL
Education Doctorate
Status Inactive
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Summary of Experience
Michelle was a full time writer for Wolters Kluwer Law and Business health law publications for 11 years. Her work was published in the Medicare and Medicaid Guide,the Healthcare Compliance Reporter, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Reporter, Health Law Daily, WK Health Reform Weekly Edge, and the WKLB Health Law Blog. The audience comprised attorneys, healthcare professionals, and managers of healthcare facilities.
Michelle is accustomed to producing short form work under daily deadlines while completing long form articles over an extended period.

Before joining Wolters Kluwer, Michelle practiced law and taught law courses to undergraduates. Her favorite course to teach was Women and the Law. Her happiest moment as a lawyer came when she got a court to order an HMO to pay for a patient's surgery for brain cancer.

Michelle also writes and officiates wedding ceremonies. She performed her first wedding in 2008, and she has married more than 100 couples. She is an experienced public speaker who attained the Competent Conmmunicator level in Toastmasters.
Michelle has professional expertise in the following: Law governing regulation of health care providers, Medicaid and Medicare payment and participation requirements, Medicaid eligibility and required services, Affordable Care Act, state and federal legislative process, state and federal administrative rule-making.
Michelle is particularly interested in Medicaid, managed care, access to health care, and state and federal coverage requirements. She also is passionate about politics, spirituality, knitting, families, adoption, and race relations.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Political Science, B.A.

Michelle earned her B.A. in Political Science in 1975. She minored in Psychology and History.

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law Law, J.D.

Michelle earned her law degree in 1978. She was a member of the Law Journal.

Projects by Industry

Michelle has deep knowledge of Medicaid, managed care, the Affordable Care Act, and laws governing health care fraud, abuse, and the regulation of food and drugs. Her published work includes explanations of these areas in treatises, short form news stories, and long form articles that explore topics in depth.


Michelle has written many news stories, both short form and long form, on developments in the law. When she practiced law, she wrote pleadings and briefs in cases before courts and administrative agencies. She also wrote or updated portions of treatises, specifically, the Medicare and Medicaid Guide and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Reporter.


Michelle has written and officiated wedding ceremonies since 2008. She loves celebrating loving relationships and putting people's feelings into words. She has married more than 100 couples.

Projects by Asset Type
Web Page

Michelle has written copy for her wedding services web site, including promotional material and discussions of options for making the couple's wedding ceremony uniquely theirs.

Blog Post

Michelle wrote many posts for the Wolters Kluwer Health Law blog. They covered current issues at the intersection of law and health care.

White Paper

Michelle has written several white papers. One compared state laws that require health insurers to cover contraceptives. Another analyzed states' use of prescription monitoring databases to track and prevent abuse of opioids.

Projects By Expertise

Michelle reported extensively on developments in the health care spending and the federal and state Medicaid programs for 11 years. She typically covered court decisions, new and proposed legislation, and the actions of state and federal agencies. Michelle also reported on similar material involving the regulation of food and drugs by the FDA. Occasionally she wrote about newly released studies. Michelle wrote several stories about the privatization of Medicaid, which involved the states turning over much of the administration of their programs to privately owned health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

Research Writer

Michelle has written Strategic Perspectives and White Papers about several issues related to health care coverage and payment.

Projects by Writing Style

Michelle has written explanations for treatises and news stories about developments in the law. She also has written less formal blog posts on the same subjects.Please note that the treatises and news stories were written for subscription publications, and Michelle does not own the copyright to those works.


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