Lawyer Bio : Thomas S. Stukes
Thomas S. Stukes
Tom Stukes is a partner in Womble Carlyle’s Healthcare Industry Team and represents hospital systems, academic medical centers and other health care providers, and provider networks, throughout the country.
Tom has handled more than 40 hospital and medical center acquisitions, sales, mergers, consolidations, conversions and restructurings of public, nonprofit and for-profit clients and has been instrumental in the formation of a number of the largest hospital systems in North Carolina.
Academic medical centers across the country have consulted with Tom about financial transactions and arrangements, compliance with government regulations, and the operation and reimbursement for graduate medical education programs.
Health care providers have engaged Tom to form numerous joint ventures among hospitals, physicians and other health care providers, including imaging centers, ambulatory surgical centers, managed care networks, home health agencies and technology companies. One of the largest hospital companies in the country has consulted Tom on the development of innovative joint ventures.
Tom represents an accountable care organization that was one of the first ACOs approved by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services under its Medicare shared savings program.
Hospitals and other health care clients regularly consult with Tom in connection with state and federal healthcare regulatory compliance, government investigations, and voluntary disclosures of potential violations of Medicare and other governmental laws regulating the health care industry. He has supervised the voluntary repayment and self disclosure of overpayments in excess of $50 million to federal and state governments.
The North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Medical Society presented Tom with the pen that Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. used to sign into the law health care legislation which enabled the development of risk based provider sponsored health plans in North Carolina.
Bar Associations: North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law Section; American Bar Association; Guilford County Bar Association; American Health Lawyers Association; North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys.
Admitted to bar, 1974, North Carolina. Admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina.
Listed in the Health Law Section of The Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years, and named a North Carolina Super Lawyer (2006-2013).
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Parents Council.
Alumni Board of Directors - University of North Carolina School of Law.
Board of Directors - Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association.
B.A., American Studies, 1970, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, with honors; J.D., 1974, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, with honors; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, North Carolina Law Review.
Prior Legal Experience
Partner, Smith Moore, LLP, Greensboro, NC, March 2002 – August 2003; Partner, Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore, LLP, January 1986 – March 2002; Partner, Smith Moore Smith Schell & Hunter, December 1980 – January 1986; Associate, Smith Moore Smith Schell & Hunter, August 1974 – December 1980.
Preventive and Preemptive Measures: Issues in Compliance Audits and Voluntary Repayments and Institutional Conduct Trends in Recent Government Activities Focused on Inpatient Admissions Medicare RAC, North Carolina Hospital Association, Greensboro, N.C. March 26, 2013.
Recruitment Assistance to Faculty and Medical Teams: Unique Arrangement and Issues for Academic Medical Centers, 2007 Program: Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers & Other Teaching Institutions, American Health Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C., January 25-26, 2007.
Emerging Tax and Governance Guidance: The New Era of Hospital Accountability, Seeing the Forest and the Trees 2006 Health Law Section Annual Meeting, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, N.C., May 5, 2006.
Legal Update: Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Leaders’ Institute. North Carolina Hospital Association, Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 21-23, 2006.
Hospital/Physician Competition and Collaboration in a Fluid Market, Rowland Memorial Library Health Planning Seminar, sponsored by The Duke Endowment and the North and South Carolina Hospital Associations, Charlotte, N.C., May 2004.
Hospital Regulatory Environment and Best Practices for the Governing Board, Leaders’ Institute, North Carolina Hospital Association, Hilton Head, S.C., April 2004.
Tough Issues in Hospital Physician Relations, Leaders’ Institute, North Carolina Hospital Association, Hilton Head, S.C., April 2004.
Emergency Medical Treatment, Transfers and Discharges (EMTALA), Patient & Provider Rights Manual; presented at North Carolina Hospital Association Meetings, Raleigh and Hickory, N.C., May 2003.
Health Care Law Update, presented to North Carolina Association of CPAs 63rd Annual Symposium, Greensboro, N.C., October 30, 2002.
Health Law Update, presented to Triad Healthcare Executive Forum’s Annual Health Law Update, Greensboro, N.C., October 23, 2002.
Hospital-Physician Joint Ventures In A Tight Capital Market: Choosing Wisely, Building For Success, presented to Hospital Leaders Institute, North Carolina Hospital Association, Hilton Head, S.C., April 27, 2002.
Practice & Industry Teams
- Law360.com Publishes Womble Carlyle Healthcare Industry Team Article on Medicare Denials and Reimbursement Strategies
- Womble Carlyle Places 52 Attorneys on 2013 N.C. Super Lawyers Rankings
- 134 Womble Carlyle Attorneys Ranked Among The Best Lawyers in America 2013
- 125 Womble Carlyle Attorneys Ranked Among The Best Lawyers in America 2012
- Womble Carlyle Places 58 attorneys in N.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Rankings
- Three Greensboro Attorneys named to the premiere Top Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
- Ninety-Eight Womble Carlyle Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers In America
- Recent Changes Impact Appeal of Medicare Denials and Reimbursement Strategies
- Dealing with RAC Audits and Denials: How Healthcare Providers Can Manage Medicare Recovery Efforts
- OIG Allows Hospital Payments to Certain Physicians for On-Call Services Performed on Hospital's Uninsured Patients
- FTC Responds To AMA's Challenge To The Identity Theft Red Flags Rule's Applicability To Physicians
- Health Care Alert: Heightened Scrutiny into Florida Home Health Agencies
- Medicare Durable Medical Equipment and Home Health Fraud Investigations Expected to Intensify in Seven "At-Risk" States
- CMS Continues to Change the Stark Rules for the Health Care Industry
- Medical Residents FICA Litigation: Supreme Court Rules That Residents Are Not Students
- CMS Continues to Change the Stark Law
- OIG Advisory Opinion Regarding Payments To Physicians For Call Coverage