Jeffrey S. Baird, Esq., is the Chairman of th Health Care Group of the Amarillo, Texas-based law firm of Brown & Fortunato, P.C. The firm's Health Care Group has a large national health care practice with clients throughout the United States. the Health Care Group represents durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies, drug wholesalers and repackagers, long term care facilities, home health agencies, hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. The Health Care Group represents clients in the areas of advising on fraud and abuse issues; defense of criminal and civil fraud investigations; defense of qui tam actions; corporate compliance; HIPAA compliance; accreditation preparation; mergers and acquisitions; joint equity arrangements, affiliations and alliances; reimbursement issues, including audits and requests for overpayments; supplier and provider number issues; requirements pertaining to licenses, permits and certifications; servey certification and licensing issues; peer review and credentialing; pharmacy compounding; Food and Drug Administration regulatory issues; hospital operational issues; hospital medical staff relationships; and hospitals/health care organizations in transitional environments. The Health Care Group works closely with the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Supplier Clearinghouse, Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carriers, Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state regulatory agencies. Baird has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer throughout the country. He earned a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa and received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Baird is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.