David Cade, a former top attorney at HHS, has been appointed CEO of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Cade, 54, will assume the lead role at the educational organization on March 1. He succeeds Peter Leibold, who led the organization for 15 years before becoming chief advocacy officer with Ascension Health, the St. Louis-based Catholic hospital chain, in November.
Currently, Cade is a shareholder at Polsinelli, P.C., where he advises large hospitals, health systems, associations, corporations and community providers. During his time as deputy general counsel at HHS, he aided in the expansion of health insurance and coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries and helped support Medicaid program expansions, according to a news release. He was also director of the CMS Family and Children's Health Programs Group and acting deputy director of the Medicaid Bureau.
A member of the organization since 1997, Cade has served on AHLA's board for the past six years. He has worked to diversify AHLA's membership and advocated inclusion in the field.
AHLA's membership includes lawyers, compliance officers, risk managers and healthcare consultants. One of Cade's responsibilities will be to expand AHLA's recruitment of non-lawyer members, in addition to growing its dispute resolution service.
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