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2018 Break Out Awards, South: Heather Sanderson

2018 Break Out Awards, South: Heather Sanderson


Chief legal officer

Franco Signor L.L.C.

Bradenton, Florida

Age: 35

Heather Sanderson was named Franco Signor’s chief legal officer in 2015, only seven years after having graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. In that role, she is responsible for the oversight of Franco Signor’s legal department and Medicare and Medicaid compliance guidance. She is also a nationally recognized blogger and author on Medicare/Medicaid secondary payer claims management.

Emerging risks in your specialty

The industry eagerly awaits safe harbors from civil monetary penalties for noncompliance with Section 111 Medicare reporting. Until we have those safe harbors, entities that report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services face uncertainty regarding their actions and inactions in reporting.

Job change over the next 10 years

Attorneys charged with assisting in compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act will be in high demand 10 years from now. I believe that CMS will ramp up its enforcement of the MSP. As the Medicare Trust Fund continues to dwindle, CMS will be looking for avenues to increase the longevity of the trust fund.

Best-kept secret about insurance

The best-kept secret is that insurance is more fun and interesting than those outside the industry may think. Change is constant in insurance, whether it be from a legal/regulatory or technological perspective, so it is never lacking in change.

Something people don’t know about you

My personality has always been sort of an open book: It keeps me living a truly authentic life. My love for writing has really harnessed me being able to express that creative side of my personality. I recently wrote an article for Working Mother magazine in my spare time.

Favorite meal

A medium rare steak, a loaded baked potato, a salad and a nice glass of red wine.


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