Before attending law school, Mr. Hess interned in the Domestic Policy Council Office of Health Reform during the Obama administration. While at the White House, Mr. Hess focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion and the creation of the federally facilitated marketplace.
Mr. Hess then worked for a federal contractor assisting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the implementation of ICD-10. While serving as a healthcare consultant, Mr. Hess supported CMS by providing advice and creating systems that were critical to the successful implementation of ICD-10. These efforts included the program office’s risk management process, the facilitation of cooperation across the federal healthcare space (including operating divisions and staff divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Health System), assisting in the successful navigation of multiple audits from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the planning and implementation of CMS’ ICD-10 Coordination Center, which aggregated claims data across the healthcare space for use by key decisionmakers (including the CMS administrator and secretary of HHS) and fielded questions from the public regarding the implementation of ICD-10 and its impact on billing and coding.
While in law school, Mr. Hess was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law and Business Review.