Feature Friday - Alexandria Hien McCombs - July 6, 2018


Feature Friday - Alexandria Hien McCombs - July 6, 2018

By blakleyr

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today we are very excited to present our ABA HLS Chair-Elect, Alexandria Hien McCombs.

A thought leader and innovator in the health care industry for nearly 20 years, Alexandria McCombs draws from her diverse expertise in the physician group, hospital, health plan, and management services organization (MSO) settings. She is currently the Assistant General Counsel for Humana responsible for growing the organization’s clinical service and care delivery operations in primary care, home health, telemedicine, and population health management. Her portfolio includes corporate and clinical governance, strategic M & A, value-based arrangements, payor and vendor contracting, national MSO expansion, regulatory compliance, privacy and security, corporate practice of medicine, licensure and scope of practice, governmental investigations, and matters relating to the Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial lines of business. Alexandria previously served as Vice President and General Counsel for Pinnacle Partners In Medicine where she established the company’s first legal department, restructured the risk management and compliance departments, and supported a 40% growth in revenues through expansion and acquisition. Prior to Pinnacle, she served as Senior Associate General Counsel at Baylor Scott & White Health. Her focus areas included corporate governance, contracts, medical staff credentialing and peer review, and operational, business, and regulatory matters. Alexandria launched her legal career at Haynes and Boone, LLP where she represented public and private companies in M & A and start-up companies in venture capital financing.

Alexandria earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and graduated cum laude and with Distinction in History from The Colorado College. She minored in French and studied Italian and Renaissance art in Florence, Italy. Alexandria is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Delta Phi honor societies. Alexandria is fluent in French and conversant in Vietnamese and Italian. 

As avid runners, Alexandria and her husband compete and volunteer in races ranging from 5Ks to half marathons with their three young children. Alexandria is a Well-being Council ambassador for Humana.

(Alexandria is pictured with her beautiful family. ***FYI, Alexandria is the mother of the world's greatest superheroes! Also, don't mess with Texas!***)

Q: What do you like most about being a lawyer?

Alexandria: I love the creativity and problem-solving powers of being a lawyer. The law provides a canvas while the lawyer brings perspective, depth, and color to a particular issue.

Q: Why health law?

Alexandria: Health law is dynamic. There are numerous sub-specialties within health law to focus on and opportunities to make a difference. Whether your client is a physician, hospital, health plan, or other key player in the industry, issues such as data use, quality care, access, and cost affect all of us as consumers.

Q: What is one piece of advice that was given to you and has stuck with you?

Alexandria: Believe in yourself. I credit the mentors and sponsors throughout my academic and professional development with believing in my potential even before I did.

Q: Have you ever been in awe of anything? If so, what?

Alexandria: I am in awe of athletes who overcome physical and mental limitations to accomplish their goals. From the ultra-marathoner to the Olympian to the 99-year-old runner completing a 5K with a cane, their sport is only limited by their imagination.  

Q: What is one thing that people probably don’t know about you?

Alexandria: Chocolate chip cookies are my Kryptonite. In a former role, my Compliance Officer pleased and tormented me by delivering a tray of chocolate chip cookies leftover from a meeting. There were no leftovers from these leftovers.

Q: How do you define success?

Alexandria: The best definition of success is giving something 100%. You will not win first place in every race, but you will have no regrets about your effort.

Q: If you could travel in time, forward or backward, where would you go and why?

Alexandria: I would travel to a future date like 2050. I’m curious about future advancements in technology, AI, health care delivery, environmental conditions, and development of my children into responsible adults.

Q: If you were stuck on a desert island and could have 3 things with you, what would those 3 things be?

Alexandria: I would take a phone, sunscreen thanks to Joyce Hall’s wise reminder, and a Trojan horse. The Trojan horse would be filled with my family members, food, books, and necessities to transform the desert island into a comfortable retreat.

Q: What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

Alexandria: In wrapping up a positive job interview with a company’s CEO, the CEO stepped away from the conference table and presented me with his favorite book on leadership. I glanced at the title and summary and placed the book on the table. Was he showing me the book for illustrative purposes or giving me the book? With three seconds to deliberate, I opted to “forget” the book than to risk the embarrassment of the CEO asking me to return his book. As soon as I approached the door, he extended the book to me. I later received and accepted the job offer.  

Q: Tell us three things that are on your bucket list.

Alexandria: I would like to run a full marathon, take dancing lessons with my husband, and travel to every state in America.

Q: What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Alexandria: I would like to visit Genovia in the Princess Diaries and sing with Julie Andrews and hang out with Anne Hathaway.

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

Alexandria: I wanted to be a pediatrician. As a toddler refugee escaping from the fall of Saigon, my family was sponsored by an Episcopal and Lutheran church in Lewisburg, PA in the fall of 1975. I contracted a viral infection that prevented me from walking for several weeks. The pediatrician treating me in the local hospital became my hero. He did so with respect and grace to a refugee family that could only repay him with gratitude and egg rolls.

Q: What does being a part of the ABA Health Law Section mean to you?

Alexandria: The ABA Health Law Section—as our outstanding Chair Hilary Young described—is a community. It is a community of health lawyers and professionals coming together to share ideas, engage in healthy debate, and offer ways to improve the legal profession and health policy. The Health Law Section is also a second family to me with wonderful colleagues and friends.


Huge shout out to Alexandria for graciously agreeing to participate in this week’s Feature Friday! We very much appreciate everything you do for the Section and look forward to you being the Section's Chair in this upcoming Bar year. Thanks!!!!

Make sure to check back every week to get to know more about your fellow HLS member and leaders. #FridaysAreForLawyers

Are you interested in participating in Feature Friday? If so, email me at rachel.blakley@americanbar.org. All HLS members are welcome to participate!!!