November 09, 2018

Feature Friday - Mark Faccenda - November 9, 2018

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today we have the great honor of introducing you to the Chair of the Payment & Reimbursement Interest Group and Vice Chair of the Health Law & Policy Coordinating Committee, Mark Faccenda.

Mark Faccenda is a Partner in Norton Rose Fulbright's Washington, D.C. office. As part of Norton Rose Fulbright's healthcare transactional group, Mark has represented health care industry clients on regulatory and transactional matters. Representative clients include pharmaceutical manufacturers, academic medical centers, health systems, physician groups, physician/hospital joint ventures, long-term care facilities and durable medical equipment suppliers.

Prior to joining, Mark worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Office for Research Liaison where he conducted economic and health care regulatory research in support of prospective legislation. As part of his work for the Legislative Office for Research Liaison, Mark authored and contributed content to the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics' quarterly Institute of Politics Report and its annual policy briefing, the Institute of Politics Status Report. Mark also worked for payer and provider sides of an integrated health system where he drafted corporate policies and provided legal research focusing on HIPAA, ERISA, EMTALA, same-sex benefit coverage and the Peer Review Protection Act.

Mark in Vernazza, Italy

Mark in Vernazza, Italy

Q: What do you like about being a lawyer?

Mark: I enjoy problem solving and being able to present creative solutions for clients given the challenging healthcare regulatory landscape that we all work in.  I always enjoy being able to bring something to the table that no one else thought to try.

Q: Why health law? 

Mark: I practice mostly in the regulatory and reimbursement space, and it presents a never-ending series of opportunities to learn something new and to stay challenged by trying to stay on top of new payment initiatives.

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

Mark: I assure you that it is not suitable for print in this forum, but it’s a good one and essentially boils down to “live each day to the fullest.”

Q: If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?

Mark: Definitely music, all of it.  I couldn’t get by without it and I always have to listen to something new.  My Boy Scout training says that you’re always supposed to have a knife in survival situations, so I’ll want one of those.  Then, I should probably take all of the books I’ve accumulated but haven’t had time to read.

Q: If you could give your 16-year-old self some advice, what would you say?

Mark: I’m torn between whether I should have tried harder in my youth, or whether I tried too hard.  My theory is that everyone finds their intended level regardless of life’s circumstances, and so far, I am there. So, my research on this issue appears to be inconclusive, to date.

Q: How do you define success?

Mark: I’ve always admired the people in my life that were able to give something back to a future generation of professionals.  Nathan Hershey and Bob Harper, especially.  Each was as passionate about seeing new health lawyers develop as they were influential in their own careers.  I would hope to be able to return the favor someday.  I would consider that a success.

Q: What are three things on your bucket list?

Mark: I’ve always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail end-to end.  How to find the time to do that one while I’m young enough to do it has always been a mystery to me.  There’s a lot of tourism that I’d like to get done, including seeing South Asia, the South Pacific, South America, Scandinavia and Alaska.  Hopefully, I can fit a marathon in somewhere as well.

Mark and Stephanie with their dog, Ellie, on their wedding day

Mark and Stephanie with their dog, Ellie, on their wedding day

Q: What was your first job and what did you want to be when you grew up?

Mark: I started in the lawn and landscaping industry, but I wanted to be a truck driver.  I will say that I grew up in the era where Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy presented the industry in perhaps a more glamorous light than warranted.

Q: If you could uninvent one thing, considering the consequences of uninventing it, what would it be and why?

Mark: Uninventing the concept of ironic detachment seems to be something that we could do away with without a lot of unintended butterfly effects.  As a part of my generation, I’m as guilty as anyone else (perhaps more so) of deploying the sentiment, but I really don’t know where we would go as a society to regain a sense of sincerity that seems to be lost.

Q: Tell us about one of your proudest moments.

Mark: I got married a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn’t have been prouder or happier to have started a new part of my life with my wife, Stephanie. 

Mark and Stephanie in Sacre-Coeur, Paris at sunset

Mark and Stephanie in Sacre-Coeur, Paris at sunset

Q: How does the Health Law Section impact you?

Mark: The Health Law Section presents a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with peers across the industry on developing policies, comments and learning materials that advance the practice of health law for everyone involved.  It’s been a fabulous opportunity to contribute something to the greater whole in the health law community, which I really appreciate.

Q: Tell us about an embarrassing moment in your life.

Mark: Nope!

Q: What do you like about being part of the Health Law Section?

Mark: The ABA Health Law Section continues to be the most collegial and collaborative professional group that I participate in.  I have more fun and get more done with people in the Health Law Section than I do anywhere else. 

Fin!

We would like to give a huge thank you to Mark for graciously participating in this week’s Feature Friday! Get to know your fellow Health Law Section members and leaders each week with #FeatureFriday.

If you are interested in participating, please email me at rachel.blakley@americanbar.org. All members are encouraged to participate. #FridaysAreForLawyers