With a dual focus on litigation and regulatory compliance, Tesch Leigh West represents providers in federal and state government investigations and litigation matters relating to criminal, civil, and administrative allegations, including violations of federal healthcare program fraud and abuse laws. Tesch also represents states, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physician groups, health plans and associations, with a focus on Medicare reimbursement, Medicaid supplemental payments and financing options, and analysis related to 1115 Demonstration Waivers.
Tesch helps clients navigate a variety of federal and state regulatory issues, including Medicare, Medicaid, and managed care coverage, compliance, and reimbursement. She provides guidance related to financing the non-federal share of Medicaid payments and represents states and providers challenging Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disallowances and State Plan Amendment (SPA) denials. Tesch has assisted with compliance reviews for health plan risk adjustment programs, reviewing contract agreements between managed care organizations (MCOs) and downstream entities, and analyzing state licensure, supervision, and scope of practice issues. She also assesses healthcare compliance programs in connection with periodic compliance program reviews and investor due diligence.
Tesch’s practice also focuses on providing litigation support and compliance guidance with respect to state and federal healthcare program fraud and abuse laws and telehealth laws. She has experience with the False Claims Act, having aided in investigations and disputes involving data-driven healthcare companies, charitable organizations, pharmacies, healthcare management consulting firms, medical groups, and certifying actuaries for Medicare Advantage bids. Tesch has experience addressing and investigating qui tam complaints and responding to governmental subpoenas and document requests.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Tesch was a healthcare associate at a global law firm where she focused on fraud, abuse, and regulatory compliance. Tesch was also a legal intern at the FCC’s Connect2Health Taskforce, as well as a summer associate at a boutique law firm in Virginia specializing in long-term care hospital (LTCH) reimbursement.
Tesch is a graduate from the George Washington University Law School where she was a member of the moot court board, the ADR board, and the George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law.
The George Washington University Law School, 2017, J.D.
University of Utah, 2013, B.S., Philosophy, with Honors
University of Utah, 2013, B.S., Political Science, with Honors
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2021)
Member, American Health Lawyer Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association
Recipient, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Judicial Advocacy Initiative Award (2019)