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Education, Honors & Awards
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Health Information Management (1978)
American Bar Association; American Health Lawyers Association; American Health Information Management Association; Louisiana Health Information Management Association; Healthcare Compliance Association; Louisiana Bar Association; Lafayette Bar Association; Louisiana Special Assistant Attorney General [2001-2005] U.S. Public Health Service (Lt.JG) [1978-1980]
In 1978, Ms. Buford received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management, summa cum laude, from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette where she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Women’s Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Ms. Buford maintains her credentialing as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). She was subsequently commissioned to serve in the U.S. Public Health Service as Lieutenant Junior Grade, stationed at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. There, she served as Assistant Director of Medical Records from 1978 to 1980. She later attended Tulane Law School where she served as Justice on the Moot Court Board and was awarded the Patrick D. DeRouen Award as "Outstanding Senior Writer" in 1991. She also served on the Senior Appellate Intraschool Competitions Committee as brief writer for the Georgetown 1990 Bioethics Competition. Ms. Buford has conducted seminars on various topics including healthcare law, health information management, and medical malpractice litigation. She has also authored several articles on healthcare, Medicare, and medical malpractice topics, including an article entitled, “ERISA Preemption of Claims against Managed Care Organizations based on State Law," Certworthy, The Newsletter of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee, Winter, 2003. In 2009, Ms. Buford completed the Medicare RAC Certificate Program of the Second National Medicare RAC Summit held on September 14 – 15, 2009 in Washington, D.C., and has subsequently participated in multiple RAC/MAC Summits, as well as the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Institutes. Ms. Buford is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in Louisiana.
Michelle Buford was born in Jeanerette, Louisiana. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana which is now know as the University of Louisiana, Lafayette where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management, graduating summa cum laude. She subsequently was commissioned to serve as Lieutenant, Junior Grade in the U.S. Public Health Service. During her tenure in the USPHS, Ms. Buford served as Assistant Medical Records Administrator for the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1988, she entered law school at Tulane Law School, obtaining her Juris Doctorate degree in 1991. Since graduating from law school, Ms. Buford has practiced primarily in the field of healthcare, including medical malpractice defense litigation and healthcare regulatory work. She has given numerous presentations to professional organizations and published many articles.