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2022 In-House Counsel Awards: David L. McCune

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David McCuneDuring more than two decades with BJC Healthcare, David McCune has established a reputation as a trustworthy and reliable person who welcomes collaboration with clients and colleagues to find practical results. He is viewed by his clients, peers and colleagues as a go-to person for all physician-focused work, especially on the Stark Law, anti-kickback statute and other fraud and abuse matters.

In his work with BJC, McCune focuses on the transactional side of the law. One of his favorite assignments has been working with BJC’s accountable care organization (ACO). In 2012, BJC was one of the first in the region to form and operate a ACO, which contracts with Medicare and Medicaid to provide more hands-on care and better care coordination for the Medicare population. “Watching how this has developed and evolved is rewarding for me,” he says. “We now have the ability to meet patients where they are. This approach is proving effective in providing better care for patients and reducing costs.”

McCune’s nominator describes him as a trusted legal advisor and a strategic teammate who helps advance BJC Healthcare’s goals of providing excellent healthcare to the communities BJC serves. In his current role, he works closely with business and operational leaders and also provides guidance to senior leadership. He provides day-to-day legal counsel to acute-care hospitals, a large physician medical group and a Medicare-participating accountable care organization.

In 2022, McCune successfully negotiated a resolution to a relatively large dispute involving one of BJC’s major managed care payors. “I’m fortunate to work with a great group of people at BJC,” he says. “My supervisors are very supportive, and are role models and mentors for me. I appreciate the opportunities I have to grow and expand the scope of my responsibilities.”

McCune earned his JD from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his MBA from Webster University. Before joining BJC, he was an attorney in private practice for two years. “I was exposed to a lot of different areas of the law,” he says. “My work for a local hospital and local physician practices was very interesting to me. But I discovered that what I enjoyed the most was the business side, helping people solve business problems and providing legal counsel and advice.”

McCune’s parents gave him the best career advice he has ever received: “Find a career that is not based on how much money you make or what status you achieve. Base your career on what interests you most and makes you happy, something you will enjoy long term.” In his job with BJC, McCune has found his focus in a job he describes as a great fit for him.