Licensures/Certification

  • USMLE Step 1
  • USMLE Step 2
  • USMLE Step 3
  • DEA – Louisiana
  • DEA – Locums Clinical Work
  • Louisiana CDS
  • BLS Certified
  • PALS Certified
  • CITI Clinical Investigator Certification
  • Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon, License
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • State Medical Board of Ohio
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Board Certification
  • Diplomat of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Board Certification

Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • National Medical Association
  • New Orleans Medical Association
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Orleans Parish Medical Society
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Association for Physician Leadership
  • Journal for Pediatrics Ethics, Founding Member of Editorial Board
  • Harvard Club of Louisiana

Dr. Maurice Sholas

Fifteen years of clinical experience, over ten years of senior executive operations experience, as well as direct payor-side experience following his Harvard education has positioned Dr. Maurice Sholas as a respected voice in his field of expertise. Following his residency and fellowship, in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine respectively, Dr. Sholas completed training programs geared to develop and sharpen his leadership skills. During his career and under his leadership, billing and coding compliance was optimized, physicians and advanced practice RNs were recruited and retained above industry benchmarks, new revenue streams were established, and he created an ACGME Accredited Fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, which is one of only 18. Dr. Sholas is double board certified and licensed in Clinical Communication Competence in multiple states and holds leadership positions with national, state, and local organizations. He served as Chairman of the Resident and Fellows section as well as a Reference Committee member of the American Medical and is an active member in good standing of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Additionally, Dr. Sholas speaks and writes fluently in both English and Spanish.

What Dr. Sholas Does

Defense Expert Consultant

Expert on Pediatric Disability

Plaintiff’s Expert Consultant

Expert on Pediatric Atypical Development

Professional Experience

Principal, Sholas Medical Consulting, LLC, (1/2005 – Present)
Provide full service medical-legal review, administrative consulting, strategic insight and operational planning to legal firms and organizations of all sizes.  

  • Improved the revenue cycle by increasing profit and compliance for academic and non-academic hospital systems by increasing clinician billing and decreasing overhead
  • Successfully completed a Certificate of Need (CON) process in to authorize hospital beds.
  • Successfully advised the creation of economically viable special needs daycare for children.
  • Recognized subject matter expert in acquired and congenital disabilities in children.
  • Increased safety of sports programs via staff training and medical records optimization
  • Provided over a decade of criminal court, civil court and arbitration experience as a treating physician and subject matter expert in multiple jurisdictions. 
  • Provided life care planning consultation for children with significant disability.

Contract Medical Director, Anthem, Inc., (10/2019 – 6/2020)
Clinical reviewer for member benefit determination to ensure that clients receive medically appropriate and timely equipment and services.  This role requires an extensive understanding of National Coverage Determinations, Local Coverage Determinations, and company clinical guidelines.  It serves as part of the coverage determination and appeals process for a company serving over 79 million people.    

  • Specific expertise in the government business division coverage determinations with strong ability to minimize inequitable distribution of resources.  
  • Advanced provision of metrics determining access to durable medical equipment in the adult and adolescent population with a focus on equity, inclusion and minimizing health disparities. 

Senior Medical Director, CHCM Rehab Services, (3/2015 – 6/2018)
Senior Medical Director with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minneapolis.  This role reports to the Executive Leadership of the system and is responsible for the creation of comprehensive pediatric services for the organization and standardizing rehabilitation allied health services across the system.  

  • Featured in January/February/March 2018 issue of American Healthcare Leader for insights to promote compassionate patient care and combat prejudice in the workplace.
  • Direct responsibility for eight-figure operating budget, with 7 direct reports and 130 full time equivalent employees.   
  • Direct participation in developing content for organization-wide new employee orientation, human resource professional sensitivity training, and social media policy
  • Responsibility for recruiting and retaining clinical and administrative staff to provide for clinical operations of the service line
  • Provided operational and organizational framework to create a physician practice and therapy operations that serve a diverse community including Anglo-American, African-American, Middle Eastern, Somali, Hmong, Latinx, and West African populations.
  • Delivered $1 million revenue above contribution margin.  
  • Created a two new revenue streams for the organization
  • Provided market analysis of and feasibility reports for creation, dissolution and consolidation of clinical programs that improved the financial rating of the organization.

Medical & Practice Director, Children’s Rehabilitation Associates, (1/2008 – 11/2013) The Medical Director for Rehabilitation Services with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  In addition, the Practice Director for Children’s Rehabilitation Associates.

  • Created one of only 18 ACGME Accredited Fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine in the United States which required training and competence in communicating effectively with patients, families, and the public across a broad range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Maintained Customer satisfaction greater than 95% for patients served in spite of increasing volumes.  Patients and their guardians were from all socio-economic, ethic and religious groups prevalent in the United States. 
  • Recruited and retained a diverse, 4 physician specialist core in spite of having only 225 of these specialists available nationwide and expanded care by recruiting and training 2 sub-specialist nurse practitioners and 1 subspecialist physician assistant. 
  • Successfully managed the review of all rehab programs by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF) resulting in the first free-standing Pediatric facility in the United States to be CARF Accredited in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine in addition to maintaining Certifications in General Rehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • Founded programs and partnerships between the Rehab Service Line and other major Service Lines in the organization as demonstrated by creation of one of the first staged, inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for children in the United States.
  • Transformed the largest and most profitable inpatient rehabilitation operation for Children in the United States providing inpatient, outpatient, procedural and consultative services.  The budgetary contribution margin for 7-figure Practice budget was exceeded every year of employment.
  • Increased patient contacts for the practice by greater than 60% per year over 5 years; in addition to increasing the average charge per patient 30%.
  • Direct responsibility for multi-million dollar operating budget for the Practice with indirect responsibilities for 8-figure Service Line operating budget. 
  • Optimized billing and coding compliance from 70% to greater than 93% for the Practice.

Emory School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor, (1/2008 – 11/2013) Created educational, procedural and medical instruction for Medical Students, Residents and Fellows. 

 Morehouse School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor, (9/2011 – 11/2013) Competitive admissions evaluator.

Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Section, LSU HSC, (9/2004 – 12/2007) Recruited by Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans to be the first Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine board certified specialist in the State of Louisiana.  In addition to tenure-track appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, There were secondary apportionments in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Allied Health Professionals. 

  • Founded Pediatric Physiatry in the local, regional and state environment by developing privilege profile for the specialty, creating the master bill documents and creating the professional practice responsibilities for this area of specialty.
  • Created a multi-disciplinary limb deficiency clinic for children.
  • Created new partnership between the Department of Pediatrics, the School or Allied Health and the Section of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Department of Medicine).   

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