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B.A., Political Science and History, Washington University in St. Louis (1987)

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1991)

Certificate, Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Saint Louis University School of Public Health (2009)

LL.M., Health Law, Saint Louis School of Law (2009)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member, The Missouri Bar

Member, The Illinois State Bar Association

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Missouri Bar Health Law Committee

Member, Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Member, St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association

Volunteer, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Homeless Shelter

Vice President, Penn Club of St. Louis

Admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and U.S. Tax Court.

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Markus (Mark) Cicka is a 20-year veteran of health care law, serving as both a corporate and state-based director of compliance and as a private-practice litigator focusing on health care matters.

Now a Senior Attorney with the Firm, Mark attracts clients and delivers success stories through his unique combination of experience, creative decision-making and extensive network of health care connections at the federal and state levels. He advises a diverse array of organizations including hospices, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), critical access hospitals, physicians and physician groups, and clinical laboratories. He has experience in the creation and implementation of corporate compliance programs and investigations, government contractor audits (including RACs, MACs and ZPICs), Medicare regulation, Medicaid regulation, managed care audit and enforcement matters, fraud and abuse issues, internal investigations, voluntary disclosure strategies, HIPAA and privacy matters and managed care arrangements.

Prior to joining Hesse Martone, Mark worked at two of the nation's largest law firms, served as the compliance director of Home State Health Plan at Centene Corporation in St. Louis and as the first director of the Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit within the Missouri Department of Social Services.


Mark assisted in drafting Missouri Senate Bills 842 and 1007 and Missouri House of Representatives Bill 1868 modifying provisions regarding Missouri Medicaid's authority to collect payment from third party payers. These were signed into law June 30, 2010.

Mark was named as the Practitioner-in-Residence at Saint Louis University Law School, Center for Health Law Studies, for 2014-2015.

Mark has been named president of the Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys for 2016.



"Physician Ownership and Use of In-Office Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Equipment: Are IDTF Standards a Meaningful Response to Overutilization, Quality and Costs," Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law, Volume 2, Number 2, January 2009

Speaking Engagements (2014 to Present)

"Surviving Medicare Audits", presented at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science's Missouri chapter, St. Louis, Missouri, April 5, 2016.

"Compliance Conundrums and Legal Landmines", presented to LeadingAge Missouri's 46th Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, September 2, 2015.

"A Guide to Medicare and Medicaid Payment Suspensions and Medicare Opt In/Opt Out", presented to Greater St. Louis Dental Society, St. Louis, Missouri, May 19, 2015.

"Compliance Update: Enforcement Tools and Trends" and "Compliance Conundrums & Legal Landmines", LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 29, 2015.

"A Guide to Medicare Payment Suspensions", "Self-Audits as Evidence Against You", "What Happens When the Federal Government Knocks on Your Door", "Conducting HIPAA Privacy Audit" and "Compliance and Your Board of Directors", Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, Springfield, Illinois, April 15, 2015.

"A Guide to Medicare Payment Suspensions," Saint Louis University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri, March 19, 2015.

"Key Points in Marketing Yourself as a Health Law Attorney," Saint Louis University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri, March 17, 2015.

"Medicare Payment Suspensions," presented to the Long Term Care Compliance Roundtable, St. Louis, Missouri, March 11, 2015.

"Realistic Expectations Practicing in a Law Firm, Corporation and State Government," Saint Louis University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri, February 10, 2015.

"Cultivating a Culture of Compliance Following the Sarbanes Oxley Act" at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo, Nashville, October 19, 2014.

"A Guide to Medicare Payment Suspensions" presented to Missouri Association of Rural Health Centers Fall Conference, Osage Beach, Missouri, October 7, 2014.

"The 2014 OIG Work Plan - In-Home Providers and Medicare Payment Suspensions" presented to Missouri Council for In-Home Services Annual Conference, Osage Beach, Missouri, September 16, 2014.

"How to Negotiate Your First Employment Contract After Residency" presented by Markus Cicka and Kirk Doan to St. Louis University Medical Residents, St. Louis, Missouri, September 9, 2014.

"The Importance of a Compliance Program in Healthcare," presented to Midwest Health Care, Inc.'s RHC Billing Training Seminar for Provider Based and Independent Clinics, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, May 13, 2014.

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