Scott E. Rodgers, JD, MBA
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Washington State Medical Commissioner
(509) 783-5551 (office)
CURRENT ROLES AND ACTIVITIES
Attorney and Counselor at Law (Partner), Rodriguez, Interiano, Hanson, & Rodgers, PLLC. Public Defense, Medical Malpractice, L&I. Trial and appellate experience, with Appellate and Supreme Court wins.
Medical Commissioner, Washington State Medical Commission.
Board Member, Bass & Bari, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Chamber and Symphonic Choirs.
Candidate: Running for Position 1, Kennewick School Board of Directors
LICENSES, EDUCATION, AND CERTIFICATES
Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Washington, 2009, Washington Supreme Court, WSBA # 41368. Admitted to Eastern District of Washington Federal District Court. Admitted to Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.
Doctor of Jurisprudence, (JD), Cum Laude, Top 25%, Seattle University, Partial Merit Scholarship, Dec 2008.
American Bar Association: Liaison to Section on Business Law, 2009.
First year completed at Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis: Dean’s lists, top 5% at end of year.
Worked full-time, (averaging 55-60 hours/week), while completing law school in 3 years and 1 semester.
Master of Business Administration, (MBA), Economics Concentration, May 1998, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, (UTC). Thomas E. Geraghty Merit Scholarship. Beta Gamma (Business Administration Honor Soc.). Worked full-time, (averaging 55-60 hrs/week), plus taught evening university classes while attending MBA school
Undergraduate Degrees/Majors, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, August 1989 - May 6, 1995:
B.S. Economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society).
B.S. Sociology, Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences Honor), Pres. Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor), Sec./Treas.
B.A. Chemistry with Minor in Mathematics
Undergraduate Awards and Activities, 1989-1995: Worked during undergrad: Substitute teacher, Waiter, Hospital IT. Leadership Merit Award. Outstanding Senior Award. Golden Key (Honor Soc). Student Government: Senator; Social Issues Committee Chair; Ethics Committee Appointee. Debate Team: President; Founder. Debate Judge, Coach, and Instructor for National High School Debate Circuits. Jazz and Marching Bands (Tpt); Wind Ensemble (FHorn). Chattanooga Singers (with International Tour). Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Professional Music Fraternity). Society of Physics Students: President; Secretary/Treasurer. Sociology Anthropology Geography Association: Sociology Representative. Student Representative Appointee to Faculty Committees: Publications Board, General Education, Perspectives, Residency Appeals, Librarian Search. Dean’s Student Advisory Council (Vice-Chair). 1995 full scholar to Institute for Humane Studies Summer Seminar.
Former Project Management Professional, (PMP), Professional PMP certification 2004-2007. Project Management Institute, (PMI). (Chose not to renew my certification when I entered a different field).
Graduate Certificate, Information Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry, January 2005, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. (5 courses from MS Information Management; moved for career).
Graduate Certificate, Internet Applications Development, December 2003, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, (UTC). (3 courses and thesis from MS Computer Science; moved for career advancement).
Columbia Basin College, 2017-2018, 1yr Biology + 1yr Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology
Washington State University, Tri-Cities: Computer Science coursework to pursue the MS Computer Science.
Certified SAS Programmer
Washington State Medical Commission, 2019-present (4-year term)
Medical Commissioner: Reviews, Hearing Panels, Policy Committee, Reduction of Medical Errors Committee, Commissioner Education Workgroup, Case Management Teams
Rodriguez, Interiano, Hanson, and Rodgers, PLLC, (Rodriguez & Associates, P.S.), Kennewick, Washington, 2010-present
Attorney and Counselor at Law, Partner: Represent claimants in Medical Negligence, Wrongful Death, Worker Compensation; Public Defender for Felony Criminal Defendants. Other civil matters. Appellate work. Washington Supreme Court.
Legal Consultant, Nationally, Jul 2008 – 2011
Charter College, Jul 2010 – 2011
Adjunct Professor of Law (Paralegal Program): Substantive Law, Civil Litigation, and Logic & Reasoning
The Rodgers Law Firm, PLLC, Kennewick, Washington, Summer 2009 – 2010
Founder, Principal, Attorney: Business Transactions, Business Litigation/Dispute Resolution, and Healthcare Law. Contracted counsel for small business. Occasional contract work for complex Construction Litigation, (in DR phase).
The Regence Group, (Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield), Seattle, Aug 2006 – Jul 2008
Senior Health Outcomes Manager, Health Outcomes Research, (Promoted) Aug 2007 – Jul 2008
Consultant, Clinical Performance Measurement and Management, Aug 2006 – Aug 2007
Eli Lilly and Company: Global Strategic Pricing & Health Outcomes Research, Indianapolis, May 2004 – Aug 2006
Merck, (including a Merck Capital Venture), New Jersey, 2001 – 2004
1. Merck Research Laboratories:
Manager, Worldwide Project Data Management, (Promoted) 6 Jun 2003 – Apr 2004
Worldwide Project Data Manager, (Project Manager), Jan 2003 – Jun 2003
2. Merck Capital Venture: Institute for Effectiveness Research: Researcher, Consultant, Dec 2001 – Jan 2003
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, (BCBST), Chattanooga. Mar 1997 – Jan 1999, Apr 1999 – Dec 2001
Senior Research Scientist, (Promoted) Sep 2000 – Dec 2001
Managing Senior Medical Information Project Manager, (Promoted) Nov 1999 – Aug 2000
Senior SAS Developer & Project Manager, (Promoted) Apr 1999 – Nov 1999
Research Biostatistician, Mar 1997 – Jan 1999
ZS Associates (Pharmaceutical; Information Consulting), Evanston (Chicago Metro), Dec 1998 – May 1999
Consultant (Contract/Temp): Data Mart Analysis, Design, and Development
Reason for leaving: career advancement. This began as a ST contract. I had the opportunity for a FT position with ZS; however Blue Cross (above) escalated my vacated position and attracted me back at a higher level to assist with newer interesting initiatives.
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Adjunct Professor of Sociology, (Part-time, evening classes after day job), Jan 1997 – Dec 1998
Healthsource, Healthsource Rx/CIGNA, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nov 1995 – Mar 1997
Senior Health Data Analyst, (Promoted) May 1996 – Mar 1997, Health Data Analyst, Nov 1995 – May 1996
Other/Earlier Experience, 1986 – 1995, (while in undergraduate studies and high school)
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Washington State Bar Association: Active attorney license in good standing, Bar No. 41368.
Federation of State Medical Boards: Fellow
Washington Defender Association: Member
CURRENT VOLUNTEER WORK
Columbia Center Rotary member
Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: Board Member, Singer, (Bass/Baritone)
Pro Bono Legal Work: Assist indigent persons with applications for healthcare, appealing insurance denials, obtaining medicines and medical equipment, obtaining/defending no-contact orders. Previously assisted healthcare practitioners with disciplinary hearings and administrative agencies. Direct victims of domestic violence to services.
PUBLICATIONS, POSTERS, PRESENTATIONS
“Medicolegal Principles” to be presented July 23, 2021 at TUTH international conference, Nepal
“Medical Malpractice Lawsuits at the Intersection of Board Discipline” presented at Washington Medical Commission, February 27, 2020
“Medicolegal Issues in Advocating for your Patient in Legal Disputes” presented at Mazama Spine Neurosurgery Summit, January 2019.
“Debunking Junk Science in IMEs.” CLE presentation in Yakima, Washington by Sterling Education Services, October 2016.
“Workers’ Compensation: How to Expose Deceptive Medical Examiners” Presented at Mazama Spine Neurosurgery Summit, 2015
“How to Advocate for Your Patient’s Healthcare Needs in an Increasingly Adversarial Workers’ Compensation System” Presented at Spine Neurosurgery Summer Conference, 2013
“Negotiating with Health Insurers, Business Continuity Planning, and Applying the Old Laws: Healthcare Reform Survival Guide for Physician Leaders” Presented at the Pierce County Medical Society Leadership Retreat, 2011.
“Healthcare Reform in the Context of Legal and Economic Systems: The Ebb and Flow of Power to Allocate Resources” Presented at the 8th Annual Mazama Spine Neurosurgery Summit, 2011. (CME Credit).
“Physicians: Claim your Stimulus Dollars” Tri-Cities Journal of Business, April 2010.
“Current Topics in Healthcare Law” Presented at the 7th Annual Mazama Spine Neurosurgery Summit, 2010. (CME Credit).
“Employers: Protect Your AWP Settlement Savings” (With Emil B. Kraft). In Employee Benefit News, March 2009, Vol 23 No 3.
“How to Manage Individuals’ Reactions to Organizational Change” Presented at Society of Clinical Data Mgt, 2003.
“Technological Change and Transition in Clinical Data Management Organizations” Presented at Society of Clinical Data Mgt, 2003.
“Disease Management in Public versus Private Managed Care Plans: Will One Size Fit All?” (Second Author). Poster at AHQR, 2001.
“Chemical Processes Involved in the Speleogenesis of Limestone Caves” Plenary presentation at the Chattanooga Grotto of National Speleological Society, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2001.
“Designing a Relational Database for the Medical Management of Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees” with Episodic Diabetes Research POC. (Ghost Author, Entire Database Design and Code and much of the report, with Dr. Anna Panorska who demonstrated research capabilities and advanced statistical analysis). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant ML-446. 2001.
“Clinical Effectiveness Evaluation of Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation versus Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation: A Demonstration of Delphi Method with Markov Chain Monte Carlo Simulation Analysis” Manuscript and Project, 2001, collaborative effort with multiple organizations, submitted to Society for Medical Decision Making.
Manuscript: “Deriving Closure Sets of Functional Dependencies, Multi-Valued Dependencies, and Semantic Rules through Database Transformations,” originally prepared for MS Computer Science program Thesis, 2000.
Manuscript: “Religiosity and Risky Sex Behaviors among Teens: The only Difference Is How Well They Are Informed.” A randomized, controlled, retrospective study. Thesis for the Sociology degree, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1995.
Manuscript: “Under a Niskanen Analysis, the Prerogative to Maximize Budget Accounts for Empirical Measures of Technical Inefficiency, Allocative Inefficiency, and Monopoly Power Distortions in both Public Sector and Private Sector Bureaucracies: The Will to Power Is a Human Problem that Is Not Confined to Humans in Government.” Thesis for the Economics degree, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1995.
SKILLS AND PROFICIENCIES
Programming/Coding: SAS (Expert) (statistical analysis and procedural database programming). SQL (Expert). UNIX, DOS (professional proficiency). C/C++ (moderate proficiency). Some PERL, some Java, some Python, some R, some XML and XML manipulation languages, some web design and web design technologies/languages. Some Visual Studio and other IDEs.
Data and Database Modeling: Relational Database Modeling (Professional).
Project Management: Expert. Former Project Management Professional, (PMP), from Project Management Institute, (PMI).
Strategic Management: Industrial Analysis, PESTLE, SWOT, Porter’s Competitive Forces, Social/Cultural Change, Strategic Positioning, Competitive Focus, Brand Management, Strategic Pricing, Promotion, Valuation, Technology Transfer.
Management/Business Research and Decision Science: Forecasting and Forecasting Models, Econometrics, Capital Budgeting. Some decision science and modeling. Market Research, and Marketing Research. Quality Management, Data-Driven Quality Management.
Laboratory: Knowledge of, and academic hands-on preparation for: Aseptic techniques. Light and SE Microscopy. Quantitative Analytical Chemistry. Qualitative Analytical Chemistry: IR, UV/Vis, GC, Mass Spectroscopy, AA, AE, HPLC, NMR, SEM/X-Ray analysis. Some radiometric techniques.
Research; Research Design, Design of Experiment, Research Methodologies, Social Science Research, Clinical Trial Research, Piloting, Validation, Reliability, Statistical Analysis, Clinical Performance Evaluation, Clinical Program Effectiveness, Clinical Technology Effectiveness, Health Outcomes Research, Health Economics Research.
Office and Productivity Applications Proficiency, MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access/JetEngine. Specialized MS business applications: Visio, Project. Acrobat (and other PDF publishers). DICOM and DICOM viewers.