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CHARLES M. BLACK, JR. Prior to joining Payne, Black & Pickelsimer, LLC, CHARLES M. BLACK, JR. was Assistant General Counsel with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the agency which administers the South Carolina Medicaid Program. He was primarily responsible for program-related issues such as recipient eligibility, program development, and provider enrollment. He also represented the agency in administrative appeals at all levels of the process. Mr. Black is experienced in such areas as hospital and physician services, home and community based services, nursing homes and home health, and managed care. His duties also included research and drafting of appropriate legislation, policies, procedures, and program bulletins in order to effectively implement programs. He also participated in contract negotiations, reimbursement matters, and enforcement/recoupment actions. Mr. Black received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1987, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree (double major in finance and management) from the University of South Carolina’s College of Business Administration in 1984. He is a member of both the South Carolina Bar and the Florida Bar (currently inactive), as well as the American Health Lawyers Association. Also shareholder in Elder Law Services of SC, P.A.