Denise Atwood, RN, JD, CPHRM

Industry Expertise
  • Health Care - Provider

    • Integrated Health Systems

    • Hospitals

    • Primary Care Medical Home

    • Burn Center

  • Government

    • Medicaid​

  • Insurance

Denise Atwood is a registered nurse and licensed attorney certified in health care risk management (CPHRM).  She has over twenty years of health care leadership experience, including Vice President of Operations (retired) for a metropolitan integrated health system with a level I trauma and burn center, a multi-specialty clinic, and 13 outpatient clinics.


Denise has diversified experience in the areas of healthcare operations, compliance, risk management and quality.  Denise also has extensive risk and compliance experience on the federal level working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA). On a state level, she was former health care facilities surveyor for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and a program manager for the Arizona State Medicaid program (AHCCCS).

She has been Freelance Research Contributor for Wolters Kluwer publications since 2000.  She is a published author and speaker on risk, compliance, legally sound documentation, FQHC, and ethics issues. Peer reviewed publications included in: MGMA Connection, AAMI Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology; AHLA Connections; and Nursing Management.

Denise is currently an adjunct professor for two universities teaching health care law, ethics and politics/public policy.  She is a current member of: The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM); Arizona Society Health Care Attorneys (ASHCA); The American and Arizona Nurses Associations and participant Arizona Wellbeing Commons - Public Health Law, Policy and Equity. She is also an advisory council member for the University of Phoenix, School of Health Services Administration. 

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