Jennifer P. Whitton

Associate

Atlanta
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Overview

Jennifer Whitton focuses her practice on healthcare law, advising clients in regulatory and compliance matters and structuring complex transactions involving acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic affiliations. She develops strategies and solutions that assist clients in navigating complex statutory and regulatory requirements, while effectively and efficiently meeting clients' business objectives.

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  • Advises institutional healthcare facilities on compliance with healthcare regulatory laws, including federal and state fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act, and federal and state reimbursement laws.
  • Assists with the structuring of transactions among healthcare providers, including asset purchase transactions, equity transactions, joint ventures, employment agreements, joint venture operating agreements, medical director agreements and management agreements.
  • Advises healthcare clients regarding confidentiality and privacy of medical records, including the structuring of relationships between covered entities and their business associates, HIPAA releases, preparation of HIPAA policies and procedures, and evaluation of HIPAA privacy breaches.
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Experience

  • Advises institutional healthcare facilities on compliance with healthcare regulatory laws, including federal and state fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act, and federal and state reimbursement laws.
  • Assists with the structuring of transactions among healthcare providers, including asset purchase transactions, equity transactions, joint ventures, employment agreements, joint venture operating agreements, medical director agreements and management agreements.
  • Advises healthcare clients regarding confidentiality and privacy of medical records, including the structuring of relationships between covered entities and their business associates, HIPAA releases, preparation of HIPAA policies and procedures, and evaluation of HIPAA privacy breaches.
  • Advises clients regarding federal and state healthcare fraud and abuse issues, including matters arising under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the Civil Money Penalty Statute.
  • Represents a variety of institutional healthcare clients in connection with state healthcare licensure matters, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, surgery centers, diagnostic testing facilities, hospitals, home health agencies and infusion agencies, as well as a fertility clinic and egg bank.
  • Provided regulatory and transactional assistance to a multicampus hospital system in the evaluation and development of a clinically integrated network of providers.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Georgia Bar, Health Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
    • Service Council: Secretary

Pro Bono

  • Represents victims of human trafficking to obtain T-visa status through the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN).
  • Represents clients through the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) to resolve education-related issues (e.g., special education, school discipline problems).

Prior Positions

  • McKenna Long & Aldridge: Associate
  • Law Clerk for Justice Hugh Thompson at the Georgia Supreme Court

Admissions

  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Agnes Scott College, cum laude

Blog

In The Blogs

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Health Law Update
Stark and AKS Rules Cross the Finish Line of HHS Regulatory Sprint
November 25, 2020
With a bold finish, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) crossed the finish line of its race to modernize and clarify the regulations interpreting the federal physician self-referral law (Stark) and anti-kickback statute (AKS)...
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Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
March 9, 2020
CORONAVIRUS WORRIES CONTINUE AFTER EMERGENCY FUNDING BILL Congressional approval last week of emergency spending to address the coronavirus hasn’t allayed Capitol Hill’s concerns about preparedness and response as the impact of the virus...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
February 24, 2020
AZAR TO TESTIFY THIS WEEK BEFORE HOUSE, SENATE COMMITTEES Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faces a marathon week of testimony, appearing before four congressional committees to discuss his department’s fiscal 2021 budget. In...
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Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
February 10, 2020
SURPRISE BILLING PROGRESS DRIVES THE WEEK Legislation to address surprise medical bills is moving forward this week, as two House committees mark up their own plans to protect patients. After progress stalled at the end of last year, the...
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Health Law Update
PE Investment in Physician Practice Management ? What's to Come in 2019?
By Adam D. Gale, Laurice Rutledge Lambert, Jennifer P. Whitton
February 13, 2019
Private equity (PE) investors entered the physician practice management (PPM) market in 2011, and eight years later the PPM sector continues to be a ripe middle market for PE investors looking to diversify their portfolios. However, as the...
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