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

Publications

Alerts

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
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
November 13, 2017
SENATE COMMITTEES TO REVIEW TRUMP’S HHS PICK The year-end schedules of the Senate HELP and Finance committees just became more clogged, as the two panels will lead the review of President Trump’s nominee to be Health & Human Services (HHS)...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
November 6, 2017
December Most Likely Timetable for CHIP Even After House Approval The House last week voted to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2022, but disagreements over how to pay for the program are likely to delay...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
October 30, 2017
House Plans CHIP Vote This Week but Final Action Not Likely Until December House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said lawmakers will vote this week on legislation to renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance...
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Health Law Update
Physicians in the Bulls-eye
October 25, 2017
Several recently reported cases highlight the growing risk physicians face if they succumb to competitive pressures, especially offers of remuneration from labs, pharmacies, home health agencies and other providers to whom they refer. In...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
October 23, 2017
White House Eyes Panel on Drug Prices While Senators Call for Transparency President Donald Trump is considering appointing lawmakers to a bipartisan commission that would develop strategies to lower prescription drug prices, while...
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