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
Clearly Defined HIPAA and FERPA Policies May Help Covered Entities in Defending a Claim for Unemployment Compensation
February 19, 2019
Recently, in Dantry v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. 1665 C.D. 2017 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2019), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) which had affirmed...
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Health Law Update
Senate Democrats recently introduced the Stop Price Gouging Act
By Christian B. Jones, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Lee H. Rosebush
February 15, 2019
Senate Democrats recently introduced the Stop Price Gouging Act (S. 378), which seeks to place an excise tax on pharmaceutical companies in proportion to price spikes on prescription drugs. The bill generally requires a company to justify...
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Health Law Update
PE Investment in Physician Practice Management ? What's to Come in 2019?
By Jessie M. Gabriel, 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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Health Law Update
The Use of Smart Speakers in Healthcare
January 31, 2019
Smart speakers are voice-activated, internet-connected devices with an integrated virtual assistant that can answer questions, follow instructions and control other smart devices. Nearly one in five U.S. adults has access to a smart...
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Health Law Update
Provisioning Workforce Access to Electronic Protected Health Information: It May Be ‘Common Sense,’ but Is It Easy to Implement?
By Paulette M. Thomas
January 22, 2019
In December 2018, Pagosa Springs Medical Center settled potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rule violations and entered into a corrective action plan with the Office for Civil Rights...
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