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
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Reporting Requirements for Updating Your CMS Provider Enrollment
June 22, 2017
With the possibility of significant penalties for improperly reported transactions, it is important to understand how certain changes necessitate specific reporting. Is your organization considering a stock transfer, a merger, a change in...
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Exaggerated Diagnosis Codes and Inadequate Provider Networks: Allegations of Medicare Advantage Fraud Settled for $32.5 Million
June 20, 2017
The latest settlement involving Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations highlights not only the government’s continuing enforcement focus on Medicare Part C but also the vulnerabilities inherent in that program. In United States ex rel...
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Health Law Update
Doc, Can You Hear Me Now? Telehealth Finally Comes of Age in Texas
June 20, 2017
After many years of heated and contentious debate, and opposition by the Texas Medical Association and the executive director of the Texas Medical Board, Texas has significantly revised its telemedicine statute to permit the routine...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
June 19, 2017
Senate Presses Ahead on Healthcare Talks as Deadline Looms With only 10 legislative days before Senate Republicans’ self-imposed deadline, GOP lawmakers face growing obstacles in their quest to vote on replacing the Affordable Care Act...
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Health Law Update
Branded Biologic Products Lose 180 Days of Patent Exclusivity in Unanimous Decision From Supreme Court
June 16, 2017
On June 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Sandoz v. Amgen. In doing so, it answered two questions raised under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI). First, is an injunction available under...
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