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
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
December 9, 2019
YEAR-END LEGISLATIVE OVERDRIVE This week is crunch time on a host of legislative priorities, and various health-related provisions hang in the balance. Lawmakers and staff worked all weekend negotiating on legislation to fund the...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
December 2, 2019
HEALTH PROVISIONS FACE UNCERTAINTY AS CONGRESS RETURNS FOR BUSY DECEMBER Lawmakers return to Washington this week after the Thanksgiving holiday with only 18 days before the government runs out of money – and that’s not even the most...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
November 18, 2019
FDA NOMINATION HEARING DRIVES THE WEEK IN HEALTH POLICY President Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Stephen Hahn, will appear Wednesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a...
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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
November 12, 2019
COMPREHENSIVE DRUG BILL STALLS WHILE HOUSE PUSHES SMALLER MEASURES House Democrats are planning to take up more narrow bills addressing prescription drug costs while their broad legislation is delayed as the Congressional Budget Office...
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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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