Paulette M. Thomas

Counsel

Cincinnati
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Overview

Paulette Thomas has more than 25 years of legal experience, with an emphasis on HIPAA privacy and security. She has expansive comprehension of healthcare operations, having worked with hospital systems for her entire career, including serving as in-house counsel with two systems and practicing as a registered nurse prior to becoming an attorney. Paulette has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory climate in which healthcare providers operate.

Paulette is a frequent speaker at national conferences on a host of topics, including Medicare conditions of participation, Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) compliance, research, and HIPAA compliance.

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Privacy
  • Assists clients who face technical limitations with electronic health records (EHR) products, system implementation and data use, working to comply with state and federal privacy and security laws. For example, helped client navigate through implementation of EHR system and data sharing for accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks. Client aimed to achieve interoperability between two different facilities in different states. 
Other Healthcare
  • Assists clients with implementation and management of 340B Drug Pricing Program for eligible hospitals. Manages external HRSA audits and assists with corrective action plans for compliance. 
  • Completes medical staff review and revision of bylaws. Handles peer review, corrective action, hearings and reports to national practitioner. databank.
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Experience

Privacy
  • Assists clients who face technical limitations with electronic health records (EHR) products, system implementation and data use, working to comply with state and federal privacy and security laws. For example, helped client navigate through implementation of EHR system and data sharing for accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks. Client aimed to achieve interoperability between two different facilities in different states. 
  • Responds to issues including regulatory agency investigations and patient complaints; privacy and security breach investigation and reporting; implementation of EHR systems in compliance with privacy and security laws; EHR donation and offering shared platform; and implementation of privacy and security policies and procedures for the use and sharing of health information in clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations, patient portals, and health information exchanges.
Other Healthcare
  • Assists clients with implementation and management of 340B Drug Pricing Program for eligible hospitals. Manages external HRSA audits and assists with corrective action plans for compliance. 
  • Completes medical staff review and revision of bylaws. Handles peer review, corrective action, hearings and reports to national practitioner. databank.
  • Assists clients in EMTALA compliance and agency investigations.
  • Performs supply chain and clinical engineering contract review and negotiations.
  • Provides legal support for national home care service lines including hospice, durable medical equipment and home infusion.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Media, Technology and Telecoms: Cyber law
    • Recommended in Media, Technology and Telecoms: Data protection and privacy

Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association

Community

  • Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Catholic Health Initiatives: Corporate Counsel (1999 to 2015)
  • Synergon Health System
    • In-House Legal Counsel (1991 to 1998)
    • Registered Nurse (1976 to 1990)

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Illinois

Education

  • LL.M., Healthcare, Loyola Law School
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • B.A., Business, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Diploma in Nursing, Washington Hospital School of Nursing