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Ashley Thomas, CIPP/E, CIPP/US

Associate

Ashley is an associate in the Firm's Health Law Group. 

Professional Biography

Overview

Ashley focuses her practice in health care with a concentration on hospital and health system matters, regulatory, antitrust and compliance issues, corporate transactions and hospital/physician alignment. She provides services to an array of health care providers, including hospitals, health systems and physician practices.

She has provided counsel on HIPAA compliance investigations and data breaches; advised health care providers on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse issues, "Stark" self-referral laws and the Anti-Kickback Statute; offered guidance to clients on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, coverage and policy issues related to the use of telehealth, mobile health and related information technology platforms; and counseled clients in government antitrust investigations. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E and CIPP/US).

Representative Matters
  • Represent hospitals, physicians and business associates in responding to data breaches and Office for Civil Rights HIPAA investigations.

  • Represent public health systems, critical access hospitals and accountable care organizations on licensure, reimbursement, regulatory compliance and operational matters.

  • Advise outpatient substance abuse treatment clinics in regulatory compliance and operational matters.

  • Advise clients on federal antitrust issues including preparation of Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/E, CIPP/US)
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
    • Vice Chair, Public Health System Affinity Group (2017 – 2018)
    • Social Media Coordinator, Physicians Organizations Group (2014 – 2017)
  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Chair of the Science and Technology Committee (2016 – 2018)
    • Health Law Section
      • Recipient, "Emerging Young Lawyers in Healthcare" award (2019)
      • Vice Chair, Web & Technology Committee (2017 – 2018)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Co-presenter – "Turning "Can We Do This?" into "We Can Do This!": Navigating Compliance, Part V," AHLA Webinar (June 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "HIPAA-NOMICS Webinar: How to Avoid Costly Penalties and Liability," Hall Render Webinar Series (May 2016)
  • Moderator – "Stark Master Class: In-Depth Analysis of Recent Changes," American Bar Association Health Law Section Webinar (March 2016)
  • Panelist – "Keeping Up with the Times: How to Leverage Twitter and Other Social Media Tools as a Health Care Lawyer," American Health Lawyers Association Roundtable Discussion (January 2016)

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