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Julie E. Kass

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Julie E. Kass, co-chair of Baker Donelson's Health Law Department, focuses her practice on the fraud and abuse aspects of Medicare and Medicaid, including the federal Stark and Anti-kickback laws, OIG exclusion authorities and civil money penalties.

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Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Kass focuses her practice on the fraud and abuse aspects of Medicare and Medicaid, including the federal Stark and Anti-kickback laws, OIG exclusion authorities and civil money penalties.

In addition, Ms. Kass has experience in accountable care organizations (ACOs), assisting various clients in navigating CMS' ACO rules and application procedures. She represents a variety of health care entities, including hospitals, large physician practices, physical therapy companies, and long-term care facilities.

Ms. Kass is among the country's leading authorities in the Stark and Anti-kickback laws. She also has a deep knowledge of issues pertaining to Medicare coverage and reimbursement. Ms. Kass serves her clients with the belief that without knowing the fundamentals of reimbursement and how the money flows, it is difficult – if not impossible – to understand the incentives creating potential fraud and abuse issues in this complex regulatory environment. This knowledge also serves her well in helping entities create new models for hospital/physician integration, such as ACOs.

At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, Ms. Kass was responsible for writing advisory opinions, fraud alerts and safe harbor regulations. This experience makes her uniquely qualified to guide her clients through the complex Stark and federal Anti-kickback regulatory environment. She has helped her clients structure arrangements to fall within the in-office ancillary services exception and restructure arrangements to comply with the constantly changing regulations. She has successfully sought and received advisory opinions from the OIG on behalf of her clients. A highly collaborative and intuitive problem solver, Ms. Kass works tirelessly with her clients to develop solutions within the limitations of the broad prohibitions of these laws.

Ms. Kass also serves as defense counsel and in that capacity has helped clients to deal with unintended violations of the fraud and abuse laws. She regularly represents clients before the OIG and DOJ in resolving civil money penalty administrative actions. In addition, she has assisted with internal investigations of Stark and Anti-kickback issues for major health care systems. Clients often seek Ms. Kass's guidance in determining how to remediate the issues, including assistance with voluntary disclosures to the OIG.

Ms. Kass has authored many articles for professional journals, including several in-depth examinations of Stark regulatory compliance and self-referral prohibitions. Most recently, she authored "Fostering Health Care Reform through a Bifurcated Model of Fraud and Abuse Regulation."

Well-known as one of the nation's leading attorneys in the field of fraud and abuse laws, Ms. Kass was named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in the area of Health Care for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Nightingale's Healthcare News named Ms. Kass as one of the "Outstanding Fraud and Compliance Lawyers" for 2006 and one of the "Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers" for 2004. Ms. Kass dedicates enormous energy to The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where she currently serves on the board of directors. She also co-chairs The Network – where you connect personally, professionally and philanthropically with community – and belongs to the Health and Long Term Care committee of the Jewish Federation of North America.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
    • Physician Organizations Practice Group
      • Chair (2013 – 2015)
      • Vice Chair (2009 – 2012) 
    • Fraud & Abuse Practice Group
      • Advisory Opinion Task Force
    • Mentoring Program
    • Public Interest Contributor
  • Member – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
    • Board of Directors
    • Co-chair, Health and Long Term Care Committee
    • Co-chair, Fourth Annual Network Event Live

Honoraries

  • Listed as a top lawyer in Maryland by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Healthcare (2017)
  • Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2014 – 2016)
  • Listed in The Legal 500, Health Care (2012 and 2015)
  • Selected by Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the Outstanding Fraud and Compliance Lawyers (2006)
  • Selected by Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the "Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers" (2004)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Background
  • Formerly Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, and Industry Guidance Branch
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter – "Assessing the Opportunity: Understanding the Business and Legal Considerations," Evolution of a Health Care Deal, Ober|Kaler and Bloomberg BNA (2016)
  • "Building a Book of Business That Will Break the Box Office," AHLA Women's Leadership Council, Baltimore, Maryland (September 2016)

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1994, summa cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Case Western University School of Law Jackson B. Morris Scholarship
    • Notes Editor – Case Western Reserve Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1991
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1991, cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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