Kenya Woodruff Speaks at Annual ABA Washington Health Law Summit


Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Kenya Woodruff recently spoke as a panelist at the 13th Annual American Bar Association Washington Health Law Summit.

The panel, "Consolidation or Coordination? FTC and DOJ Guidance on the Future of Mergers and ACOs," examined the potential effects of significant payer and provider mergers on the access to and the cost, choice and quality of healthcare. Expert panelist discussed the advantages and disadvantages to patients in this continuously evolving healthcare marketplace, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s priorities concerning consolidation, and gave guidance on how to avoid antitrust pitfalls.

Speakers also addressed departmental enforcement to ensure that prices are competitive and patient care is not unduly sacrificed for cost-savings and efficiency. The discussion included a review of the recent merger enforcement, ACO regulations, available fraud and abuse waivers, antitrust law and applicable FTC and DOJ guidance.

At the firm, Woodruff is co-chair of the Healthcare Practice Group. Her practice is dedicated to healthcare regulatory and related transactional and business matters. Woodruff focuses her counsel activities on the creation and maintenance of compliant healthcare operations and structures for physicians, hospitals, home health and hospice providers, including accountable care organizations and the proper utilization of nonprofit health organizations. Her practice also includes advice on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.

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