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Stephanie D. Willis

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Washington, DC
202.434.7437



Education

  • Northeastern University (JD)
  • Harvard University (BA)
  • Tufts University (MPH)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Languages

  • Creole (Haitian)
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Stephanie primarily works with health care clients seeking to comply with state and federal laws and regulations in their daily business dealings. She provides regulatory advice to clients on issues such as HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance, telemedicine requirements, and health care fraud and abuse compliance.

In her practice, Stephanie has assisted hospitals, laboratories, and academic institutions in drafting compliance plans, structuring joint ventures, and investigating security breaches. She also drafts and updates business associate and subcontractor agreements to meet HIPAA Omnibus Rule and state privacy law compliance standards.  Her other services to clients include:

  • Drafting compliance programs to ensure health care providers and institutions educate employees and contractors about the fraud, waste, and abuse laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; 
  • Responding to government subpoenas regarding conduct implicating the anti-kickback statute, the Stark law, and the civil False Claims Act;
  • Analyzing interactions between health information privacy and practice of medicine laws for a new telemedicine initiative; and
  • Drafting hospital and physician participation agreements for new clinically integrated networks and Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations.

Stephanie’s work incorporates her past experiences an Associate Counsel in the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services and as an intern at the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, the Health Care Division of the Attorney General’s Office, and the Health Care Connector.

She frequently writes about health care fraud and health information privacy enforcement matters and has co-authored articles for Law360 and Westlaw publications. She is also a contributor to the Health Law Section’s Health Law and Policy Matters blog.

Immediately after law school, Stephanie clerked for Justice Frederick L. Brown at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She received various awards, including first place in the Northeast regional competition and second place in the national competition of the National Black Law Students Association’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.

Recognitions & Awards

  • City Year: Washington, DC – Idealist of the Year (2013)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, National Association for Health Services Executives, Washington Metropolitan Chapter
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association, Young Professionals Council
  • Member, American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Vice Chair of Web and Technology Committee
  • Member, Whitman-Walker Health, Legal Community AIDS Walk Task Force (2014)