2016 Health Law & Policy Summer Institute Faculty
John T. Boese is a nationally recognized expert on the civil False Claims Act and its unique qui tam enforcement mechanism. He is the author of Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 4th ed.), a comprehensive, two-volume treatise on the civil False Claims Act and qui tam enforcement at both the federal and state levels. This book is cited as authority by courts at all levels—including the United States Supreme Court, eleven US Courts of Appeals, most federal district courts, and many state courts. It was cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a source for the SEC's rules on whistleblower awards.
Mr. Boese is of counsel in Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's Washington, DC office, where he served as managing partner as well as co-chair of its litigation department for many years. He has represented, and continues to represent, a broad range of defendants in numerous False Claims Act cases brought by qui tam relators or by the Department of Justice. These clients include defense contractors, pharmaceutical companies, construction companies, insurance companies, oil & gas companies, major retailers, import/export firms, computer manufacturers and service providers, hospitals, churches, universities, and airports. He has appeared in over 40 federal district courts, and has argued in most of the US Courts of Appeals.
Daniel Kracov is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he co-chairs the firm's FDA and Healthcare Practice Group. Mr. Kracov assists clients, including investors, start-up companies, trade associations, and large manufacturing companies, in negotiating the legal requirements relating to the development, approval, and marketing of drugs, biologics, and medical devices. He routinely handles FDA inspections, investigations, and enforcement matters. He also helps clients develop global corporate compliance programs, conducts compliance reviews and audits, and manages regulatory due diligence for financings, mergers and acquisitions. He has a widely-recognized experience in biomedical product-related public policy matters, including Congressional investigations and FDA-related legislative initiatives. His expertise in FDA matters has been recognized by Chambers, the Legal Times, and numerous other publications.
Derek Kung serves as the VP and General Counsel for MedAssist with broad expertise in corporate affairs and healthcare regulatory matters. He has worked with various provider types across the healthcare industry spectrum, including physician practices, laboratories, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Mr. Kung's experience includes advising clients on Stark, Anti-Kickback, and other fraud and abuse laws; investigating compliance related matters; HIPAA and various other federal and state privacy statutes and regulations. Mr. Kung has experience in mergers and acquisitions, structuring joint ventures, and other corporate transactional matters. Prior to joining MedAssist, he was with a law firm's corporate health care group and former general counsel of a clinical laboratory. Derek holds a BA, Economics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC as well as a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA.
Kristi Kung is a Senior Associate in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Health Care practice, resident in the Washington, DC office. She represents health care industry clients in a range of regulatory, litigation, and transactional health care matters including: fraud and abuse counseling (anti-kickback statute, Stark Law, and False Claims Act issues), internal compliance investigations, responses to government anti-fraud enforcement actions and investigations, responses to government and third party payor audits (including RAC and ZPIC audits), Medicare/Medicaid enrollment and reimbursement issues, health information privacy and security compliance, licensing and accreditation of health care providers and suppliers, and contract drafting and deal structuring.
Her portfolio includes the evolving area of telemedicine, mobile health and social media, with an emphasis on federal and state regulatory compliance. Ms. Kung frequently advises telehealth companies and mobile health app developers on matters related to licensing, credentialing, reimbursement, corporate practice, privacy and security, and FDA oversight, among other legal and compliance obstacles. She also works with hospitals seeking to expand patient access and specialty coverage through the use of telehealth and mobile technology.
Prior to joining Pillsbury, Ms. Kung worked as a health care associate for another law firm and specialized in health care law. During law school, she worked at the Department of Health and Human Services - Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia conducting legal research on the interaction between HIPAA and state laws and answering questions from the public and health care providers regarding HIPAA privacy.
Sara Romine is an attorney in the Data Privacy & Security group at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP. Sara routinely counsels and advises clients on data privacy and security issues, including compliance with state and federal laws governing the handling of protected-health information, personal-identifying information, and financial information. She assists clients in the development of internal policies and procedures relating to information governance and the collection, storage, and transmission of sensitive data, as well as policies and procedures relating to data-breach incidents. Sara also routinely advises clients on the negotiation of third party vendor contracts relating to the handling of valuable business data, including for storage, marketing, and other data analytics. She holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential for the US domestic sector from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Prior to entering private practice, Sara clerked for the Honorable Catharina Haynes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Asha Scielzo is Law and Government Health Law & Policy Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law. In this leadership role, Professor Scielzo assists with development of the health law and policy curriculum, recruitment of adjunct professors, expansion of health law externships, career counseling, career panels and other programming. She advises the student-led Health Law & Policy Brief and Health Law & Justice Society. She founded and manages the annual WCL National Health Law Writing Competition and directs the annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute.
Professor Scielzo also serves in the capacity of Special Counsel in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Health Care practice, resident in the Washington, DC office. In this role, she concentrates her practice on health care regulatory counseling, with significant expertise in fraud and abuse and reimbursement considerations and their impact on day-to-day operations, corporate compliance and governance, and transactions.