Health Law and Policy Program Advisory Council

The Health Law & Policy Advisory Council is comprised of prominent WCL alumni in the health law and policy community.

Joel L. Michaels
 

Joel L. Michaels (Chair)
J.D. 1975

 

Joel L. Michaels retired as a partner with the international law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery LLP where he was the partner in charge of the firm's Washington, D.C. Health Industry Advisory Group. In this role, he worked with health plans, health insurers, and health maintenance organizations on federal regulatory issues affecting health care coverage and health care delivery including the requirements under the Affordable Care Act. He has also served as an adjunct professor at AUWCL and at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Ebunola Aniyikaiye
 

Ebunola Aniyikaiye
J.D./M.B.A. 2017
Associate, Epstein Becker and Green

 

Ebunola Aniyikaiye, JD, MBA, MPP, is an associate at Epstein Becker and Green in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where she focuses on government investigations, legislation and policy developments, and health care transactions and business.

Christine Clements
 

Christine Clements
J.D. 1987
Partner, Sheppard Mullin LLP

 

Christine M. Clements is a partner in the Healthcare Team in Sheppard Mullin's Washington, D.C. office with over 25 years of experience on managed care law issues. Her practice focus includes federal healthcare government contract programs, including the Medicare Advantage Program, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and Medicaid managed care. Christine advises health plan clients on the issues most important to them, including contract applications and service area expansions; responses to requests for proposals; rate development and bidding; medical loss ratio and other financial and reporting requirements; risk adjustment; Star ratings; sales and marketing strategies and compliance; benefit design; employer/union group offerings; provider and vendor contracting and payment; internal audits; fraud and abuse including the discount, managed care, and group purchasing organizations safe harbors; and compliance programs. Christine advises clients undergoing government audits and investigations. She also represents clients in administrative appeals including appeals of Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services application denials, assessments of civil money penalties, and Star rating/quality bonus payment determinations.

Shawn L. Fultz
 

Shawn L. Fultz
J.D. 2015
Special Projects Coordinator, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products

 

Shawn Fultz, MD, JD, MPH, works for the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), in the Office of the Center Director where he serves as the Economic and Special Projects Branch Chief. In this role, he oversees CTP's economics team, the administrative appeals staff, and staff tracking progress on strategic priorities. He also serves as a liaison between legal and scientific experts for the development of tobacco product standards and other regulations.

Mary Beth Giblin
 

Mary Beth Giblin
J.D. 1987
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

 

Mary Elizabeth (“Mary Beth”) Giblin is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, where she is responsible for managing the D.C. legal office and for providing counsel to the company’s Strategic Business Units and Technical and Operational Support Services. In addition, she provides guidance on corporate governance matters and manages litigation brought against the corporations.

Katherine Jett Hayes
 

Katherine Jett Hayes
J.D. 2002
Director, Health Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center

 

Katherine Jett Hayes is the director of health policy at Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). In this role, she leads BPC’s health care initiatives in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, delivery system reform, long-term services and supports, and advanced care. She also directs policy initiatives including topic selection, research, stakeholder engagement, development of policy options, negotiation of policy recommendations, and reports and collaborates with BPC’s 501(c)(4) lobbying organization to advance recommendations with federal policymakers. Prior to joining BPC, Hayes was an associate research professor in the department of health policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Ashley Hudson
 

Ashley Hudson
J.D. 2015
Associate, Liles Parker PLLC

 

Ashley Hudson is an Associate Attorney in Liles Parker’s Washington, DC office where she focuses her practice on regulatory health care compliance matters. As a Certified Medical Compliance Officer, Ashley helps clients implement effective compliance programs and provides counsel on mandatory state and industry-specific policies and procedures. Ashley also has experience researching Anti-Kickback, Stark, and False Claims Act issues presented by alleged tangible gifts and monetary exchanges in a large federal health care fraud investigation.

John Jacob
 

John R. Jacob

J.D. 1993

Partner, Akin Gump LLP

 

John R. Jacob is the leader of Akin Gump’s health law practice, and a member of its regulatory practice steering committee. Mr. Jacob represents multihospital health care systems, major academic medical centers, device manufacturers, and health technology companies. He has extensive experience in counseling, compliance, reimbursement and litigation regarding Medicare and Medicaid regulatory and policy matters. 

Corrine Propas Parver
 

Corrine Propas Parver
J.D. 1982
Former WCL Practitioner-in-Residence and Founder, Health Law and Policy Project

 

Corrine Propas Parver retired as a partner with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky in 2004 and then launched AUWCL’s Health Law and Policy Project, Health Law Summer Institute, and Health Law and Policy Specialization for the Law and Government LL.M. Program. She is a member of the Holy Cross Health and HCH Foundation Boards and Women Lawyers on Guard. Ms. Parver received AUWCL’s Women and the Law Leadership Award in 2012.

Houeida Saad
 

Houeida Saad
J.D. 1992
General Counsel, URAC

 

Houeida Saad serves as General Counsel with URAC. In this role, she is the organization’s point person on issues involving contracts, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and general legal support. She ensures that URAC’s over 30 accreditation products and its programming comply with federal and state law as well as the laws of the District of Columbia. She also serves as a policy expert on insurance and other health policy issues, and teaches health law as an adjunct professor of law at AUWCL.

Jennifer Schwartz
 

Jennifer Schwartz
J.D. 2009
Associate Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration

 

Jennifer Schwartz is Associate Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration.

Jeff Wurzburg
 

Jeff Wurzburg
LL.M. 2012
Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

 

Jeff J. Wurzburg is a counsel in the San Antonio office of Norton Rose Fulbright and a member of the healthcare practice group.  Jeff's practice focuses on health care regulatory, coverage and payment, transaction, compliance, and policy matters.  Jeff works with hospital systems, provider groups, accountable care organizations, managed care companies, durable medical equipment suppliers, and other entities on healthcare matters.

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Jeff served as an attorney in the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he advised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.  He advised on a wide ranging portfolio that included Affordable Care Act regulations, guidance, and litigation and the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models.   His unique experience and expertise makes him well suited to advise clients on implementation, compliance matters, and strategic opportunities related to the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform.

For further information, please contact Professor Asha Scielzo at scielzo@wcl.american.edu.