Healthcare - Government Relations

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Blank Rome’s team of attorneys and healthcare policy advisers has strong experience providing strategic advice on public policy, legislative issues, and business development to a broad range of clients in the healthcare, life sciences, and health information technology fields.

We are prepared to provide immediate assistance on a range of legislative and regulatory issues including:

  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • state pharmacy assistance programs
  • generic pharmaceuticals
  • health information technology
  • healthcare reform
  • pandemic flu preparedness

Blank Rome represents health providers before federal and state-level regulatory agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Public Health Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and other health-related agencies. Our clients include Medicare and Medicaid providers (including hospitals, physicians, and specialty facilities), state and local governments, and drug and device manufacturers.

We assist clients with a broad range of regulatory activities, including rulemaking, interpreting regulations, and compliance efforts. We actively monitor regulatory developments within agencies, including implementation of legislation and development of agency rules and regulations. Our relationships with regulators allow us to meet our clients’ needs proactively.

Drawing upon the extensive experience of Blank Rome's robust intellectual property and technology practice, we provide clients with complete health information technology representation. We monitor federal and state privacy statutory and regulatory developments, as well as codes of conduct and other industry initiatives. We also assist our clients with the development of legislative and regulatory strategies to ensure the correct balance is struck between protecting information and promoting e-health to improve the care of patients. In addition to our know-how in medical information privacy, we are well versed in other related policy areas, including Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the European Union Privacy Directive, Internet privacy issues, and initiatives to improve healthcare information technology.

Blank Rome is a Diamond-level sponsor of the Health Information Management Systems Society (“HiMSS”) and continues to work closely with our clients as the U.S. administration and Congress are actively advancing e-health initiatives through the regulatory and legislative processes.

For example, our attorneys have served as counsel to three Governors of Pennsylvania on healthcare matters, as well as counsel in HHS’s Office of General Counsel.  They have served on the National Governor’s Association and Joint Committee, and the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission (“JSGA”) Advisory Committee to review public health laws, as well as commissions such as the Long-Term Care Work Group of the Governor of Virginia’s Health Reform Commission and on the current Governor’s Health Care Transition Team. In addition, we have twenty-eight attorneys formerly with the U.S. Department of Justice and five former judges, including two U.S. district court judges and a former judge from the United States Court of Appeals. A number of these attorneys have substantial experience in representing healthcare clients in internal investigations and in defending healthcare clients in court, and have substantial contacts at the U.S. Department of Justice.