Jessica serves as a go-to resource for health care providers seeking counsel on contract and compliance matters. She routinely assists clients with facility and individual licensing issues, as well as time-sensitive risk management issues such as patient consent and adverse event reporting. She also partners with providers to draft and negotiate a wide variety of agreements, including clinical services agreements, clinical trial agreements and grant agreements.
In addition, Jessica brings practical experience working with academic medical centers, safety net health systems, nonprofit and for-profit health systems, ambulance providers, behavioral health providers, federally qualified health centers, physician practices, laboratories and pharmacies on transactional, regulatory and accreditation matters. And she helps health care clients navigate interactions with federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).
Jessica advises drug and device manufacturers on their interactions with health care professionals, and ensures exchanges abide by the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and industry codes such as the PhRMA Code and the AdvaMed Code.
Manufacturers frequently retain Jessica to strengthen their compliance programs through the development of compliance policies, procedures, training manuals and other documents. She also provides support on the corporate contracts side, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, including supply chain agreements, clinical trial agreements, confidentiality agreements, grant agreements and consulting agreements.
As chief counsel at Eskenazi Health, Jessica spearheaded several transformative initiatives. On the expansion front, she managed all legal aspects of the construction of a new $754 million hospital campus, including running a successful public referendum; structuring multimillion-dollar architect and construction/project manager agreements; assessing risk during the design phase; providing guidance on public bidding of contracts; and resolving construction-related disputes. In addition, she counseled the health care system on an agreement with the municipality to merge two existing ambulance services into a new emergency medical services agency. Jessica also played a key role in the negotiation and drafting of health system’s principal agreement for physician services, including specific performance metrics.
- Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Spring Semester 2008 (Health Law Course)