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Sheila Sokolowski

Sheila Sokolowski

Practice Areas

Health Care
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Sheila Sokolowski focuses her practice on business and regulatory issues affecting the health care industry.  She advises clients across a broad spectrum of the health care industry concerning federal and state law governing the delivery of health care services and products, including the Stark Law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, state and federal false claims acts and HIPAA/HITECH.  Ms. Sokolowski joined Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose in 2010 and is the creator and host of HIPAA Bytes, a series of podcasts addressing specific issues raised by the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification regulations and providing practical guidance for compliance.

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Ms. Sokolowski counsels health care providers and businesses that provide services to the health care sector on health information technology and privacy and security laws. Her experience includes conducting internal investigations of breaches of protected health information and defending covered entities and business associates in governmental investigations of alleged violations of HIPAA/HITECH. She also regularly speaks to national audiences about HIPAA/HITECH compliance.

Ms. Sokolowski has experience in transactions involving physicians and hospitals, including structuring clinically integrated provider networks to comply with Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) requirements.  She also counsels investment banks and private equity funds on the scope and management of fraud and abuse risks arising in connection with transactions with providers of health care products and services.

Ms. Sokolowski regularly advises academic medical centers and health systems on a variety of regulatory matters affecting operations, including: emergency treatment and transfers; patient safety; peer review and credentialing; professional scope of practice; charity care; Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and appeals; and facility licensing and certification requirements. She also conducts internal investigations of allegations of violations of the Stark Law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and state and federal false claims acts.

Recent Presentations/Publications

"Stark Law Update: New Exceptions, Clarifications and Revisions", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (December 17, 2015).

"Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct", Society of Clinical Research Associates, Denver (September 17, 2015).

"Phase 2 HIPAA Audits:  Preparing for When the OCR Comes Knocking", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (August 6, 2015).

"Stark Law & OIG Activity Update:  Changes, Challenges and Recent Litigation", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (December 11, 2014).

"Patient Engagement:  Legal Risks and Practical Realities", Chicago Bar Association, Health Law Committee (October 22, 2014).

"Access to Electronic Health Information:  Navigating HIPAA & Meaningful Use Stage 2", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (August 6, 2014).

"HIPAA Audits:  Issues & Answers for Privacy, Security and Breach Requirements", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (May 13, 2014).

"HIPAA Update:  What You Need to Know", Pincus Professional Education CLE webinar (April 8, 2014)

"Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct", Society of Clinical Research Associates, New Orleans (September 26, 2013).

"The Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule: What You Need to Know Now", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (August 6, 2013; March 13, 2013).

"Business Associates Under The Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (June 11, 2013).

"HIPAA Compliance Update: HITECH Rulemaking and Enforcement", National Constitution Center CLE webinar (October 26, 2011).

"HIPAA Compliance Update: Facebook, Twitter and Legal Liabilities" , National Constitution Center CLE webinar (May 5, 2011).

Professional Memberships/Activities

Ms. Sokolowski is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys.

Admissions

Illinois (2009)
Texas (2001)

Education

University of Texas, School of Law (J.D.  2000)

Barnard College (B.A. 1986)