Tammy Ward Woffenden is a Partner in the Firm's Health Care, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Life Sciences Industry Groups. She principally focuses her practice on transactional, regulatory, and administrative health law issues. She routinely works with clients on navigating complex state and federal laws, regulations, guidance and policy on matters.
Mergers and Acquisitions of Health Care Entities
Tammy has worked on both the transactional and regulatory sides of mergers and acquisitions involving a variety of health care providers, including individual hospitals and large hospital systems, pharmacies, home health agencies, hospice, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, durable medical equipment suppliers, laboratories, mobile health units, therapy clinics and rehabilitation agencies, individual providers and group practices, and other businesses that transact business in the health care industry.
HIPAA / HITECH
Tammy advises covered entities (both providers and health plans), business associates, and subcontractors on matters relating to Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and implementing regulations. She routinely works with clients on drafting and negotiating arrangements concerning the use and protection of health information, preparing training programs, developing privacy and security compliance and breach notification policies and procedures, and investigating and reporting data breaches. She also advises clients regarding state privacy and data security laws and other federal laws affecting privacy, including the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Medicare and Medicaid
Tammy advises clients on matters regarding Medicare and state Medicaid enrollment (including change of ownership), reimbursement, compliance, and audit investigation and appeals. She has also worked with clients on Medicaid managed care compliance and contracting matters as well as regulatory requirements relating to Medicare Advantage Plans.
Fraud and Abuse
Tammy advises clients on state and federal fraud and abuse laws, including the Anti-Kickback Act and Stark. From this perspective, she has assisted clients with developing compliance and training programs; investigating and analyzing reported incidents; and analyzing contractual arrangements, transactions, partnerships and joint venture arrangements.
State and Federal Licensing, Certification, and Permitting
Tammy advises clients regarding initial and licensure renewals, change of ownership and other updates affecting licensure status, responding to agency actions such as licensure deficiencies and corrective action plans, and general compliance with licensure requirements. Tammy has handled licensure matters for a variety of health care providers, including individual hospitals and large hospital systems, pharmacies, home health agencies, hospice, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, durable medical equipment suppliers, laboratories, mobile health units, therapy clinics and rehabilitation agencies, and individual providers and group practices. She also has experience with state and federal requirements regarding nurse practitioners, including state scope of practice and supervision.
Other State and Federal Regulatory Matters
Tammy advises clients on a variety of other state regulatory and administrative matters, including compliance with state corporate practice of medicine restrictions, fee-splitting, and telemedicine laws. She has also advised clients regarding federal regulatory requirements and guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office for Civil Rights), Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission. She also advises on issues relating to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including those relating to Accountable Care Organizations and other joint ventures between payors and providers.
Health Care Contracting
Tammy has worked with clients on various types of healthcare contracts, including service and vendor contracts, management services agreements, and employment arrangements. She also has experience with managed care and TPA contracting matters.
Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
- Member, American Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Physician Legal Issues Conference (2017-2018)
- Vice Chair, Programs Executive Committee (2017-2018)
- Vice-Chair, Physicians Legal Issues Conference (2015-2017)
- Member, American Health Lawyers Association
- Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
- Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association
- Member, Austin Bar Association
- Served on council for the Health Law Section, 2011-2013
- Board of Directors, The Arc of the Capital Area (2015-2017)