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    Asha B. Scielzo

    Asha B. Scielzo
    Special Counsel

    T: +1.202.663.8256 F: +1.202.663.8007

    Asha Scielzo is Special Counsel in the law firm's Health Care practice, resident in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Scielzo concentrates her practice on health care regulatory counseling, with significant experience in fraud and abuse and reimbursement considerations and their impact on day-to-day operations, corporate compliance and governance, and transactions. Ms. Scielzo regularly advises clients on designing and implementing corporate compliance programs and assessing compliance program effectiveness. She is also experienced in conducting a broad range of health care industry transactions (such as mergers and acquisitions and private equity) with particular emphasis on hospital-physician business arrangements, including joint ventures, physician recruitment and physician practice acquisitions/ divestitures. She represents a myriad of health care providers and companies, including hospitals and health systems, physicians and physician organizations, academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, ancillary service providers and other related entities.

    A leader in the health law academic community, Ms. Scielzo has assisted several law schools with the development of health law curricula for their JD and LLM programs. She teaches a wide range of courses on the subject of health care fraud and abuse, compliance, governance, and mergers & acquisitions at various law schools, including American University Washington College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.

    Prior to attending law school, Ms. Scielzo worked as a health care strategy analyst at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. and coauthored articles published in distinguished clinical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and Critical Care Medicine.

    Ms. Scielzo is an active leader and member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), having served for many years as a member of the Planning Committee for the annual AHLA Fundamentals of Health Law Conference. She currently serves as the Chair of that Committee. She also has the privilege of serving on the AHLA Nominating Committee for the upcoming 2014-2015 year. She is a frequent speaker and author in the field of health law.

    Affiliations

    American Health Lawyers Association; DC Bar Association

    Representative Speaking Engagements

    • “Handling Job Transitions for the Young Professional: When and Why Is It Best to Make Your Move?” Brown Bag Webinar, American Health Lawyers Association, Moderator, January 29, 2014.
    • “Nuts and Bolts of a Hospital/Health System Affiliation Transaction,” American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, November 5, 2013.
    • “Nuts and Bolts of a Hospital/Health System Affiliation Transaction,” American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, October 30, 2012.
    • “Corporate Compliance and Corporate Governance”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, November 14, 2011.
    • “Nuts and Bolts of a Hospital/Health System Affiliation Transaction”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, November 15, 2011.
    • “Anatomy of a Hospital/Health System Affiliation”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, October 24-26, 2010.
    • “Corporate Compliance and Corporate Governance”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, October 24-26, 2010.
    • “The Intersection of Compliance and Governance: Overcoming the Challenges,” American Health Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA; June 27-30, 2010.
    • “Corporate Compliance and Corporate Governance”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, November 2-4, 2009.
    • “The Stark Reality: Compliance from a Practical Perspective”, Health Care Compliance Association, Teleconference, May 5, 2009.
    • “Corporate Compliance and Corporate Governance”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, November 9-11, 2008.
    • “Anatomy of a Health System Affiliation”, American Health Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Health Law, Chicago, IL, November 9-11, 2008.
    • “Stark Law Update”, 12th Annual Health Care Compliance Forum: Diversified Risks, Organized Opposition and Coordinated Responses, Phoenix, AZ, October 22-24, 2008.
    • “Compliance A-Z: Developing, Implementing, and Monitoring an Effective Compliance Program”, American Health Lawyers Association, Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute, Orlando, FL, February 14- 15, 2008.
    • “Stark Phase III/2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Update,” 11th Annual Health Care Compliance Forum: New Theories, New Resources and New Obligations, Phoenix, AZ, October 24-26, 2007.
    • “Key Lessons in Accomplishing a Successful Hospital or Health System Merger,” American Health Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL; June 23-25, 2007.
    • “Joint Ventures and Specialty Hospitals,” 10th Annual Health Care Compliance Forum: A Decade of Compliance, Evolution and Enforcement, Phoenix, AZ, October 25-27, 2006.
    • "The Future of Physician-Hospital Relations: Competitors or Collaborators?," American Health Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA; June, 2005.
    • "Hospitals and Physicians as Competitors: Specialty Hospitals, The Stark Law Moratorium and Strategic Responses," Cleveland Bar Association Health Law Institute; Cleveland, OH; April, 29, 2005.
    • "Specialty Hospitals, The Stark Law Moratorium and Strategic Responses,” 8th Annual Health Care Compliance Forum: Charges, Challenges & Changing Priorities, Phoenix, AZ, October 20-22, 2004.


    Health Law Publications

    Scielzo, Asha and Tonn, Keri, “Medicaid Integrity Enforcement Initiatives: New York State Issues its Second Work Plan”, Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Today, Volume 11, Number 7, July 2009.

    Scielzo, Asha B., Griffith, Gerald M., and O’Shea, Heather M., “Illinois Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Diagnostic Centers in Connection with Alleged Violations of Illinois Anti-Kickback, False Claims, and Consumer Fraud Laws”, Jones Day Commentary, March 2009.

    Scielzo, Asha B., Kapp, Jeffrey L., and Lyles, Kevin D., “Stimulus Bill Substantially Revises HIPAA's Privacy and Security Rules”, Jones Day Commentary, February 2009. **Winner of Mondaq Content Award – Most Popular Article in United States, March 2009.

    Scielzo, Asha B., Jackson, Travis F., Dutton, Thomas E. and Griffith, Gerald M., “Navigating the Stark Law’s Changing Landscape: Implications for Transactions”, American Health Lawyers Association, Business Law and Governance Practice Group Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2008.

    Scielzo, Asha B., O’Shea, Heather M. and Singer, Toby G., “The EMTALA Community Call Plan and Implications for On-Call Requirements”, American Health Lawyers Association, Hospitals and Health Systems Rx Newsletter, Volume 10, Issue 3, December 2008.

    Scielzo, Asha B. “OIG 2008 Work Plan: Implications for Hospitals,” Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Today, Volume 10, Number 1, January 2008.

    Scielzo, Asha B., Sheeder, Frank E., Singh, Ritu K., Russano, Jennifer M., Young, Nolan S., Dietz, Catherine M., “Summary of State Civil False Claims Laws.” The Health Care Compliance Professional’s Manual, September 2007.

    Scielzo, Asha B., Griffith, Gerry M., Jackson, Travis F. “Gifts and Incidental Benefits to Medical Staff Physicians,” American Health Lawyers Association, Hospitals and Health Systems Rx, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2007.

    Scielzo, Asha B. “OIG 2007 Work Plan: Implications for Physicians,” Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Today, Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2007.

    Clinical Publications

    Jackson EV, Wiese J, Sigal B, Miller J, Bernstein W, Kassel D, Aduen J, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Kerzner R, Davison L, Miller C and Chernow B. Effects of crystalloid solution on circulating lactate concentrations: Part I; implications for the proper handling of blood specimens obtained from critically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine 1997; 25 (11): 1840.

    Aduen J, Bernstein W, Miller, J, Kerzner R, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Davison L and Chernow B: Relationship between blood lactate concentrations and ionized calcium, glucose, and acid-based status in critically ill and noncritically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine 1995; 23 (2): 246.

    Aduen J, Bernstein WK, Khastgir T, Miller J, Kerzner R, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Lustgarten J, Bassin A, Davison L and Chernow B: The use and clinical importance of an ion-selective electrode for rapid determination of blood lactate concentrations: a multiexperimental study. Journal of the American Medical Association 1994; 272 (21): 1678.


    Aduen J, Goldsmith W, Khastgir T, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Kerzner R, Lustgarten J, Stacey J and Chernow B: A prospective, controlled study to determine the specificity of blood lactate values in acutely ill patients. Critical Care Medicine 1993; 21(4): S218.

    Bernstein WK, Aduen J, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Kerzner R, Davison L, Miller C and Chernow B: Simultaneous arterial and venous lactate determinations in critically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine 1993; 22: A227.

    Aduen J, Goldsmith W, Khastgir T, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Kerzner R, Lustgarten J, Stacey J and Chernow B: The use of a critical blood lactate value in acutely ill patients: a prospective, controlled study. Medicina Intensiva 1993; 17 (1): S121.

    Aduen J, Goldsmith W, (Scielzo) Bhatiani A, Kerzner R, Stacey J and Chernow B: A determination of the specificity of blood lactate levels in hypotensive and cardiac arrest patients: a prospective study. Medicina Intensiva 1993; 17(1): S121.

    Admissions
    District of Columbia
    State of Georgia (inactive)
    State of Ohio (inactive)
    Education
    J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
    cum laude
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1995

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