Alston & Bird has expanded its health care regulatory and legislative capabilities with the addition of Jacqueline “Jackie” Baratian as partner in its Washington, DC, office.
A former counsel with Alston & Bird, she returns to the firm from Aetna, where she was vice president and chief Medicaid compliance officer responsible for overseeing the company’s Medicaid compliance program nationwide.
“We are excited that Jackie has rejoined the firm,” said Jennifer Butler, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of its Health Care Group. “Jackie is a gifted lawyer with outstanding credentials, and she will be a key resource for our clients as the industry faces a number of regulatory and legislative challenges this year, including coverage expansion, Medicare payment reforms and anticipated congressional actions on a range of industry sectors, including provider organizations, health insurers and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.”
In a career that spans almost 20 years in the private and public sector, Baratian brings significant experience in health care regulation and litigation, with an emphasis on fraud and abuse, corporate compliance and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. In addition to her tenure at Aetna, she was chief compliance officer for Maxim Healthcare Services, where she oversaw the implementation and the day-to-day operations of the company’s compliance program across 41 states.
Baratian also has considerable federal government experience, having served as senior counsel in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she represented the OIG in cases brought under the federal False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and Physician Self-Referral Law (“Stark Law”). She also negotiated settlements in civil monetary penalty cases and handled matters pertaining to the OIG’s authority to exclude individuals and entities from participating in federal health care programs. In addition, she worked with U.S. Attorney’s offices around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2006, Baratian received the OIG “Exceptional Achievement Award.”
“Under the Affordable Care Act, the health care industry is facing an unprecedented torrent of government rules and regulations,” said Dennis Garris, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Washington office. “Jackie will play a key role helping our clients anticipate and navigate these headwinds as they reassess how best to serve and succeed in the market.”
Baratian is the third new hire for the firm’s Washington office since the start of the year. She joins Ted Schroeder, who came aboard in January as counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, and Tom Feddo, who arrived February 1 as a partner in the International Trade & Regulatory Group. Their additions continue the office’s strong growth that last year saw the arrivals of former Justice Department antitrust official John Snyder and Daniel Jarcho, who represents clients in federal trial court and appellate litigation involving FDA and other federal regulatory issues.