Tracy Field brings the experience of her work as a provider to her practice as a health industry attorney. With a background in clinical genetics and endocrinology, Tracy is conversant with the challenges and opportunities facing her clients. Her work is centered on advising healthcare and life sciences companies on the myriad regulatory and operational issues they face every day. Her background and knowledge of the industry enable her to provide strategic, actionable advice to her clients.
A former chief compliance officer for a large health system, Tracy is familiar with the regulatory and reimbursement challenges her clients face. She regularly advises healthcare providers on a wide range of compliance matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, creation and oversight of compliance programs, OIG and government investigations, and HIPAA and HiTech issues. Tracy also works with providers and life sciences clients on matters for clinical research trials, including dealing with conflict of interest issues.
Tracy is fiercely committed to ensuring that her clients get the best possible guidance in running their operations ethically, efficiently, and in compliance with the law. Her life sciences background and work as an industry executive offers her clients a unique and highly valuable perspective. She is able to bridge the business and legal issues facing today’s healthcare companies. Tracy is a frequent national presenter and thought leader on issues facing the healthcare industry.
Represented providers (hospitals, physicians, home health agencies, hospice and skilled nursing facilities) in Medicare contractor audits and appeals for more than 20 years. Experience in successfully reversing statistical extrapolations.
Advised multiple providers regarding regulatory matters, including compliance issues, investigations and voluntary refunds.
Advise leading health information exchange regarding regulatory and operational issues, including HIPAA Privacy and Security compliance.
Successfully secured multi-million dollar reimbursements for providers for newly approved drug.
Successfully overturned Medicaid reimbursement, resulting in a moratorium on reviews of inpatient admissions by the state recovery auditor.
Represented large healthcare system in arbitration of Medicare Advantage disputes as well as renegotiated participation contracts to include more favorable terms for the provider.
Conducted regional and national training programs for covered entities, business associates and other clients regarding HIPAA Privacy and Security Standards. Regularly advise clients regarding breaches, privacy audits and investigations by the Office of Civil Rights.
Provide due diligence compliance and regulatory support to healthcare lending clients.
Prepared policies and conducted training for covered entities across the country to comply with HIPAA Privacy Rule.
Advised hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, health plans and other covered entities regarding compliance issues for more than 20 years.
Counseled Business Associates and entities working with regulated providers on HIPAA Privacy, Transactions and Security Standards as well as HITECH implementation.
Performed investigations and analysis of potential breaches of confidential information to advise regulated entities.
Represented a medical center in connection with significant identity theft data breach caused by an employee of an outside vendor. We assisted the client with the internal investigation and coordination with cyber insurance carrier and its counsel with respect to reporting credit monitoring and indemnification.
Assist clients in connection with acquisitions and other related transactions with respect to due diligence related to HIPAA and other privacy and data security issues.
Represent the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), a non-profit that gives healthcare providers and stakeholders across Georgia the ability to access patient information directly from their electronic health record systems. This allows providers to access critical patient information at the point of care. GaHIN is a state-designated entity for health information exchange in Georgia and is recognized nationally as a leading innovator by the Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology (ONC). We advise the client on privacy, regulatory and other operational matters
Presenter: "Random" is Not Necessarily "Valid": Managing and Defending Against Statistics in Audits and FCA Claims, HCCA 21st Annual Compliance Institute, March 27, 2017.
Presenter: Emerging Issues / Hot Topics Panel, HCCA Charlotte Regional Conference, March 17, 2017.
Presenter: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 60-Day Overpayment Rule, State Bar of Georgia Annual Advanced Health Care Law Seminar, September 30, 2016.
Presenter: Update on Reimbursement, Regulatory and False Claims Act Issues: The 'All You can Eat Buffet' for Compliance Officers, Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) 9th Annual Compliance Officers Retreat, September 7, 2016.
Presenter: Update on Recent Audits by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, North Carolina Healthcare Financial Management Association Summer Institute, September 1, 2016.
Presenter: Heads or Tails? What You can Do to Challenge the Government's Use of Statistics in Hospital Audits, Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), June 30, 2016.
Presenter: Update on False Claims Act Cases and Government Audit Activities, THA 2015 Fall Compliance Conference, September 11, 2015.
Presenter: Internal Investigations and Government Audits, GHA 8th Annual Compliance Officers Retreat, September 9, 2015.
Presenter: Preferred Provider Agreements: Managing Hospital Relationships in Post-Acute Settings, THA's Home Care Alliance Group, August 13, 2015.
Presenter: Hot Topics on Case Law and Current Investigations, Florida Hospital Association's 12th Annual Health Care Corporate Compliance Education Retreat, June 18-19, 2015.
Presenter: Scope of Practice Issues in Georgia, GHA Compliance Officers Roundtable, May 8, 2015.
Presenter: Hot Topics in Healthcare Qui Tam Cases, QUI Tam, SEC, CFTC and IRS Whistleblower Claims Update, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Georgia, March 18, 2015.
Presenter: Healthcare Reimbursement, Fundamentals of Healthcare Law seminar presented by ICLE, Georgia, March 13, 2015.