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Christine M. Clements

Partner
Washington, DC
F: +1.202.747.3924

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Education

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
  • B.A., George Washington University
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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Overview

Christine M. Clements is a partner in the Healthcare Team in the firm's Washington, D.C. office with over 25 years of experience on managed care law issues. Ms. Clements focuses her practice on federal healthcare government contract programs, including the Medicare Advantage Program, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and Medicaid managed care. Ms. Clements advises clients on the issues most important to them, including contract applications and service area expansions; responses to requests for proposals; rate development and bidding; medical loss ratio and other financial and reporting requirements; risk adjustment; Star ratings; sales and marketing strategies and compliance; benefit design; employer/union group offerings; provider and vendor contracting and payment; internal audits; fraud and abuse including the discount, managed care, and group purchasing organizations safe harbors; and compliance programs. Ms. Clements advises health plan clients undergoing government audits and investigations. She also represents clients in administrative appeals including appeals of Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services application denials, assessments of civil money penalties, and Star rating/quality bonus payment determinations.

Ms. Clements counsels health plan and other clients on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security issues. She advises clients on permitted uses and disclosures under HIPAA and security breaches, negotiates business associate and limited data set agreements, and assists clients with other HIPAA compliance issues.

Ms. Clements advises clients on state law requirements including insurance and HMO licensure requirement, net worth and other financial requirements, market conduct and other audits, state mandates and extraterritoriality requirements.

Ms. Clements also advises healthcare industry clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, value-based contracting matters, and other strategic planning issues.  

Previously Ms. Clements served as chief Medicare counsel at Aetna Inc., where she was responsible for the company's Consumer Segment. As chief Medicare counsel, Ms. Clements was the lead attorney for the company's Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit businesses, Medicare Supplement products, and other retiree plans.

Ms. Clements has written and presented on the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit programs, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, value-based contracting arrangements, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, among other topics. 

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Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Presented "CMS’ Medicare Advantage Overpayment Rule Takes a Permanent Vacation: What’s Next for Payors and Providers Alike," Sheppard Mullin Healthcare Webinar, October 16, 2018
  • Presented "Medicare Part C and Part D Quality Star Ratings: What Plan Lawyers Should Know and Care About," Blue Cross Blue Shield National Summit, Orlando, FL, May 1-4, 2018

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association