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Kristi VanderLaan Kung

Washington, DC
T: 202.747.2671
F: 202.747.3888



  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2008
  • B.S., Michigan State University, 2005
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
Thought Leadership

Kristi Kung is counsel in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Washington D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Kristi Kung represents healthcare industry clients in a range of regulatory, compliance, and transactional healthcare matters including: fraud and abuse counseling (Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and False Claims Act issues), health regulatory compliance counseling, billing and reimbursement matters, health information privacy and security compliance, and licensing and accreditation of healthcare providers and suppliers. She further advises on the health regulatory requirements and risks related to mergers/acquisitions/sales, insolvency and restructuring, private equity investment and healthcare lending transactions. She also counsels health care clients on issues relating to the 340B Discount Pricing Program and has defended clients in disclosures to and investigations by HRSA and drug manufacturers.

Ms. Kung's portfolio includes the evolving area of telemedicine, mobile health and the use of big data, with an emphasis on federal and state regulatory compliance. Ms. Kung frequently advises telehealth companies and mobile health app developers on matters related to licensing, credentialing, reimbursement, corporate practice, privacy and security, fraud and abuse, and FDA oversight, among other legal and compliance obstacles. She also works with hospitals seeking to expand patient access and specialty coverage through the use of e-health technologies.

Ms. Kung has a background in healthcare privacy and security, having worked for the Department of Health and Human Services – Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia during law school conducting legal research on the interaction between HIPAA and state laws and answering questions from the public and healthcare providers regarding HIPAA privacy.

Ms. Kung is an adjunct professor at American University – Washington College of Law, teaching courses in “Health Care Fraud and Abuse” and “Legal Issues in e-Health Technologies” since 2014. She also serves as a subject-matter coach for WCL’s Health Law Competition Team.


  • DC Rising Star, Health Care, Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017
  • Virginia Rising Star, Health Care Law, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2010


Co-Author, Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead, Law360 (12/20/17)

Co-Author, Disclosing 340B Program Non-Compliance and Negotiating Manufacturer Refunds – An Overview and Case Study, American Health Lawyers Association, In-House Counsel Meeting (June 2016)

Co-Author, A Lifelong Commitment: FDA Releases Postmarket Guidance on Cybersecurity Risk Management for Medical Device Manufacturers, Pillsbury Client Alert (2/10/16)

Co-Author, CMS Proposes Expansion of RAC Program to Medicare Part C, Pillsbury Client Alert (2/1/16)

Assessing the Legal Risk of Unregulated Yoga Therapy, Law360 (1/5/16)

Co-Author, Health Care Fraud and Abuse Update, Health Law Handbook, 2013, 2014, 2015 Eds.

340B Omnibus Guidance Would Significantly Narrow the Pool of Eligible Patients, Law360 (9/3/15)

Co-Author, Bipartisan Spotlight on Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Fraud Likely  to Spur Audits, Pillsbury Client Alert (6/17/15)

Co-Author, FDA Draft Guidance Would Ease Regulatory Burdens for Certain mHealth Applications, Law360 (8/1/14)

OIG Releases Special Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Federal Health Care Programs, E-Alert, AHLA Accreditation, Certification and Enrollment Affinity Group (May 8, 2013)

Impact of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Reimbursement for Health Care Services, E-Alert, AHLA Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group (January 4, 2013)

Co-Author, “Telemedicine Legal Hurdles-An Overview of Lesser Known Challenges," HIT News (November 2012)

Qui Tam Counsel Sanctioned for Breaching Ethical Rules Relating to Review of Privileged Material – E-Alert on the Frazier v. IASIS case, AHLA Healthcare Liability & Litigation Practice Group (February 2012)

CMS Issues Final Rule Updating Payment Policies Under ESRD PPS for CY 2012, E-Alert, AHLA Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group (November 7, 2011)

Legal Practice in a HITECH Environment: An Overview of the HITECH Act and its Affect on Lawyers as Business Associates, Defensively Speaking, International Society of Primerus Law Firms (February 12, 2010)

Co-Author, Health Care Law, 44 U. RICH. L. REV. 473 (2009)

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Privacy Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Hacking Health: Addressing mHealth Privacy and Security Risks, Lorman Webinar (September 2016)
  • National Association of Specialty Pharmacy – Legal Day, “Specialty Pharmacy and the 340B Program”, Washington, DC (September 2016)
  • mHealth and Telehealth World Congress – “Avoiding Fraud and Abuse Pitfalls Under Expanded Reimbursement for Telehealth Services”, Boston, MA (July 2016)
  • American Health Lawyers Association – Fraud and Compliance Forum, “Fraud and Abuse Issues in Telehealth,” Baltimore, MD (September 2015)
  • mHealth and Telehealth World Congress – "Exploring the Current State of mHealth Privacy and Security" (July 2015)
  • American University – Washington College of Law – “mHealth and Telehealth – Privacy and Security Issues” (April 2015)
  • mHealth Applications Legal Issues Breakfast Series (March 2015)
  • Pillsbury VA CLE Marathon – “Navigating the Minefields in Mobile Health” (September 2014)
  • Medical College of Virginia, Pharmacy Residency Program (March 2011; April 2010; March 2009)
  • Federal and Virginia laws relating to pharmacy and prescribing; the Virginia State Board of Pharmacy structure, investigation and hearing procedures; risk management and documentation for preventing litigation
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital; “Electronic Health Records in Litigation,” (September 2010)
  • American Bar Association National Teleconference; “Moving Beyond HIPAA: Future Trends in Litigation in This New Electronic Age,” (January 2010)
  • American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division; Fall Conference; "Patients and Practitioners Beware: Mandatory Electronic (Medical) Records and What You Need to Know," (October 2009)
  • Lorman Education Services (Moderator and Speaker); “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, HITECH provisions, Electronic Medical Records and Health Information Exchanges, and the E-Discovery of Electronic Medical Records in Litigation,” (July 2009)
  • Lorman Education Services; “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Virginia Medical Records Law,” (October 2008)


  • American Health Lawyers Association - Fraud and Abuse Practice Group, Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group, and Healthcare Liability and Litigation Practice Group
  • American Telemedicine Association
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association