Bailey Wendzel brings a client-focused approach and analytical mindset to assist clients across a diverse range of matters including behavioral health, fraud and abuse, health care regulatory compliance, telehealth, and government investigations and litigation matters.
Clients turn to Bailey for her creative and practical approach to managing liabilities, resolving disputes, and providing solutions to regulatory and compliance challenges. She assists a broad range of clients including health insurers, telehealth providers, healthcare startups, providers and provider groups, hospitals and health systems, life science companies, and more.
Bailey’s practice and experience includes:
- Successfully guiding clients and providing regulatory advice on a wide range of matters, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and state law regarding various licensure requirements.
- Defending health care and life sciences companies in litigation as well as in connection with federal and state government investigations relating to health care fraud and abuse
- Counseling telehealth and telemedicine companies, and other health care providers and organizations engaging or seeking to engage in telehealth and telemedicine, regarding various legal and regulatory considerations
- Advising clients on unique behavioral health regulatory matters including compliance related to the requirements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (federal Parity law)
Bailey is a contributing author of Epstein Becker Green’s Telemental Health Laws app, a comprehensive survey of state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies for mental and behavioral health practitioners and stakeholders across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Her unique background working for a behavioral health organization combined with her in-depth knowledge of health care organization operations makes her exceptionally qualified to navigate clients through the complexities of the health care regulatory landscape at the state and federal level. Before embarking on a legal career, Bailey was a Program Director of the San Francisco branch of a national mental health organization, where, among other things, she directed and managed evidence-based education programs supporting individuals with mental health conditions (and their families) and managed city contracts with the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Behavioral Health Services. She also launched an innovative psychiatric post-hospitalization program with San Francisco hospitals, which was recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Bailey served in various research roles, including as a Neuropsychological Activities Leader for Alzheimer’s Services Research at an adult health care facility in Southern California; a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine; a Neuropsychological Assessment Intern researching Alzheimer’s disease at a memory care provider in Southern California; and an OCD/Anxiety Researcher at a nonprofit psychiatric hospital in Rhode Island.
Bailey received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (“Georgetown”), where she was an Editor of the “Annual Survey of White Collar Crime” for the American Criminal Law Review Journal and a Public Interest Fellow. She was recognized by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers for her work as a student attorney in the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown. During law school, Bailey served as a Law Clerk for both the Mental Health Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
Bailey graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.