When health care providers and organizations seek to engage in telehealth or telemedicine, Francesca provides them with a clear picture of the potential regulatory and compliance impacts. Whether advising clients on compliance with state and federal telehealth laws, including scope of practice, licensure, online prescribing, reimbursement and coverage, and privacy and security, or assisting clients in establishing regional and national telemedicine networks, Francesca tailors solutions to her clients’ risk tolerance.
Francesca’s practice also focuses on federal and state fraud and abuse issues, such as anti-kickback, self-referral, false claims, and regulatory compliance arising under Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party reimbursement programs. She regularly defends a variety of health care organizations undergoing government investigations, inquiries, audits, and False Claims Act qui tam actions. Clients also rely on Francesca for advice on reviewing and implementing health care compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, and preparing voluntary self-disclosures. Additionally, Francesca guides clients through provider enrollment and participation, licensure issues, and coverage and reimbursement of new technologies.
Francesca is a co-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. In March 2020, in response to COVID-19, Francesca co-authored an update for the app, on regulatory efforts to expand access to telehealth.
During law school, Francesca was the Executive Editor of the Administrative Law Review and received academic excellence awards for Health Law and Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Russell F. Canan at the D.C. Superior Court and as a legal intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Before attending law school, Francesca was an analyst for three years in the DC office of a health care-focused strategic advisory and financial services firm. She previously served as a congressional intern for Representative Todd Platts of Pennsylvania.