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Kenya Scott Woodruff

Partner
kenya.woodruff@kattenlaw.com
Dallas Office
p+1.214.765.3677
Overview

Kenya Woodruff is a partner in the firm's Health Care practice. Her practice is dedicated to health care regulatory counsel and the design and execution of related merger, acquisition and joint venture strategic partnerships. Kenya focuses on the creation and maintenance of compliant health care operations and structures for physicians, hospitals, home health and hospice providers, accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks. Her practice also includes advice on compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statutes and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.

Kenya served as deputy general counsel at the Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health & Hospital System where she was the lawyer primarily responsible for government investigations and provided legal support and consult for the hospital's daily operations. Her experience also includes being the vice president of compliance and associate general counsel for a national radiology services company.

Shown below is a selection of Kenya’s engagements.

Experience
  • While at a prior firm:
    • Representation of a national hospital system in the acquisition of a hospital system in San Antonio, Texas, including necessary licensure change of ownership applications.
    • Representation of a Texas entity in the formation and implementation of chiropractic practice management entities in Ohio, Illinois and Washington.
    • Representation of an accountable care organization with more than 350 independent physicians and an investor entity in the formation, application process and operation phases.
    • Representation of a group of physicians in the formation of a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) physician alliance designed to encourage best clinical practices and to improve the quality of care for patients in North Texas.
    • Representation of a psychiatric hospital in the negotiation of a management agreement for services rendered in the emergency department of a large public hospital system.
    • Representation of investors and operators in the formation of 5.01(a)-type nonprofit health organizations.
    • Representation of a Dallas-based physician group in negotiations with a Texas hospital district to outsource the provision of emergency medical services for county hospitals and provide graduate medical education programs for medical residents and fellows.
    • Representation of a managed care company that markets and administers health insurance in various internal investigations regarding regulatory compliance.
    • Representation of a primary care provider in the restructuring of an urgent care clinic acquisition.
    • Representation of primary care clinics in an investigation initiated by a Medicaid managed care entity.
    • Provision of routine operations counsel for the North Texas division of a national hospital system.
    • Provision of HIPAA compliance advice and training for hospitals, clinics, electronic patient population management companies and other business associates.
    • Provision of counsel and assistance with an application for payment under the Texas Uncompensated Care Program.

Recognition

Chambers USA , "Up and Coming" Lawyer for Healthcare (Texas) 2015; Healthcare (Texas) 2016–2018.

National Women's Council Top 15 Business Women

National Women's Council Top 15 Business Women, 2017

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2014–2018

Texas Diversity Council, Top Women Lawyer Award

Texas Diversity Council, Top Women Lawyer Award, 2018

Women Worth Watching, Texas Diversity Council

Women Worth Watching, Texas Diversity Council, 2016

Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers, 2014–2018

Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Healthcare Law, 2009, 2013
Articles
October 2017
Co-author, A Balancing Act: Alternative Payment Models and Physician Compensation, The Health Lawyer, Volume 30, No. 1
October 2014
Co-author, ACO Risks and Rewards: Balancing Opportunities for Innovation with Effective Compliance, Journal of Health Care Compliance
December 20, 2013
Physician-Owned Entities Still Under Federal Microscope, Law360
Presentations
July 17, 2018
The Risk of No Action vs. The Power of Inclusion | UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2018 Healthcare Diversity Summit
June 26, 2018
Value-Based Payments in a Fee-for-Service World: Compliance with Physician Payments, co-presenter | American Health Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting
May 22, 2018
CMS Final MACRA Rule – Moving From Volume to Value | LORMAN Education Services
April 5, 2018
Survival Strategies for Physician-Owned Entities | UT Health Law Conference
December 8-9, 2015
Achieve Cost and Health Outcomes by Incorporating Behavioral Health | 2015 ACO Provider Management & Network Building Summit
December 7-8, 2015
Consolidation or Coordination? FTC and DOJ Guidance on the Future of Mergers and ACOs | 13th Annual Washington Health Law Summit Conference
May 23, 2015
Reimbursement Changes Driving New Healthcare Delivery Models | AAPC Richardson Texas Chapter
May 15, 2015
Presenter | Hot Topics In Federal Health Law | American Bar Association Health Law Program
May 1, 2015
Co-presenter | New Models of Delivering Healthcare: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? | 27th Annual Health Law Conference
April 16, 2015
Medicare ACOs presentation | Affordable Care Act Symposium at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX
April 15, 2015
Top 3 Issues To Consider When Contracting With A Healthcare Entity | Tarrant County Bar Association
January 20, 2015
Medicare ACOs: Business Planning and Structural Considerations | North Texas Health Care Professionals Association
January 8, 2015
Provider/Payor/Investor Alliances Post-ACA | North Texas Health Care Professionals Association Study Group
September 11, 2014
The ACA and Its Impact on Workers’ Compensation | Blue Goose International - Texas Pond Workshop
September 4, 2014
Panelist | Healthcare Insurance and Delivery Post Affordable Care Act | State Bar of Texas, Texas Minority Counsel Program
June 26, 2014
Co-presenter | Achieving Effective Compliance Post-Affordable Care Act webinar | Physician Hospitals of America
July 30, 2013
83rd Texas Legislative Session Health Care Update webinar | Co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Health Law Section and the Texas Hospital Association
June 21, 2013
Legislative Update 2013: The Texas Legislature and Healthcare | State Bar of Texas Annual Health Law Section Meeting
June 19, 2013
Accountable Care Organizations: Structuring and Planning Considerations | Dallas Bar Association Health Law Section
April 16, 2013
How Does the Affordable Care Act Affect My Franchise Clients? | Dallas Bar Association Franchise and Distribution Law Section
January 17, 2013
Payer-Physician Alignment Strategies: Prevailing Legal, Valuation and Industry Perspectives | American Bar Association, Health Law Section
2012
Ethical Dilemmas: When Healthcare Investigations Meet Litigation | Dallas Bar Association, Health Law Section
2012
Medical Records Law in Texas: General Principles of Confidentiality, Access to Medical Records and HB 300 | Lorman Education Services
July 10, 2012
Supreme Court Decision: Are We Ready for What's Next? | Health Industry Council of the North Texas Region
September 29, 2011
Health Law Careers Symposium | Health Law Association, Dedman School of Law
2011
The Current State of Health Reform | Dallas Bar Association
Kenya Scott Woodruff

Education

  • JD, Duke University School of Law
  • BA, Emory University
  • Associate's Certificate, Contract Management, George Washington University

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Western District of Texas

Recognition

Chambers USA
"Up and Coming" Lawyer for Healthcare (Texas) 2015; Healthcare (Texas) 2016–2018.

National Women's Council Top 15 Business Women

2017

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas

2014–2018

Texas Diversity Council, Top Women Lawyer Award

2018

Women Worth Watching, Texas Diversity Council

2016

Texas Super Lawyers

2014–2018

Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Healthcare Law, 2009, 2013
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Memberships

  • Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Public Member; appointed by Governor for two six-year terms
  • American Bar Association, Vice Chair Business and Transactions Interest Group
  • The Health Industry Council Foundation, Board Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Dallas Bar Association, Law in the Schools Committee, past Co-Vice Chair and Co-Chair; Health Law Section, past Secretary, past Treasurer, past Vice Chair, past Chair; Business Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • JL Turner Legal Association Corporate Counsel Section, past Co-Chair; DBWA Section, past Co-Chair
  • Prism Health North Texas, Board Member
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