About Kenya S. Woodruff

Kenya S. Woodruff works with hospitals, physicians and other health care providers looking to improve the performance of their clinical operations and ensure regulatory compliance. She also helps those organizations merge and expand, whether through joint ventures, mergers or acquisitions or other collaborations.

A business perspective on health care operations

Due to her prior experience as deputy general counsel at the Parkland Health & Hospital System and as a privacy officer for a publicly traded radiology company, Kenya approaches operational issues from the client’s perspective, taking into account both technical issues and practical concerns. She structures arrangements that will be both clinically and financially beneficial to her client, while giving keen attention to regulatory compliance.

"One client says: 'She projects strength as well as kindness and is successful in her projects.' Another adds: 'She is very knowledgeable and experienced.'"

Chambers USA 2019
(Texas, Healthcare) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Creating compliant operating structures for health care providers
  • Health care regulation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and fraud and abuse laws
  • White-collar defense

Representative Experience

  • Represented national chiropractic entity in analyzing, forming and implementing chiropractic practice management, clinical and telehealth services in all 50 states.
  • Provide day-to-day regulatory and compliance counseling to a hospital district, including advising on governmental entity and regulatory requirements such as the public information act, government procurement and governmental contracting; and review policies and procedures related to ACGME, EMTALA, ADA, CMS Conditions of Participation and clinical trial compliance in preparation for upcoming surveys.
  • Provided counsel to a national COVID testing company under contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services that coordinates laboratory testing at retail pharmacies and various community sites regarding navigating health care operational and privacy issues unique to the provision of health care in a mobile environment.
  • Provide counsel to various provider types regarding various healthcare regulatory and operational matters including, patient privacy, end-of-life, peer review, guardianship and compliance with CMS Conditions of Participation, Joint Commission standards and other accreditation standards.
  • Represented hospital districts, universities, private hospital systems and investors in forming 5.01(a)-type nonprofit health organizations and creating provider networks using them.
  • Provided HIPAA compliance advice and training for hospitals, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, electronic patient population management companies, and other health care providers and business associates.
  • Represented MSSP accountable care organization with more than 350 independent physicians and an investor entity in the formation, application process and operational phase of ACO and related contracting; counseled ACO on contracting with Medicare Advantage plans and multiple joint venture partners. *
  • Represented Dallas-based physician group in negotiations with a Texas hospital district and a large regional private hospital system to outsource the provision of emergency medical services for county hospitals and provide graduate medical education programs for medical residents and fellows. *
  • Represented a subcontractor that provided onsite medical testing and screening services under an employer-sponsored wellness plan in electronic breach response and in subsequent investigation by the OCR. The investigation resulted in no fine being levied by OCR against the subcontractor. *
* Experience prior to Katten

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