Valerie Montague represents a variety of health care providers, digital health companies, senior living facilities, nonprofit trade associations, life sciences companies and vendors of health care providers. Valerie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), the preeminent credential in the field of privacy.
I focus my practice on three main areas.
I assist health care providers and business associates of all types to comply with the requirements of HIPAA and the HITECH Act, from the development of policies and workforce training to analysis and notification of breaches to guidance through Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigations. I also advise vendors initiating arrangements with health care entities on whether their business triggers HIPAA.
Beyond HIPAA, I counsel health care providers on compliance with other federal and state health information confidentiality requirements, as well as cybersecurity best practices.
I advise hospital systems, skilled nursing facilities, physician practices and other health care providers on compliance with the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, as well as state laws prohibiting self-referrals and fraud and abuse. In Illinois, I work with facilities to navigate Certificate of Need (CON), corporate practice of medicine, telehealth and licensure requirements.
I work with tax-exempt entities in all industries to obtain and maintain federal income tax-exempt status, including group exemptions and reinstatement of tax-exempt status. I advise tax-exempt entities on structure and governance issues as they expand their service lines, create new entities and enter into transactions with third parties, including joint ventures and the creation of for-profit subsidiaries. I also assist tax-exempt hospitals with compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state law requirements governing financial assistance and community benefit activities.
As more digital health vendors enter the marketplace in response to patient demand for more convenient and accessible care, both vendors and the providers using these tools will face ever increasing regulatory requirements encompassing everything from privacy and security to licensing to FDA compliance.
Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement | June 01, 2019
This article quotes Chicago Health Care partner Valerie Breslin Montague discussing a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy, taking effect in July, that could complicate the billing and reimbursement process for health care providers.
Legaltech News | November 08, 2018
Chicago Health Care partner Valerie Montague is quoted in this article on which party can expect to be found liable for a Chicago Public Schools data breach allegedly triggered by the actions of the third-party vendor’s former employee.
Bloomberg Law | September 17, 2018
In this article about doctor-patient audio-video recordings, Chicago Health Care partner Valerie Breslin Montague is quoted throughout for her outlook on multiparty consent among different states, policy development, and protecting the privacy of a patient’s health information.
Modern Healthcare | February 14, 2018
Chicago health care partner Valerie Montague is quoted in this article on the possible impact of the proposed budget cuts to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the federal agency in charge of implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cares Act.
Modern Healthcare | December 31, 2017
In this round-up of health care industry predictions for 2018, Chicago health care partner Valerie Montague provides an outlook on the future of cybersecurity in health care.
Modern Healthcare | October 02, 2017
Chicago health care partner Valerie Montague is quoted in this article discussing how the proposed cuts to the 340B drug discount program may impact health systems.
Report on Patient Privacy | September 30, 2017
Chicago health care partner Valerie Breslin Montague is quoted in this article about how hospitals and clinics are using digital voice assistants.
Modern Healthcare | September 21, 2017
Chicago health care partner Valerie Breslin Montague is quoted in this article about the lawsuit filed by Agnesian Healthcare against Cerner regarding a botched rollout of a revenue cycle management system.
Law360 | August 24, 2017
Chicago health care partner Valerie Montague is quoted in this article about how Aetna Inc.’s mailed letters to policy holders regarding prescriptions for HIV drugs violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Modern Healthcare | August 21, 2017
Chicago health care partner Valerie Breslin Montague is quoted in this article about how many not-for-profit health care providers are joining larger health care systems as a result of rising costs to operate as independent hospitals.
Modern Healthcare | July 30, 2017
Chicago health care partner Valerie Montague provides third-party commentary in this article about the potential for Alexa and other voice assistants to be used as a health care tool. Valerie speaks to what needs to happen for these devices to become compliant under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Law360 | January 16, 2017
This article recaps HIPAA stats and highlights from the past year. Chicago health care partner Valerie Montague is quoted throughout discussing privacy breaches and how health care organizations react.
Health Care Alert | 08.19.19
NP Privacy Partner | 07.19.19
Health Care Alert | 06.13.19
NP Privacy Partner | 05.23.19
NP Privacy Partner | 04.25.19
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NP Privacy Partner | 03.28.19
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Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Marquette University, Honors B.A., cum laude
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Valerie was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Health Care Law.
Valerie has been named a Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 for Healthcare (Illinois). She was also recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2016 editorial for Health Care—Service Providers.