Danielle focuses her practice on health law, specifically, transactional matters, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Danielle gained significant experience in regulatory affairs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Penn Medicine, where she assisted with Department of Health and Joint Commission survey preparation, policy review, clinical staff education, and legal compliance work. Subsequently, she served as associate counsel for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health where she frequently negotiated a wide variety of hospital contracts and counseled hospital executives and departmental leadership on a multitude of matters involving HIPAA/HITECH, Stark and Anti-Kickback, governance, policy management, medical staff and credentialing, governmental survey preparation, and information security. She also managed multiple hospital-wide regulatory compliance projects related to governmental regulation and accrediting body standard adherence. She served as a member of the Lancaster General Hospital Institutional Review Board and regularly negotiated clinical trial sponsorship agreements on behalf of the Lancaster General Hospital Research Institute. Before her time at Penn Medicine, Danielle worked in private practice in defense litigation.
Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she served as executive editor of publications of the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law. Danielle went on to receive her master’s degree in health policy from Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health.
May 06, 2020
Greg Fliszar and Danielle Sapega were quoted in The Legal Intelligencer about their pro bono work with the Physician Support Line during the COVID-19 pandemic.
December 29, 2020
On December 28, 2020, the District Court for the Northern
District of California granted a motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from implementing the Most
Favored Nation Rule (the “Rule”, summarized in our December
23 post) until the notice...
December 23, 2020
On December 23, 2020, The District Court for the District of
Maryland granted a temporary restraining order temporarily ceasing the
implementation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) Most
Favored Nations Rule (the “Rule”) for fourteen (14) days. The Rule,
November 23, 2020
On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released final regulations to remove certain barriers
to the implementation of physician compensation arrangements under value-based
payment arrangements posed by the “Stark” Physician Self-Referral law. The...
November 06, 2020
On October 29, 2020, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 81 into law, creating new minimum education and certification requirements for central service technicians and surgical technicians working in the Commonwealth, and regulating the practice of surgical technology. The Act will take effect on...
June 24, 2020
As we indicated in last week’s blog post , the D.C. Circuit Court’s refusal to uphold HHS’ pharmaceutical price disclosure rule (“RX Rule”) was not a predictor of how the trial court might rule in the closely watched challenge to HHS’ hospital price transparency rule (“Hospital Rule”). In a June...
June 19, 2020
On June 16, the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) rule issued in May 2019 requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the wholesale acquisition cost of drugs over $35 in their direct-to-consumer television advertisements (“RX Rule”). Similar...
May 15, 2020
Danielle Sapega discusses the Pennsylvania attorney general's investigation into nursing homes, the Department of Health's guidance for nursing homes, and the governor's executive order granting immunity to health care workers.
April 28, 2020
On Friday, April 24th, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (“Act”) into law that will send an additional $75 billion to the Public Health Emergency and Social Services Fund (“Fund”) used to reimburse eligible health care providers for health care...
April 20, 2020
Danielle E. Sapega and Gregory M. Fliszar discuss CMS's new guidance for nursing homes when it comes to reporting confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
April 14, 2020
Danielle Sapega and Gregory M. Fliszar discuss OCR's announcement relaxing HIPAA rules in connection with the good faith participation in the operation of a COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site(s)
April 03, 2020
The CARES Act (“Act”) appropriates $100 billion to create a
Public Health Social Service Emergency Fund (“Fund”) to prevent, prepare for,
and respond to coronavirus domestically and internationally for necessary
expenses to reimburse, through grants or other mechanisms, eligible health...
March 28, 2020
Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.
March 26, 2020
Danielle E. Sapega and Gregory M. Fliszar discuss the latest guidance from OCR on when it is permissible to disclose the minimum necessary information of individuals infected with COVID-19.
March 13, 2020
Gregory M. Fliszar and Danielle Sapega discuss the HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus bulletin and what providers and covered entities need to know during a public health emergency.
December 19, 2019
In a 2-1 decision published on December 18, 2019, a 5th Circuit panel upheld the Texas District Court’s decision ruling that the ACA individual mandate tax which, since January 2019, has had no monetary consequence, is unconstitutional. Citing the Supreme Court’s 2012 NFIB v. Sebelius opinion, the...
December 03, 2019
As another mark of progress in the fight against opioid
addiction, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 572 (the “Act”) into law on
November 27, 2019, requiring prescribing providers (referred to as
“Prescribers”) to take several additional steps before issuing a prescription
for an opioid in...
November 19, 2019
finalized the Outpatient Prospective Payment System hospital price transparency
rules on November 15, 2019. As of January 1, 2021, hospitals will have to
publicly post (and update annually) two sets of data: first, a comprehensive
list of standard charges for items services offered by the...
June 24, 2019
CMS recently issued long-awaited draft guidance on hospital co-location with other hospitals or healthcare facilities, providing some potential insight on the otherwise ambiguous prohibition on “shared space.” This prohibition loosely stems from the requirement that a Medicare participating...
June 07, 2019
Governor Tom Wolf signed a multitude of bills into law that significantly
impact Pennsylvania health care providers. Compliance deadlines for these new
laws vary. Implementing any new policies or procedures often takes longer than
anticipated, so we strongly recommend taking steps to...
December 03, 2018
Danielle Sapega wrote about the rise of medical marijuana and the growing trends.
Events & Seminars
December 07, 2020
October 08, 2020
February 20, 2020
December 04, 2019
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