Katea M. Ravega, Partner

Biography

Katea Ravega is the Indianapolis Office Chair of Quarles & Brady's Health & Life Sciences practice group. Katea is a health care lawyer who focuses on technology, innovative business models, regulatory compliance, and contracting. Prior to joining the firm, she served as Chief Compliance Officer and in-house counsel with a health care technology start-up and pharmacy.

Representative Experience

Health Care Business Innovation

  • Advising companies in developing innovative models for their businesses, including partnership arrangements ranging across hubs, mobile apps, PACE programs, white label pharmacy, shared services, telehealth, and telepharmacy

Health Care Technology

  • Significant in-house counsel experience at a health care technology start-up and pharmacy
  • Automation and technology implementation, including regulating use of robots, multi-dose dispensing, and compliance packaging in pharmacies and other health care settings such as telemedicine and medication management
  • Advising app developers in health care regulatory requirements, partnership development, and data privacy and security

Regulatory Compliance

  • Developing health care compliance programs and resolving compliance program issues
  • Advising clients in the development, labeling, and packaging of vitamin and supplements business
  • Obtaining regulatory approvals or waivers for novel business initiatives
  • Advising clients regarding compliance with Medicaid and Medicare programs, including credentialing, audits, compliance program objectives, and CMS marketing guidelines
  • Advising regarding compliance with federal Stark and federal and state Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act statutes and regulations
  • Drafting health care-related policies and procedures

Data Privacy & Security

  • Aiding in development of health care marketing programs
  • Drafting policies and procedures related to data privacy and security
  • Advising clients on compliance with health privacy and security laws, including HIPAA and state privacy laws

Health Care Transactions

  • Due diligence for transactions involving the sale or purchase or investment in regulated health care businesses
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to the purchase of, sale of, or investment in health care entities or lines of business, including agreements such as:
    • Wholesaler
    • Distribution
    • Business associate
    • Services and partnerships
    • GPO purchasing
    • Vendor packaging and credentialing
    • Marketing
    • Cloud storage
    • PBM
    • Network participation
    • Discount medical plan organization

Credentialing

  • Advising on health care provider and facility licensing, including change of ownership, credentialing, and disciplinary notification requirements
  • Advising clients on accreditation efforts and requirements, including HITRUST certification
  • Representing physicians in matters involving ambulatory surgery centers and other facilities

Health Care Marketing

  • Aiding in development of digital marketing campaigns intersecting with HIPAA and Anti-kickback laws
  • Drafting policies and procedures related to Medicare marketing guidelines

Inspections, Audits, Investigations

  • Representing health care providers before professional licensing boards
  • Assisting with inspections, audits, and investigations, including government agency and PBM inquiries
  • Training pharmacy teams to improve preparedness for and response to audits and inspections

Pharmacy Operations

  • Counseling central fill, specialty, wholesale, PBM, retail, long-term care, mail order, and other types of pharmacy operations, including drug and supplement manufacturers, on regulatory, licensure, and compliance requirements
  • Drafting policies and procedures related to pharmacy operations
  • Representation involving medical and prescription discount cards offered by PBMs, DMPOs, and plan sponsors

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2006)
    • Georgetown University Institute for Public Representation
    • Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Executive Editor
    • Georgetown University Pro Bono Award
  • Valparaiso University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Indiana

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)
  • Health Care Compliance Association (Member)
  • Tech GCx (Member)