Dawn Perez-Slavinski


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Dawn Perez-Slavinski advises a full range of healthcare clients on complex regulatory issues arising in the context of day-to-day operations, transactions, and internal investigations.

Using her insight gained at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (HHS-OGC), Dawn offers practical advice to clients seeking to assess and mitigate potential legal risks under federal and state law.  Her practice involves:

  • Managed Care – Identifying and offering strategies to effectively navigate legal issues in the federal healthcare program and commercial payor contexts, including those related to downstream contracting, fraud and abuse, sales and marketing, and licensure.
  • Alternative Payment Models (APMs) – Counseling clients on the development and operation of, and participation in, Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payor APMs.
  • Contracting – Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, including for health plans, healthcare providers and suppliers, technology companies and accountable care organizations.
  • Compliance & Operational – Identifying, evaluating and mitigating legal risks that arise in day-to-day operations and as part of strategic goals.
  • Healthcare Transactions – Analyzing buy-side and sell-side deals for compliance with healthcare laws and potential operational impact.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Dawn was a program integrity attorney in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division of HHS-OGC. In this capacity, she counseled CMS’s Innovation Center on how to create financial protections and flexibilities for various APMs, including waivers of federal fraud and abuse laws. In addition, Dawn helped CMS evaluate disclosures made under the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol; review the legality of CMS regulations and guidance; create safeguards to protect the financial integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs; and respond to identified program fraud, waste, and abuse. Dawn also provided critical support to the HHS Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice, and represented CMS, in False Claims Act investigations and litigation, including certain cases involving managed Medicare and Medicaid plans.

Prior to her experience at HHS-OGC, Dawn was an associate in the healthcare and corporate practice groups of a Virginia-based law firm. In this role, Dawn focused on provider network contracting and credentialing issues, administrative appeals of Medicare and Medicaid overpayment determinations, HIPAA, and licensure issues.


American Health Law Association (AHLA) — Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group Leadership Development Program (2019-2020)

Virginia State Bar