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Nov. 9, 2022

Introducing the Women of NM: Transactions

Featuring: Hannah Cross

Hannah focuses her practice in the area of healthcare law and has experience advising and counseling hospital systems, physician practice groups, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers. Her practice concentrates on regulatory compliance, with emphasis on the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement/billing compliance, compliance program guidance, and internal investigations. Hannah is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association (SCCE/HCCA). This national accreditation reflects a professional level of competence and experience in compliance processes used in assisting healthcare business organizations to understand and address legal obligations and promote organizational governance and integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs.

Why Health Law?

I was eager to practice in an area I felt would make a meaningful difference to communities. I entered law school with the plan to take advantage of my school’s very strong health law program. That program allowed me to get an in-depth understanding of the breadth of the field and make my career selection. My health law practice at Nelson Mullins is broad and affords me the opportunity to solve interesting and complex questions for a variety of health care providers and entities – making each day feel rewarding. The stakes are very high for our clients, and our clients are very important to the health and welfare of communities throughout the country. That’s very meaningful to me.

What are some of the traits that you admire the most amongst your peers?

Among their most admirable traits, I admire their commitment to the field and the collegial way in which they approach their work. My practice depends on working with a team of colleagues who share a common vision of consummate service. Our Nelson Mullins healthcare practice is truly unified both inside and outside the office, making work a rewarding experience.

What is one piece of advice you would give to individuals who want to get into this industry?

I would advise anyone contemplating a health law career to carefully evaluate whether their interest in this field is a true passion of theirs. Health law presents challenges across a wide range of litigation, regulatory, and administrative areas. These complex areas require discipline and effort, so it is important to have that passion for your clients to succeed.

What are the biggest foreseeable challenges in your field? 

I think the continued development of health information technology, and the significant restructuring and consolidation that is occurring among health care providers across many health care sectors, will present highly consequential challenges for the foreseeable future.

What inspired you to become an attorney?

I think the combination of my education, together with the influence of friends and family, pointed me in the direction of at least considering the law as a career. I know I wanted to pursue a career of consequence that would make a positive difference to those who I encountered in my life, and a career in health law has allowed me to do that.