Jill S. Wright

Special Counsel

Overview

Jill Wright is a special counsel and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on health care fraud and abuse and compliance issues, including the federal Anti-Kickback and Physician Self-Referral/Stark laws, civil monetary penalties law, false claims and overpayments, government investigations, and exclusions from federal health care programs.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Wright worked as a senior counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), where she represented the OIG in cases involving civil monetary penalties (CMP) and the False Claims Act, including matters premised on allegations involving the Anti-Kickback and Stark laws, and quality of care issues. In that role, she drafted the preamble of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the OIG’s CMP authorities, which included Affordable Care Act amendments to the CMP law and a significant restructuring of the OIG’s CMP regulations, as well as revisions to existing authorities, such as Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act regulations. She also has experience conducting investigations and negotiating settlements and corporate integrity agreements. Ms. Wright served as exclusions coordinator and counseled OIG attorneys and special agents on difficult exclusion issues, reviewed responses to public inquiries, and advised state and federal prosecutors, health care providers, defense attorneys, and other members of the public on the effect of exclusion.

Ms. Wright also served as senior oversight counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. In this role, Ms. Wright represented the committee in meetings with health care industry stakeholders and their counsel, lobbyists, constituents, agency representatives, and congressional staff. She helped lead the Committee’s efforts on Stark Law reform, including analyzing and formulating recommendations on approximately 50 Stark law reform proposals from providers, hospital associations and medical device and supplier associations. She also oversaw various aspects of the proposed bill, Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015 (S. 2368).

Education

Ms. Wright earned her law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (J.D., 2006), where she was an editor and board member of the BYU Journal of Public Law. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a Russian studies minor from Brigham Young University (B.A., 2003). As an undergraduate, Ms. Wright worked as a Russian instructor and served as a volunteer English teacher in Moscow.

Admissions

Ms. Wright is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia.

Languages

Ms. Wright is fluent in Russian.

Capabilities