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DenaDeFazio

Associate

"I use both my legal skills and background in social work to generate unique, comprehensive approaches to resolving critical issues for health care clients."

Overview

Biography

Dena focuses her practice on both regulatory and compliance issues in the health care industry as well as health care-related litigation and administrative proceedings. She routinely assists with research, writing, and presentations, and drafts memoranda and other court documents.

Dena also routinely conducts trainings and presentations for health care practitioners, administrators, and employees on supporting the LGBTQAI+ community in professional health care environments, including how to approach sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Health Law and Young Lawyers Sections Member; Working Group on Attorney Mental Health Member; Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Member

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Served as counsel to a home health care agency and provided representation in multiple audits by the Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), resulting in significant reductions in overpayment amounts. Also negotiated settlement agreements with OMIG, resulting in agreements for even lower overpayment amounts.

  • Representing a physician in a landmark lawsuit against insurers for failing to protect the physician's confidential information from fraud and abuse by third parties.

  • Served as counsel to a direct support professional of a developmental disabilities provider and appealed a substantiated Category 2 physical abuse finding by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs, resulting in the findings being unsubstantiated.

  •  Served as counsel to a direct support professional of a developmental disabilities provider and provided representation appealing Category 1 serious physical abuse and Category 2 neglect findings by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs, resulting in both findings being unsubstantiated.

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Summer Associate
  • Albany Law School Government Law Center, Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Legal Intern
  • Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center, Health Law Clinic, Legal Intern
  • Albany County Family Court to Judge Susan Kushner, Summer Legal Intern

Selected Community Activities

  • Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, Union College Zeta Kappa Chapter, Academic Affairs Advisor

Selected Honors

  • Albany Law School, Eva E. Bastow and Honorable Earle C. Bastow ’19 Memorial Scholarship, 2015-2018
  • Albany Law School, Gold Public Service Award, 2018
  • Albany Law School, Moscowitz Health Law Clinic Prize, 2018
  • In Our Own Voices, LGBT Community Advocacy Award, 2017
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, Robert F. Bensing Award, 2017
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA), “Approaching Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression in Healthcare Settings”
  • National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter (NASW-NYS), “How to Survive a New York State Justice Center Investigation”
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Telemental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Basics”

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Medical Practice Pays $100,000 for Failure to Grant Timely Patient Access to Medical Records

Alerts

IRS Extends 2020 ACA Reporting Deadline

Alerts

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on President's Executive Order on Diversity Training

Alerts

ADA Accessibility Lawsuits: Plaintiff Saim Sarwar Targeting Hotels, Motels

Alerts

COVID-19: SBA Releases Additional Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness for Borrowers of Loans $50,000 or Less and for Lenders of All Sizes

Alerts

COVID 19: NYS Statutes of Limitations Extended Again

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