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Roma Sharma

Counsel

rsharma@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2784
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Roma Sharma is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Health Care Group. Roma's practice entails counseling and representing health care providers, managed care organizations, distributors, pharmacies, laboratories, and other health care entities in various regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. Roma primarily works with health care clients seeking to comply with federal and state laws and regulations, including those related to fraud and abuse (e.g., the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act – and state corollaries), telemedicine, licensing, reimbursement, the practice of medicine, and federal and state demonstration programs.

Recent representative engagements:

  • Perform health care regulatory analysis of the business models and contracts of digital health technology companies – both nationally recognized and start-ups.
  • Counsel telemedicine physician network and other entities on temporary Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) waivers and telemedicine rule changes during the COVID-19 declared public health emergency. 
  • Counsel health care entity on evaluating drive-through coronavirus testing opportunities and government outreach.
  • Conduct internal investigation of managed care organization to analyze and determine compliance with Medicare Part D prescription drug regulations. 
  • Conduct health care regulatory due diligence for private equity firm in a $170 million transaction. 
  • Represent national inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) system in a multi-year False Claims Act Medicare billing investigation conducted by the Department of Justice, successfully reaching favorable settlement.
  • Draft Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model contracts and governance documents for ACOs and provide counsel on compliance and business issues.
  • Counsel various health care entities on the fraud and abuse risks of proposed financial arrangements under the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute. 
  • Prepare self-disclosures for submission to the CMS Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) on behalf of hospital systems, laboratories, and pharmacies.
  • Defend Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in national and statewide class actions asserting antitrust claims.
  • Represent MedStar Health as an Interested Party in a Certificate of Need application.

In addition, Roma has an active pro bono practice. She currently represents an inmate in a state prison abuse action and also represents an affirmative asylum applicant. She previously represented a client seeking clemency and has represented several non-profit organizations, providing counsel on telemedicine and HIPAA. 

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Roma interned with the Office of the General Counsel at the American Medical Association, the Health Care Bureau at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, and the Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy division at Sanofi Pasteur. Roma graduated cum laude from The George Washington University Law School. She also holds a master in public health from The George Washington University Milken Institute, where she served as president of the Health Policy Student Association and was elected to the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Roma frequently writes client alerts, blog posts, and articles on emerging health information technology and fraud and abuse developments. She is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the firm’s Diversity Council, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders class of 2020.  

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • The George Washington University, M.P.H.
  • University of Michigan, B.S. brain, behavior, and the cognitive sciences (2007) with High Honors

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Illinois

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"OIG Seeks Comment on Key Enforcement Parameters and Deadlines For Information Blocking; HHS Delays Enforcement," Health Care Alert (April 29, 2020). Contacts: Jodi G. Daniel, Roma Sharma, Maya Uppaluru, Stephanie D. Willis
Client Alert / Newsletter
"COVID-19 is Driving Telehealth Adoption: Understand the New Opportunities," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 29, 2020). Presenters: Gary Baldwin, Jodi G. Daniel, Roma Sharma, and Stephanie D. Willis.
Speech/Presentation
"Eligible Providers Can Now Apply for Telehealth Related Funding Through FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Funding Program," Health Care Alert (April 15, 2020). Contacts: Jacinta Alves, Jodi G. Daniel, Roma Sharma, Stephanie D. Willis
Client Alert / Newsletter
"HHS Lifts Major Barriers to Telehealth to Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19," Health Care Alert (March 20, 2020). Contacts: Troy A. Barsky, Jodi G. Daniel, Barbara H. Ryland, Stephanie D. Willis, Joe Records, Roma Sharma, Michelle Chipetine
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Spending Measure Waives Medicare Telehealth Restrictions," Health Care Alert (March 10, 2020). Contacts: Jodi G. Daniel, Roma Sharma
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell & Moring Attorneys Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2020 Fellow and Pathfinder Programs (Feb.20.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel and 26 to Counsel Positions (Jan.02.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"11th Circuit Issues Long-Awaited Opinion in AseraCare Affirming that Mere Differences in Reasonable Clinical Judgement Cannot Be False Under the FCA and Remanding for New Trial and Consideration of Full Record," Health Care Alert (September 13, 2019). Contacts: Jacinta Alves, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Nkechi Kanu, Roma Sharma, G. Meredith Parnell
Client Alert / Newsletter
"HHS Proposed Rule Takes Aim at Drug Rebates from Manufacturers to Health Plans/PBMs, Proposes Safe Harbors to Pass Savings to Consumers and Protect Some Manufacturer-PBM Payments," Health Care Alert (February 1, 2019). Contacts: Barbara H. Ryland, Todd D. Rosenberg, A. Xavier Baker, Troy A. Barsky, Roma Sharma
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Healthcare Reimbursement: Commercialization Strategies and Approaches," 2018 Inova Discovery Series, Early Stage Investing in Health Technology (June 21, 2018). Presenters: Troy A. Barsky, Roma Sharma, and Maya Uppaluru.
Speech/Presentation

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