Carrie Nixon is the Managing Member of Nixon Law Group and CEO of Nixon HealthNexus, a healthcare reform and innovation consultancy. She is an expert in healthcare law and policy issues relating to healthcare reform and value-based delivery/reimbursement, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs), MACRA and MIPS reporting, Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), public and private Health Insurance Exchanges (HIM and PHIX), Health Information Exchanges (HIE), and mobile health/telemedicine. Carrie provides counseling in governance and regulatory compliance matters such as HIPAA/privacy and fraud and abuse restrictions. She represents hospitals and health systems, health plans, individual physicians and physician groups, pharmacies, post-acute care providers, telehealth companies and healthcare startups.
As a longtime attorney for a variety of clients in the assisted living and long-term care industry, Carrie has on-the-ground experience with the unique challenges facing those who serve our aging population. She has successfully defended these clients against malpractice claims and deficiency citations, helping them to navigate the ever-changing regulatory and risk management landscape.
Carrie is the founder of two successful companies and co-founder of a thriving non-profit public policy organization. She takes a comprehensive, integrated approach to serving clients, combining her expertise in law, public policy, and business strategy with skills in strategic communication and negotiation. This approach is particularly well-suited to clients navigating this new era of healthcare reform and value-based delivery/reimbursement. Carrie advises and advocates for her clients from every angle, using legal frameworks, business acumen, and a broad network of expertise and influence to achieve target outcomes.
After receiving her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, Carrie began her legal career as an attorney at Mintz Levin, an AmLaw 250 firm. She practiced in the firm’s DC office as part of the Health Law section. Carrie later joined the DC office of Reed Smith, another AmLaw 250 firm, practicing in the litigation section with an emphasis on healthcare litigation. She is a member of the Virginia Bar and DC Bar. Prior to attending law school, Carrie worked for a senior leader in the US House of Representatives as Deputy Policy Director. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Rebecca E. Gwilt, Esq. is a Virginia-licensed attorney and Partner at Nixon Law Group. She provides legal, regulatory, and business guidance to health care clients, focused primarily on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reforms, health information technology (including mHealth and telehealth), accountable care, integrated care, value-based care, fraud and abuse (Stark, Anti-kickback, False Claims, and CMP), payor contracting, and healthcare privacy/security (HIPAA, FERPA, Part 2). She also provides corporate and transactional services to healthcare clients, including business formation and dissolution, employment contracts and disputes, licensing, board and general compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and reimbursement. She has a particular interest in serving clients in the mental and behavioral health and substance abuse industry.
After graduating from the top-ranked Health Care Law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Rebecca served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she worked with CMS leadership and the President’s domestic policy counsel to develop Affordable Care Act (ACA) policy, guidance, regulations and technology contracts. Her expertise includes deep knowledge of ACA laws and regulations affecting various stakeholder groups, including large and small employers, healthcare providers, payors, and healthcare software and services vendors. She brings to her clients a functional knowledge of health care policy, regulatory compliance, and law, and is a thought leader regarding the future of public and private health reforms.
Rebecca was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Board of Medical Assistance Services, which oversees the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program. Rebecca also serves on the Board of the Free Clinic of Powhatan, the mission of which is to increase access to affordable health care services for indigent individuals and families in Powhatan, VA, and the St. Francis Medical Center Community Advisory Board. She is a member of The American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, and the American Health Lawyers Association. She lives with her husband and two sons in Chesterfield, VA.
Presentations and publications
Upcoming: "Medicaid Coverage of Addiction Disease Management: Emerging Opportunities for Social Workers." National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA (March 24, 2017)
Upcoming: "Confidentiality, HIPAA, and Ethics." Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Fairfax, VA (March 27, 2017).
"Future of Practice: Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration", "Future of Practice: Telebehavrioal Health." Virginia Counselors Association Annual Convention, The Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, VA (November 10-12, 2016).
"Investors and Covered Entity Due Diligence for HIT Start-ups and Innovators." 4A Healthcare Data Privacy Symposium, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA - (October 4-5, 2016).
"Holy MACRA: A Deep Dive into the QPP NPRM." World Congress PCMH Summit MACRA and Quality Payment Program Workshop, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA (June 21, 2016).
"Let the Buyer Beware: Telehealth Contract Risk Management." Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Telehealth Conference, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, MD (April 11, 2016).
"The New Old Frontier: Social Work and the Emergence of Multidisciplinary Patient-centered Care." National Association of Social Workers of Virginia Annual Meeting, Hilton Richmond Hotel, Short Pump, VA (March 5, 2016).
"Telehealth, HIT, and mHealth: Beyond 'Bright Shiny Objects." Virginia Rural Health Association Annual Meeting, The Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton, VA (Oct. 13, 2015).
"Emerging Telehealth Technology Engenders Emerging Risks." Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Telehealth Conference, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV (March 30, 2015).
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Caitlin Riccobono, Esq. joined Nixon Law Group as Counsel in 2017. Prior to beginning her career as a healthcare lawyer, Cait spent five years in skilled nursing/long-term care facilities as a social worker. She puts this front-line experience to work for her clients, utilizing her unique perspective to craft practical solutions in a complex regulatory environment. Not surprisingly, Cait particularly enjoys working with clients in the post-acute sector, including home health, assisted living, rehabilitation/skilled nursing, and hospice.
In addition to her post-acute clients, Cait advises physician practices and other healthcare entities on a range of issues, including general compliance and risk management, privacy and security, fraud and abuse, provider/payor/patient contracts, and licensing matters. She has a particular interest in assisting clients with the integration of technologies—both health-related and mainstream—into healthcare settings.
Cait graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law and led her own healthcare firm prior to joining Nixon Law Group. She is a member of The American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, the Virginia Bar Association, and Partners in Healthcare. Cait is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is based in the Firm's Richmond office. She lives in Henrico County with her husband and her two “legal beagles.”
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Patrick Richards is a registered patent attorney and the founder of Richards Patent Law. After practicing law with a large multi-national law firm as a partner in the intellectual property, media and technology group, Patrick started his own firm with the intention of providing the highest quality patent services in a firm accessible to small and mid-size businesses.
Patrick’s primary focus is in helping businesses to identify and protect their valuable intellectual property assets. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property transactions (including sales and licenses) and patent litigation.
- Intellectual Property counseling
- Patent Prosecution
- Intellectual Property litigation
- Intellectual Property transactions
Mike Signer is Managing Principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC, a boutique where he provides regulatory and policy intelligence and strategy to clients, with a focus on energy, financial regulation, and national security. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, institutional investors, major nonprofits and think tanks, political campaigns at the Presidential, Congressional, and statewide levels, industry coalitions, and start-ups to provide a wide range of strategic counseling services.
A former counselor to Governor Mark Warner in Richmond, Virginia, Mike was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2009. He currently serves as Mayor of Charlottesville. While an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, Mike was a member of the firm’s Public Policy and Strategy Group and the Government Litigation Group.
- Regulatory analysis and strategic counseling
- Regulatory audits
- Policy analysis
- Political and Election law
Seth Stark of the Law Office of Seth Stark has focused his practice of nearly twenty-five years in real estate and transactional law, working with start-ups and small- to mid-sized companies. He represents a variety of business entities, including medical professionals, real estate developers, and lending institutions throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.
Seth also has over ten years’ experience in elections law. He recently served as General Counsel to the Democratic Party of Virginia, and is currently one of three members of the Fairfax County Electoral Board.
- Real Estate Transaction
- Corporate Transactions
- Business Law
- Political and Election Law