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Duke University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007, Order of the Coif; Staff Editor, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, 2006-07

Duke University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa


Jennifer Hutchens practices in the area of transactional health care law. She represents health care industry stakeholders of all sizes, including dialysis providers, vascular access providers, hospitals and health systems, physician practices and management services organizations. Jennifer practices extensively in the areas of health care joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and integration transactions. She serves as outside general counsel to an innovative joint venture – composed of 12 health systems – formed to operate a provider-led and patient-centered health plan participating in the North Carolina Managed Medicaid Program. Jennifer's experience also includes the negotiation and preparation of managed care, physician recruitment, employment and other professional services contracts.

Jennifer frequently advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues at both the federal and state level, including the Anti-Kickback and physician self-referral (Stark) laws, corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions, and licensure matters. She has experience assisting clients with health care compliance self-audits, acquisition due diligence, corrective actions, and self-reporting under the CMS Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol.

Jennifer was recognized as the Charlotte Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® for 2018.

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Nominating Committee, 2019-present; Fundamentals in Health Law Conference Planning Committee, 2017-present; Governance Advisory Council, 2017-present; Young Professional Delegate to Board, 2016-17; Young Professionals Council, Chair, 2014-16 (Vice-Chair, 2013-14); Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group Leadership Development Program, 2012-13; Best Practices Health Law Curriculum Steering Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law Section Council, Chair, 2017-18; Vice Chair, 2016-17; Secretary, 2015-16; Treasurer, 2014-15; Member, 2009-12 and 2013-16 
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys, Education Committee, 2013-16
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Member
  • Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives, Member
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law Section, Steering Committee on "End of Life Awareness" Project and Long-Range Planning Committee
  • Duke Law School, Law Alumni Association – New Lawyers Division, 2006-12
  • Duke Law School, Alumni Adviser for the Health Law Society
  • Duke Alumni Admissions Program, Admissions Interviewer, 2007-present
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Scholar Alumna
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