• Deborah A. Cmielewski is a member of the Health Care Law and Corporate Practice Groups and co-chair of the Firm’s Pharmaceutical Industry and Pharmacy Practice Group. She also serves on the Firm’s Management Committee.

    Debbie advises and counsels health care providers, including hospital systems; physicians; providers of services to the intellectually and developmentally disabled; mental health and substance use disorder facilities; long term care facilities and home care agencies. She also advises pharmaceutical manufacturers and myriad vendors in the health care space. Debbie has significant experience in the representation of regulated professionals before administrative agencies in both health and non-health related professions. She also lectures frequently on health care and human resources topics and provides workplace compliance training in a variety of areas, including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2. 

    Debbie previously served as Vice President, General Counsel of Armada Health Care LLC (n/k/a Asembia), where she also oversaw the compliance and human resources functions in the organization. She has over 20 years’ experience as a practicing attorney, holding key positions in health care corporate law and commercial/bankruptcy litigation. Early in her legal career, Debbie served as Chief of Regulatory Affairs for the New Jersey State Division of Consumer Affairs.

    • Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine's 2018 and 2019 "Top Lawyers" in Health Care Law
    • Recognized in 2015 by NJBIZ as a Finalist, General Counsel of the Year Awards in healthcare organizations
    • Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Rising Stars® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Healthcare Law
    • Selected to the 2018-2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Healthcare Law
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    • Author, "New Federal Guidance Outlines Cyber Vulnerabilities," May 27, 2020
    • Webinar presenter, "The PANDEMIC: Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Liability" (May 18, 2020)
    • Author, "Beware of COVID-19 Cyber Threats," April 13, 2020
    • Author, "OCR Relaxes HIPAA Standards in Light of COVID-19," April 6, 2020
    • Contributing author, April 2020 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, February 2020 Legal Updates for Business
    • Contributing author, December 2019 Health Law Dispatch
    • Presenter, "Legal and Ethical Considerations in Managing Health Issues for the IDD Community," NJACP 2019 Annual Conference (November 15, 2019)
    • Co-Presenter, "The Top 5 Regulatory and Compliance Issues Facing IDD Provider Agencies," NJACP 2019 Annual Conference (November 14, 2019)
    • Presenter, " 42 CFR Part 2: Deep Dive into the 2019 Proposal," NJAMHAA (October 22, 2019)
    • Author, "Social Media Disclosure Results in HIPAA Enforcement," October 4, 2019
    • Contributing author, August 2019 Health Law Dispatch 
    • Author, "New Jersey Enters Multistate Nurse Licensure Compact," August 1, 2019
    • Presenter, "HIPAA in a World of Technology," NJACP Quality Bootcamp (June 20, 2019)
    • Presenter, "Workplace Violence: Unique Challenges in the Senior Space," LeadingAge New Jersey 2019 Annual Meeting (June 12, 2019)
    • Presenter, “Choppy Waters: Navigating Some of the Perilous Legal Challenges Presented to Healthcare Professionals by the Opioid Crisis,” NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention (May 15, 2019)
    • Contributing author, May 2019 Health Law Dispatch
    • Speaker, “Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes and Other Senior Living Environments,” LeadingAge New Jersey (April 25, 2019)
    • Presenter, "Hot Issues in IDD Provider Litigation," NJACP (April 17, 2019) 
    • Presenter, “Dissection of the Data Breach Process: The Incident, The Responses and the Aftermath,” NJAMHAA (April 15, 2019)
    • Contributing author, February 2019 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, December 2018 Health Law Dispatch
    • Presenter, “Workplace Violence: Special Challenges in the IDD Space,” NJACP Annual Meeting and Conference (November 16, 2018)
    • Co-presenter, “Cyber-Threat Management: Business Processes for Prevention, Compliance & Recovery,” Mercadien Technologies Breakfast Workshop (October 25 2018)
    • Contributing author, October 2018 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, August 2018 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, June 2018 Health Law Dispatch
    • Presenter, "HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 Refresher Workshops," NJAMHAA (June 27, 2018)
    • Presenter, "The Intersection Between Human Resources, Information Technology and Compliance Officers," NJMGMA 2018 Practice Management Conference (June 7, 2018)
    • Panelist, "Cyber-Threat Management: Awareness, Prevention, Recovery and Coverage," NJAMHAA (May 8, 2018)
    • Presenter, "HIPAA and Corporate Compliance Workshops," NJACP (May 2-3, 2018)
    • Contributing author, April 2018 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, February 2018 Health Law Dispatch
    • Presenter, "Cybersecurity -- Are You Really Safe?" and "Protecting Documentation - Understanding HIPAA," NJACP Annual Meeting and Conference (November 17, 2017)
    • Contributing author, December 2017 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, October 2017 Health Law Dispatch
    • Author, "The Opioid Crisis: New Jersey Files Suit" (October 18, 2017)
    • Contributing author, September 2017 Legal Updates for Businesses
    • Contributing author, July 2017 Health Law Dispatch
    • Author, "Covered Entity Penalized for Lack of Business Associate Agreement" (April 26, 2017)
    • Contributing author, March 2017 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, January 2017 Health Law Dispatch
    • Contributing author, November 2016 Health Law Dispatch
    • Presenter, "Whistleblower Laws: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Organization and Harassment and Discrimination -- Could You Make the Determination?," NJACP 33rd Statewide Annual Conference (November 18, 2016)
    • Author, "The Insersection of Health Information Exchange and Patient Confidentiality," New Jersey Lawyer (April, 2016)
    • Presenter, "Coming to the HIPAA Party: Tips for IT Superheroes and Compliance to Coexist," 2016 NJAMHAA IT Project Annual Conference (March 2, 2016)
    • Presenter, "HIPAA Compliance-An Insider's View," NJAMHAA (November 12, 2015)
    •  Co-Presenter, "Affordable Care Act - Big Changes and New Responsibilities Impact All 50+ Employers in 2016: Are You Ready?" (October 28, 2015)
    • Panelist, "How to Avoid Litigation Exposure When Handling PHI and PII," Cyber Day hosted by Lowenstein Sandler (June 11, 2015)
    • Panelist, "Ongoing Trends in HIPAA & the Impact on the Specialty Pharmacy," 2015 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit (May 7, 2015)
    • Panelist, "Future Outlook for Special Pharmacy," 2014 National Association of Special Pharmacy Annual Meeting (October 3, 2014)
    • Presenter, "HITECH:  The Omnibus Rule and its Impact on Specialty Pharmacy," 2014 Summit & Expo Hosted by Armada Health Care (May 8, 2014)
    • Presenter, "Current Health Care/HIPAA Concerns," NJICLE  (July 25, 2013)
    • Co-Presenter, "Updates in Animal Law," NJSBA Annual Meeting (May 13, 2013)
    • Panelist, "Special Commentary:  How Can Hospitals React?, UDI and GDSN-Leveraging GS1 Standards," webinar sponsored by 1WorldSync (January 15, 2013)
    • Presenter, "Legal Nuts and Bolts of Regulatory Practice; Greetings from the Regulatory Board," 127th New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) Annual Meeting (March 6, 2011)
    • Co-Presenter, "Legal and Ethical Considerations in Discharge Planning and Legal Guardianships," Lorman Education Services (February 28, 2006)
    • Co-Author, “The Biggest Legal Mistakes that Physicians Make and How to Avoid Them,” SEAK, Inc. (2005)
    • Co-Author, “Do You Need a Compliance Plan?” Essex County Medical Society Bulletin (July/August, 1999)
    • Various education seminars and presentations to clients relative to health care and compliance issues
    • Member, Board of Trustees, Fellowship Foundation
    • Member, Health & Wellness Committee, Morris County Chamber of Commerce
    • Impact 100 Garden State (2015-2018)
    • Member, The American Health Lawyers Association
    • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Education Review Committee, Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey  (2007-2011)
    • Essex/Roseland County Committee (2003-2016)
    • Roseland Board of Adjustment (2008-2010)
    • Secretary, The Eagle Rock Condominium Association (2008-2010)
    • Special Representative, Roseland Planning Board (2002)
    • Roseland Mayor’s Advisory Council (2001-2002)
    • Candidate, Roseland Borough Council (2001)
    • Trustee/President/Member, Legal Committee, Holmehill Association (2000-2004)
    • Pupil/Barrister, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inn of Court (1998-2004)
    • Volunteer Court Mediator, Morris County Superior Court (1998-1999)
    • National Association of Attorney Generals (NAAG) Health Law Task Force (1997-1998)
    • NAAG Telecommunications Task Force (1996-1998)
    • Villanueva v. Federal Express, Inc., 2008 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1303 (App. Div. 2008)
    • Served as general counsel to a specialty pharmacy group purchasing organization providing channel management solutions, commercialization strategies and support services
    • Served as in-house risk management staff attorney to hospital client during personnel leave of absence
    • Represented regulated professionals before various New Jersey state regulatory boards (including physicians, hospitals, pharmacies/pharmacists, accountants, funeral directors, nurses, day care centers, engineers, real estate professionals and health clubs)
    • Served as HIPAA counsel to both covered entities and business associates
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