Melissa (Lisa) Thompson

Melissa (Lisa) Thompson


Melissa (Lisa) Thompson


  • Overview


    Lisa Thompson advises companies, senior management, and their boards of directors, with a focus on the health care and life sciences industries. She has extensive experience in regulatory and corporate law, government investigations and audits, administrative and federal court appeals, commercial contracting, managed care disputes, clinical research law and IRBs, reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid, state and federal surveys and termination actions, pharmacy and compounding laws, fraud and abuse, Stark Law, anti-kickback, federal program exclusions, and privacy and security (HIPAA / HITECH). She is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group and Data Privacy + Security Team.

    Her life sciences experience includes FDA regulatory matters, product recalls and claims, FDA citizen petitions and appeals, labeling review, advertising and marketing compliance, drug and device reimbursement, clinical research agreements, and commercial contracting.

    Ms. Thompson formerly served as chief counsel for the U.S. manufacturing division of an international medical device and dialysis services corporation and as in-house counsel for a major academic health care institution. In addition to health care and life science corporate and regulatory matters, Ms. Thompson also serves as a litigator. Her experience in this capacity includes administrative appeals, complex commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, international arbitration, product liability lawsuits, toxic torts and environmental litigation, class actions, shareholder suits, managed care and insurance coverage disputes.

    Her clients have included hospital systems, academic medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotechnology companies, technology services providers, laboratories, pharmacies and retail pharmacy chains, physician practices, and others in the health care and life sciences industries. She is an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, serving on their Commercial Panel and National Healthcare Panel. She is also on the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the American Health Lawyers Association.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Rhode Island Bar Association

      Boston Bar Association

      American Health Lawyers Association
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Go Red for Women, American Heart Association, Rhode Island
      Chair and Member Executive Leadership Team

      Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows
    • Publications


      "CMS Revises Process for Reporting Stark Law Violations," blog post from Health Law Diagnosis (4/4/2017)

      "21st Century Cures Act – Implications for Investigators and Research Sites," blog post from Health Law Diagnosis (2/15/2017)

      "Clearing Up Confusion Over the Modified HIPAA Privacy Rule," published in Information Counts (February 2016)

      "HIPAA and Text Messaging," published in Information Counts (November 2015)

      "Update on Fraud and Abuse, chapter in the Health Law Handbook," co-authored with C. Martin and published by Thomson Reuters (2011 and 2012)

      "Medicare Termination: How to Get out of the Frying Pan and Avoid the Fire," co-authored with Louise Joy, AHLA white paper (2011)

      "Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Appeal Strategies," published in the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group RAP Sheet (June 2010)

      "Accreditation, Licensure, Certification, and Surveying Bodies, chapter in the Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations," co-authored with R. Robinson and published by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (2010)

      "Medicare Termination: It Could Happen to You," co-authored with Dan Peterson, AHLA Connections (August 2009)

    • Presentations


      "Cybersecurity for Medical Devices," co-presented with Kathleen M. Porter, a panel discussion held at Robinson+Cole’s Hartford office (6/1/2017)
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      "Navigating Voluntary Self-Disclosure Protocols," webinar (4/19/2017)
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      "Self Disclosures: Navigating the OIG and CMS/Stark Law Self Disclosure Protocols," (04/13/2017)
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      "Arbitration in Long Term Care, the CMS Regs and their Aftermath," at the Massachusetts Bar Association (11/2016)

      "HIPAA Policies and Procedures for Business Associates," presented at the NNRC Meeting (June 2016)

      "HIPAA for Court Reporters," presented at the NNRC Meeting (June 2016)

      "Security Risk Analysis," presented to Medical Mutual (June 2015 and October 2015)

      "Payment and Reimbursement," presented to the American Bar Association, Health Law Section (February 2014)

      "HIPAA Compliance Audits: Are you Prepared?" presented at the HIM Conference, HealthPort (July 2012)

      "Medicare and Medicaid Enrollment Under Heightened CMS Scrutiny, Best Practices to Obtain and Maintain Enrollment," presented via teleconference for Strafford Publications (April 2011)

      "Accountable Care Organizations," presented at Emerging Programs and Models for Medicare Care Management, Financial Research Associates in Orlando, Florida (February 2011)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 7, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Panel Discussion on Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

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      • May 5, 2017

        Health Law Group Lawyer Presents on Voluntary Self-Disclosure Protocols

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      R+C News Releases

      • July 29, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Bolsters Health Law Practice with Two New Lawyers

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