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Shannon K. DeBra

Shannon DeBra's practice emphasizes health care compliance, regulatory, and fraud and abuse matters. She works with health care providers to conduct compliance audits and internal investigations, as well as to put together voluntary disclosures to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Office of Inspector General (OIG), and/or Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) when potential violations of law are discovered. She assists in implementing Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA), creates new compliance policies and procedures, and reviews compliance procedures for consistency with OIG provider compliance guidance and CIA requirements. She has defended health care providers in sealed qui tam cases, including developing defense strategies and leading settlement discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, Shannon advises on clinical research matters, school-based Medicaid, and 340B drug program compliance and management.

From November 2003 to January 2006, Shannon served as senior counsel in the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington, D.C., and represented the Inspector General in the resolution of civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases. She also worked with the DOJ in the investigation, development and resolution of FCA cases; investigated, developed and negotiated resolution of civil monetary penalty cases; and reviewed legal sufficiency of proposals for provider exclusion under the federal health care programs. Shannon has also worked as an assistant general counsel for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Medical Assistance (the Massachusetts Medicaid Agency). In addition, she served as Chief Compliance Officer for UC Health in Cincinnati from 2012–2013.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Health Care Compliance Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Founder, Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry
  • Founder, Recycled Doggies

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Regulatory Compliance: What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble," OSHRM/SOHA Fall Conference, September 2017
  • Speaker, "Lessons from The Front Lines: Hot Topics in Research Compliance," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Under Siege: When Government Agents Show Up at Your Hospital's Door with a Search Warrant," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Compliance in the Post-Acute Care Environment," Ohio Health Information Management Association, March 2017
  • Co-Author, "Post-Acute Network: The Discharge Planner's Dilemma," CareManagement Vol. 23, No. 1 February/March 2017
  • Speaker, "OIG Medicare Compliance Reviews: A Compliance Officer's Guide to Survival," Health Care Compliance Association Regional Conference, October 9, 2015
  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned—How Compliance Officers Can Better Protect Their Organizations," Bricker & Eckler webinar, September 15, 2015
  • Speaker, "Getting into Compliance with Compliance Program Requirements for SNFs and NFs," Leading Age Ohio Annual Conference, September 11, 2015; OHCA 2015 Annual Convention & Exposition, April 30, 2015
  • Speaker, "Weathering the Storm: One Hospital's Experience in Managing a HIPAA Crisis," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015
  • Speaker, "Hospital System Growing Pains: A Compliance Officer's Guide to Risk Areas Resulting from Acquiring Physician Practices and Employing Physicians," Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Institute, April 21, 2015

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2006
  • Admitted, State of Massachusetts, 1998

Education

  • University of Massachusetts (M.B.A.), 2003
  • Boston University (J.D.), 1998
  • Boston University (B.S., summa cum laude), 1995
Certified Dog Lover
Certified Dog Lover

Shannon is not only the founder of Recycled Doggies, but she is also an active volunteer and foster mom for the Cincinnati-based nonprofit dog rescue. She especially loves to foster the sick and elderly dogs that have been cast off by prior owners, nursing them back to health and finding them loving forever families. 



Animal Activist
Animal Activist

In 2010, Shannon founded the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry, which provides pet food assistance to low-income pet owners in the greater Cincinnati area – many who are struggling to afford to keep their pets. She volunteers monthly at each pet food distribution event and is also actively involved in fundraising for the pantry and its day-to-day operations.