Lynsey Mitchel: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Lynsey Mitchel


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Healthcare
University Texas Tech University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999; University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H., 2001
Law SchoolPepperdine University, J.D., cum laude, 2004
Admitted2004, California


•Chair of the ABA International Law Section, Life Sciences and Health Law Committee
•California State Bar, Executive Committee Member of the Health Law Committee, Business Law Section (2010-Present)
•Los Angeles County Bar Association, Health Law Section, Executive Committee (2007-2010)
•American Health Lawyers Association


Lynsey Mitchel is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Century City office and is a member of the firm's healthcare practice team.

Areas of Practice

Lynsey represents hospitals, managed care organizations, medical groups, pharmacies, home health providers, medical device retailers and other health care entities and providers.

Lynsey has deep expertise in HMO regulatory matters and has assisted numerous clients to obtain HMO licensure as health care service plans under California's Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act. Lynsey has represented approximately half of all currently licensed restricted Knox-Keene HMO license holders in California in their licensure process. Lynsey has worked on HMO licensure and other matters for Medicare Advantage, commercial and Medicaid health plans. Lynsey also assists health plans with regulatory compliance matters, material modifications, growth strategies, acquisitions and training.

In the managed care sector, Lynsey represents payors and providers participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payment initiatives and other cutting edge risk-sharing arrangements. Lynsey works with national and regional health plans (including full service and specialty plans), as well as large health systems and physician groups, on a broad range of matters including population health management strategies, provider employment, risk-based, performance-based and value-based payor and provider contracting, compliance, acquisitions and physician alignment strategies.

Lynsey's practice is focused on licensing and other regulatory compliance matters, business transactions, patient privacy issues including HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance, and telemedicine, as well as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and certification. In addition, she counsels clients on state and federal fraud and abuse issues, including the Stark Law and anti-kickback and fee-splitting laws.

Publications & News


•MSSP ACO Program - Proposed Rule

AHLA, December 2014
•Co-Author with Florence Wang, The Affordable Care Act: What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know, Vol. 29, California Business Law Practitioner, Spring 2014
•Co-Author with Mark A. Kadzielski, An Analysis of the New Federal Patient Safety Law and Final Rule, Vol. 11, Journal of Health Care Compliance, 2009
•Co-Author with Dayna Nicholson, A Medical Error Happened: Now What? The Implications for Medical Errors Heat Up, Vol. 10, Journal of Health Care Compliance, 2008
•Co-Author with Abbie Maliniak, Overview of the Current State of HIPAA Enforcement, Vol. 19, Managed Care Outlook, 2006

Healthcare Law Blog Posts
• Medicare Hospital Compliance Reviews are Legal and Sound, According to OIG, February 4, 2015
• What Can You Expect in 2015 Regarding HIPAA Enforcement? December 22, 2014
• Device Advice: New Guidance From the FDA on Medical Devices and Cybersecurity, October 14, 2014
• A (Second) Lawsuit Seeks to Compel Statutory Timeframe for Administrative Law Judge Review of Medicare Claims Appeals, September 11, 2014
• Bundled Payments under the Affordable Care Act Continue to Gain Influence, August 8, 2014
• High Rates of Unhealthy Enrollees in ACA Exchanges, July 1, 2014
• New CMS Hospice Item Set Reporting Invades Privacy Rights, June 18, 2014
• House committee questions authority of a DHHS staff division to regulate health IT, June 10, 2014
• HHS releases new software for updating (but not replacing) HIPAA security risk assessment toolkits, April 14, 2014
• Enforcement of the Two-Midnight Rule Delayed Again, April 7, 2014
• Interstate Medical Licensing Compact Could Pave a Smoother Path for Telemedicine Providers, March 27, 2014
• Accountable Care Organizations: Payment Options for ACOs Pursuant to the Proposed Rule, May 24, 2011
•Proposed Rule: Legal Structure and Governance of ACOS, April 12, 2011
• California's Department of Managed Health Care Announces ACOs Should Expect Licensure Requirement, January 26, 2011
• CMS Releases Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Violations, November 29, 2010
• OIG Releases Fiscal Year 2011 Work Plan, November 29, 2010

Speaking Engagements

• Integrated Delivery Systems: Lessons Learned and New Contracting Challenges, CSHA Annual Meeting & Spring Seminar, April 17, 2015


•10th Annual MDS Healthcare Leadership and Executive Conference

October 2015


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Medicare Hospital Compliance Reviews are Legal and Sound, According to OIG
Rachel Landauer,Lynsey Mitchel, February 20, 2015
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently defended its practices pertaining to hospital compliance reviews in a published response to a letter from the American Hospital Association (AHA), while simultaneously announcing a voluntary suspension of...

What Can You Expect in 2015 Regarding HIPAA Enforcement?
Lynsey Mitchel, January 30, 2015
As of earlier this month, 1,170 breaches involving 31 million records have been reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since mandated reporting of breaches began in September 2009. An increase in the number of breaches isn’t the only statistic on the rise. Although...
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Lynsey Mitchel

1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600
Los AngelesCA 90067


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