Legal executive with extensive in-house management experience. In-depth knowledge of healthcare compliance, insurance, risk/claims management, litigation, regulatory and governance. Strong skills in cost-effective management of internal and external resources while delivering a quality product, outcome or experience for the internal or external client. linkedin.com/in/dianegjacoby
Advisor to C-Suite executives.
Entrepreneurial orientation with ability to adapt to changing business models.
Creative and diligent steward of company assets.
Effective communicator at all levels of the enterprise; excellent writer and researcher.
Strong project management skills with both legal and non-legal staff.
Key collaborative member of business and product line teams.
Operational experience with clinical and non-clinical business units.
Trained in LEAN continuous quality improvement.
Private PracticeChicago, ILAttorney02/2017 to CurrentServing the needs of hospital and physician clients in medical franchising, joint ventures, physician and vendor contracting, medical staff/bylaws, risk management, policy/procedure development and analysis of regulatory matters for compliance.
UChicago Medicine Ingalls MemorialSouth Suburban Chicago, ILVice President Corporate Affairs and General Counsel04/1998 to 02/2017
Legal executive in progressive multi-affiliate health system (ingalls.org) with locations across Chicago Southland. Ingalls was acquired by UChicago Medicine in 2016. Managed all legal, compliance, regulatory, risk/claims, governance, insurance and contracting for $300 million enterprise.
Served as Corporate Secretary, Compliance/Privacy Officer and Board member for the System and closely held affiliates. Organized and managed regular Board/Executive Committee meetings and annual retreat.
Member of Institutional Review Board and Ethics Committee. Chairperson of Compliance Committee, Information Security Subcommittee (HIPAA), 340B Compliance Committee and Real Estate Management Subcommittee.
Managed $20 million self-insured retention and was founding member and manager of Cayman Captive Insurance Company.
Represented Ingalls Home Care, MedCentrix (a medical services organization), Primary Healthcare Associates, S.C. (physician group practice), Ingalls Same Day Surgery, Ingalls Care Network (Medicare ACO), Ingalls Development Foundation and South Suburban EMS.
Significant practice areas: employment/labor law; hospital and physician professional liability; federal, state and local regulatory matters (Stark, AKS, 340B, Medicare/Medicaid, FQHC, HIPAA), property leasing/management; physician and vendor contracting, litigation supervision, certificate of need, accreditation (Joint Commission and DNV) and patient care matters (end-of life, DPOA, organ donation, disclosure policies, Jehovah's Witness issues, patient advocacy).
Managed the contract approval process for all vendor contracts. Reviewed, revised, negotiated all contracts with dollar values exceeding $10,000; either created or supervised the development of all in-house generated contracts, including extensive template development. Managed the organization and retention of all contracts.
From October 2015 to February 2017 led the legal and regulatory efforts at Ingalls for the merger with UChicago Medicine, including all due diligence activities and the data room. Managed integration of Ingalls legal, risk/claims management and compliance into UChicago Medicine corporate structure.
Lashly & Baer PC; Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, PCSt. Louis, MOAssociate Attorney01/1991 to 01/1993
Medical malpractice and transactional health law practices with emphasis on litigation and defense of self-insured clients. Provided hospital clients with research, policies/procedures and training. Extensive state court experience. Pro Bono healthcare planning for HIV/AIDS clients.
Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys: President 2005, Board of Directors 2001 to 2006.
American Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Illinois Bar Association
Illinois Hospital Association: Patient Safety Task Force, Physician-Hospital Relations Committee, Stroke Transport Task Force and Organ Donation Committee
DePaul University College of Law Moot Court Alumni Board
Presentations and Publications
The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois, 3rd ed., Chapter 32, "Blood Donation and Transfusion," Fall 2007 and all updates to 2017/18.
Published Master's Thesis: "Increased Access to Long Term Care Through Medicaid Anti-Discrimination Laws,"Journal of Health and Hospital Law, Vol. 24, No. 4.
"Significant Health Law and Medical Malpractice Developments in Illinois," Southern Illinois University Law Review, Summer 1992.
Speaker: Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys Quarterly Lecture 2000; Center for Litigation Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA 2011; Cayman Captive Forum 2011; Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Meeting 2012; ABA White Collar Section, Midwest Chapter, 2013.
Education and Licensure
LL.M.:Health LawDePaul University College of Law
J.D. Summa Cum LaudeNorth Carolina Central University School of Law
Master of Science:Communication StudiesUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
Bachelor of Arts:Journalism/American StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Licensed Attorney in Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri (inactive)