B.A., Emory; J.D., Boston University
Judge Jacinta L. Alves is a Federal Administrative Law Judge with the Civil Remedies Division at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Her jurisdiction includes:
– appeals from civil monetary penalties (CMPs) and other enforcement actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) against nursing home providers, clinical laboratories, home health care agencies and other health care providers;
– appeals from exclusion actions and CMPs imposed by the HHS Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) involving individual and other health care practitioners;
– other fraud, abuse and non-compliance determinations by the HHS IG or CMS (e.g., provider/supplier Medicare enrollment and revocation determinations); – CMP determinations by the Social Security Administration (SSA);
– Equal Access to Justice Act determinations relating to HHS OIG proceeding; – initial agency decisions regarding CMPs proposed by CMS under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and
– review of Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) promulgated by Medicare contractors, including fiscal intermediaries and carriers.
Prior to her appointment, Judge Alves was a partner at Crowell & Moring and practiced law in the areas of health care, as well as government contracts and grants law. Her practice primarily included regulatory counseling, government and internal investigations, arbitration, and litigation. She served on the firm’s Diversity Council Steering Committee, Recruiting Committee, and False Claims Act Steering Committee. Judge Alves attended Emory University as an Emory Scholar and earned a B.A. in Economics and in Psychology. She earned her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law where she was also an editor for the Legislative Drafting Clinic.