Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Ave.
 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fax: 412-281-4499
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Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Ave.
 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fax: 412-281-4499
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

Ellel, Jessica A.

Phone: 412-281-5060

Jessica A. Ellel


Chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Health Law Practice, Jessica works almost exclusively with health care entities and health practitioners. She has extensive experience with:

  • Drafting and negotiating physician employment agreements from both the physician and employer perspectives
  • Negotiating contracts between physicians and hospitals
  • Preparing purchase agreements to govern the sale of medical practices
  • Advising on corporate governance issues, from practice formation to dissolution
  • Developing comprehensive compliance plans for physician practices, hospitals, third-party billing administrators, and other health care and related entities
  • Organizing strategies for compliance with fraud and abuse laws
  • Addressing HIPAA compliance

Jessica is especially well-versed in HIPAA compliance and authors numerous client updates and bulletins on the subject. She conducts on-site and remote HIPAA training and also maintains Houston Harbaugh’s HIPAA compliance manual, ” Federal HIPAA Privacy Standards Simplified: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit”.

As an outgrowth of her work with non-profit health care entities, Jessica also helps non-profit organizations and foundations with their corporate affairs, such as obtaining and maintaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and handling regulatory compliance matters. Her experience in the non-profit industry includes serving as counsel during the merger of several multi-state non-profits into one regional entity which required communication and information sharing with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to obtain approval for the transaction.

Jessica frequently publishes articles and presents on issues relating to physician employment agreements, the Affordable Care Act, and other compliance issues. She has published articles in the Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin and in the Physicians News Digest.

Jessica is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law teaching the course Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance.

First Settlement is a Wake-Up Call for Business Associates Working With Health Care Providers

New CMS Payment Models Imminent

Rules on Returning Medicare Overpayment Finalized

Executive Action Amends HIPAA: Allows More Reporting to Criminal Background Check System

New Year, New Delays for ACA Reporting Requirements

New DOJ Compliance Counsel Underscores Need for Compliance Plans

Security Risk Analysis is Key to Passing Healthcare Audits

New HIPAA Rule Bring Changes to Breach Notification Rules
Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News | 3.2013

Incorporating hospitalists into your practice
Physician News Digest | 7.13.08

Big Changes Coming for ASC Reimbursement
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin | 2.2008

Pennsylvania Act 169: What Every Physician Needs to Know
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin | 10.2007

  • Successfully defended client against HIPAA complaint filed with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
  • Negotiated an exclusive contract between physician practice and hospital
  • Assisted physician practice in securing support from community hospital for recruitment arrangements for new physicians
  • Assisted associate physician in purchasing medical practice from retiring senior physician
  • Drafted EMTALA policies and protocols for community hospital
  • Oversaw formation of small non-profit corporation and assisted in the entity obtaining recognition as a tax exempt entity by the IRS