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Deanna’s practice is primarily focused on healthcare regulatory law (including HIPAA, Stark, and Anti-Kickback compliance, False Claims Act issues, and contracting), and Estate Planning.
In the practice of healthcare law, Deanna has represented hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physicians, audiologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. She gained valuable healthcare law experience as General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Public Health (1996-2001). She also served as in-house counsel at the SIU School of Medicine (2013-2016). She has assisted more than 200 clients with HIPAA compliance. Deanna also advises clients regarding HIPAA breach compliance. She frequently drafts leases, physician employment agreements and affiliation agreements to assist healthcare facilities and providers in order to comply with Stark and other health care laws. She has drafted compliance plans and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance through HCCA. Deanna advised a local Institutional Review Board with respect to FDA compliance of research matters. Deanna has advised a variety of healthcare clients during audits and during enforcement proceedings before both federal agencies and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, including enforcement proceedings related to Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement. Deanna has earned certificates-of-need for healthcare facilities before the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board; represented facilities in obtaining operating licenses from both the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Department on Aging; and represented clients in professional licensure matters before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Deanna also works with families to preserve their assets through estate planning. She advises clients how to protect family assets even if a loved-one requires long term care. She also works on business continuation planning, trust creation, and routine estate planning issues.
Deanna joined Heyl Royster in 2016, after an extensive career in both the private and public sectors. Her practice began advising clients on Environmental Law in Indianapolis, after which she returned to Central Illinois as General Counsel to a House legislative caucus. While acting as General Counsel, Deanna was in charge of the legal review of all legislation. Following her legislative branch work, Deanna served as General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Public Health where she was in charge of all department legal activities including the state regulation of hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, and other healthcare facilities. She also provided legal advice to all of the Department's more than 100 programs, including such diverse areas as: bioterrorism, asbestos removal, private wells, plumbing licensure, mobile home regulation, communicable diseases, and a variety of other healthcare programs. Deanna drafted the official HIPAA Preemption Analysis for the State of Illinois. In 2001, Ms. Mool returned to private practice. She opened her own firm in 2005 where she assisted a wide variety of clients in the areas of health law, HIPAA, election law and estate planning.
Deanna also represented Fortune 500 companies in drafting legislation and governmental relation activities before the Illinois legislature. She has represented PACs and state and federal candidates in election recounts, petition challenges and campaign finance issues.Deanna Mool is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. She also earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in Champaign.