Kristine Blackwood brings multi-dimensional expertise and experience to advance clients' health care policy goals and solve complex challenges, drawing on her experience in leadership positions at the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Justice, and House and Senate Committees with healthcare jurisdiction, as well as her private sector experience. She devises and implements comprehensive advocacy campaigns to advance legislative and regulatory goals on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch, builds health care clients' allies, corporate profiles and footprints to reach key opinion leaders in Washington.

Ms. Blackwood also helps clients navigate Congressional investigations and hearings from an insider's perspective, providing representation, strategic guidance and counseling to identify and minimize potential business risks.

Ms. Blackwood served as Deputy Director for Congressional Oversight and Investigations in the Office of the Secretary for Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for developing strategic responses to Congressional oversight and investigations on Affordable Care Act implementation; public health agencies' preparedness for disease outbreaks and malicious attacks; the FDA's food, drug and device approval programs; procurement policy; care and placement of unaccompanied children; and other HHS programs. Prior to that, she served as Chief Counsel for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Investigative Counsel at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, focusing on health care issues. Ms. Blackwood also spent over twelve years as a career professional with the DOJ, serving as Attorney-Advisor in DOJ's Office of Legislative Affairs; National Healthcare Fraud Coordinator for the nation's 94 US Attorneys' Offices; and before that, as an Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California investigating and prosecuting complex health care fraud cases.

Experience

  • Medical research institute in securing a $21 million increase in appropriations to expand the VA's post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research.
  • Precision medicine biotech in reversing a potential 85% cut in Medicare payment for a molecular diagnostic test through a rapid-response Congressional, regulatory and coalition strategy.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers in preparing for and responding to Congressional investigations into drug pricing.
  • Professional medical society in the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and fund advanced professional education and training programs.
  • Freestanding children's hospital in building Congressional support for renewal of Medicaid waiver and delivery system reforms.
  • Medical device distribution company in preserving Medicare Part B coverage of home infusion pumps.
  • Home health technology developer in garnering Congressional support for legislation to require use of electronic visit verification technology for home health and personal care services under Medicaid, ultimately included the "21st Century Cures Act," signed into law in December 2016.
  • Domestic violence victims' support center in US State Department proceedings on Hague Convention judicial practices involving child abduction.

Perspectives

5 Health Care Policy Issues To Follow In 2018
Health Law360, Insurance Law360, Life Sciences Law360, and Public Policy Law360
The Internet of Things: How Will Policymakers Strike the Balance Between the Freedom to Innovate and the Need to Regulate in 2017?
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Webinar
21st Century Cures Act: What Life Sciences Companies Need To Know
Arnold & Porter Webinar
The 21st Century Cures Act
Advisory
Presidential Powers: Avenues Available to President Trump to Change Law and Policy
Advisory
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1983
  • BA, Political Science, Boston University, 1977, magna cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • California
Government and Military Service
  • Deputy Director, Congressional Oversight and Investigations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, HHS

  • Chief Counsel, Senate Special Committee on Aging

  • Investigative Counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

  • Attorney-Advisor, DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs

  • Healthcare Fraud Coordinator, DOJ Executive Office for US Attorneys

  • Assistant US Attorney, Central District of California

Activities
  • Member, Women in Government Relations

  • Former Board Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

  • Former Member, California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission

  • Former Member, LA County Bar Association, Judicial Appointments and Judicial Elections Evaluation Committees

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