Merlin Brittenham is Of Counsel at Vedder Price and a member of the Health Care & Professional Associations group in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
Mr. Brittenham’s practice is focused on regulatory, compliance and transactional matters for health care clients—including managed care organizations, insurers, life sciences companies, hospitals, health systems, and other providers. He has assisted clients in developing and implementing compliance programs, and performed internal policy reviews and personnel training. His regulatory and compliance experience includes: HIPAA privacy policies; state health care regulations (including regulations pertaining to pharmacies and pharmacists, prescription drugs, state-regulated health plans, Medicaid and insurance); FDA and USDA requirements; and CMS compliance for advertising and enrollment materials. He has analyzed compliance with proposed and existing business arrangements with federal and state health care fraud and abuse laws, including Stark and Anti-Kickback standards. Mr. Brittenham is experienced in the full spectrum of health care transactions—including acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, due diligence of employment matters, Medicare requirements, state Medicaid program requirements and state licensure laws.
Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Brittenham was a Senior Director in the legal department at a major trade association for pharmaceutical manufacturers where he worked across a variety of functions, including U.S. state policy issues, international pharmaceutical ethical codes and consensus frameworks, contracts and compliance, privacy legislation and regulations, and compliance with antitrust regulations and other requirements.
Mr. Brittenham earned both a Master of Public Health and Juris Doctorate from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as the Vice President of the Columbia Health Law Association, Executive Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Tax Law and President of The Future Healthcare Leaders organization. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. During law school, he was a summer law clerk at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General’s Social and Health Services Division. He also served as an extern at the Health Care Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Columbia Law School, J.D., 2014
- Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Master of Public Health, 2009
- Stanford University, B.A., 2007
- District of Columbia, 2017