Chiarra-May E. Stratton


Chiarra has represented hospital systems, physician group practices, home health agencies, hospices, regional and national pharmacies, physician groups, and long-term care facilities, as well as non-profit corporations and charities.


Her practice has focused on a wide-range of regulatory and transactional issues affecting health care entities, including HIPAA compliance, EMTALA, patient safety, medical staff issues including disciplinary and peer review-related matters, changes of ownership, licensure, and ensuring compliance with federal and state health care fraud and abuse laws.


Chiarra has counseled clients regarding Medicare/Medicaid issues, including opting-out of Medicare, billing and coding matters, anti-supplementation rules, the Medicaid Integrity Program and Medicare Part D compliance. Additionally, she has advised clients on requests to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the creation of codes and payment for new technologies under the Medicare reimbursement system.


She has advised clients regarding the appropriate structure for arrangements between and among various health care entities to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state health care laws (i.e., the federal Anti-Kickback statute and the Physician Self-Referral “Stark” Law).


Chiarra has also counseled non-profit entities regarding federal tax-exempt issues, including obtaining and maintaining federal tax-exempt recognition and preparing organizing and governance documents and policies (e.g., bylaws, business associate agreements, and document retention/destruction policies).


Prior to joining the firm, Chiarra worked with a state disease management program as a health policy consultant. In this role, she collaborated with the program implementing agency in the development of outcomes measures and program strategies in an effort to improve clinical care and outcomes for chronic condition treatment programs in the state of Indiana.


Bar Admissions


District of Columbia



Professional Affiliations


State Bar of Texas




2009-2010 Healthcare Management Consultants

2005-2009 Ober|Kaler

2002-2005 Reed Smith LLP


Legal Education


2003 J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law


Undergraduate Education


1997 B.A., cum laude, St. Louis University, Chemistry