Jane Hyatt Thorpe, J.D.

Jane Hyatt Thorpe in pink dress with glass behind her
Director, Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program
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Areas of Expertise

  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Law
  • Medicare
  • Federal and State Legislation, Laws and Policies
  • Health Policy
  • Health Quality
  • Health Reform

Jane Hyatt Thorpe, J.D. is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student & Faculty Affairs in GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health. She also serves as the Director of the Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program.

Professor Thorpe specializes in healthcare law and policy in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, health care delivery systems and financing, health information exchange and technology, and corporate compliance.  In addition to teaching courses in policy analysis, health care quality and policy, and corporate compliance, Professor Thorpe is currently focusing her research and writing on legal and policy issues related to the impact of health reform implementation on health care quality, delivery, and payment with particular emphasis on health information law and policy.  In addition to her faculty appointment, she also served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from July 2012-15.

Prior to joining GW in 2009, Professor Thorpe served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Policy for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she was responsible for matters related to the Agency's crosscutting policy and strategic planning particularly focusing on emerging issues in healthcare delivery and financing.Professor Thorpe's previous experience includes policy development for the medical device industry, including serving as a regulatory liaison to CMS in her role as Associate Vice President for Payment and Policy at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). Prior to joining AdvaMed, Professor Thorpe practiced health care law providing counsel to a broad range of providers, manufacturers, and suppliers concerning transactional, corporate compliance, and other regulatory matters.

Current Research

Professor Thorpe's research focuses on the intersection of health care law and policy in the areas of health care delivery systems and financing with a particular focus on Medicare and Medicaid, health information technology and privacy and security of health information, performance measurement and improvement, and medical innovation. Other areas of focus include fraud and abuse and healthcare corporate compliance.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Princeton University, 1995
  • Juris Doctor, Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1998

Classes Taught

  • PubH 6315: Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • PubH 6399: Healthcare Quality and Health Policy
  • PSHC 6201: Introduction to Healthcare Corporate Compliance
  • PSCH 6202: Compliance with Specific Laws and Regulations I
  • PSCH 6204: Compliance with Specific Laws and Regulations II
  • PSCH 6206: Case Studies in Health Care Corporate Compliance