Arent Fox partner Jacques Smith, who heads the firm’s complex litigation practice and co-chairs the firm’s Investigations Group and is recognized as a leading False Claims Act practitioner, said the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and ascent of new leadership at the Department of Justice have created new challenges for the nation’s health care industry.

Smith, who is based in Washington, D.C., recently shared some of his insights with The following questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity, with some explanation where necessary.