Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Heather’s experience includes the representation of healthcare providers, including hospitals, health systems, specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, multi- and single-specialty medical practices, and a wide variety of healthcare entrepreneurs. During the past several years, Heather has devoted the majority of her time and effort to matters related to hospitals, health systems and group medical practices.
With experience that is both broad and deep, Heather represents healthcare entities in mergers and acquisitions, structuring joint ventures and setting up physician management companies. She negotiates and drafts business contracts, designs and implements compliance plans, provides legal opinions regarding tax-exempt status, and advises on fraud and abuse statutes.
In addition, Heather provides comprehensive legal advice regarding self-referral and Stark implications of hospital-physician relationships, drafts medical staff bylaws, reviews reimbursement related issues, and conducts internal audits and investigations. Moreover, she also drafts and implements HIPAA policies and audits and trains healthcare providers and nonprofit associations regarding HIPAA policies and procedures, as well as provides counsel on a broad range of business and legal issues.