Drawing on her business, policy, and legal background, Laura Little assists clients in navigating the ever-changing regulatory health care landscape. Laura’s practice centers on representing physicians, hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers across the healthcare continuum in a variety of regulatory and transactional matters, including: 
  • Structuring hospital-physician relationships 
  • Health care mergers and acquisitions 
  • Regulatory matters impacting daily hospital operations 
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement guidance/disputes  
  • Stark and Anti-kickback Statute compliance 
  • Draft physician and other provider contracts (employment, services, call coverage agreements, etc.)  
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Advise on scope of practice for midlevels and other providers
  • Facility licensure matters for hospital and long-term care providers, including licensure transfer  (Hospital, ASC, SNF, ALF, PCH, ILF, Hospice, Home Health, Pharmacy)
  • Telehealth  
Laura enjoys analyzing the unique operational issues that hospitals and large health systems face in providing patient care and finding workable solutions. She has experience in counseling physician practices and hospitals on matters such as physician employment agreements, services agreements, independent contractor agreements, telehealth services agreements, and practice acquisitions. Laura also provides strategic counsel to clients regarding innovative health care technologies, such as telehealth. 

Before entering law practice, Laura worked in public policy in Washington, D.C. and New York City advocating for the interests of clients spanning numerous industries on domestic and foreign policy matters. During law school, Laura was awarded a Fellowship with the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys (GAHA). In this role, she assisted in-house counsel for the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta with regulatory and reimbursement matters impacting daily hospital operations.
 
  • Represented large orthopedic practice group in its purchase of an independent physician practice group and associated physician employment.
  • Represented single-specialty, physician-owned ambulatory surgery center in its sale to a large multi-state health system.
  • Structured launch of new behavioral health service line for psychiatric chronic care management (CoCM) services and behavioral health integration (BHI) services and associated vendor relationship for large health system to ensure compliance with state and federal law and Medicare reimbursement requirements.
  • Advise various hospitals and physician practices on daily regulatory compliance and operational matters.
  • Structure telehealth service agreement between large acute care hospital and smaller hospital located in a different state for critical care and nursing services.
  • Advise physical therapy group on launch of operations in new state and prospective business structure.
  • Secondment with large non-profit, faith-based health system handling daily physician contracting matters and related operational and compliance issues for hospitals and related facilities in three states.
  • Assisted in restructuring a multi-campus hospital system from hospital authority status to not-for-profit status, including due diligence, regulatory filings (state and federal), and advising on structure from a licensure perspective.
  • Assisted in establishing service line for large regional hospital system.
  • Assisted in the representation of a large, national nursing home chain in the acquisition of another large nursing home chain with locations in all fifty states in a transaction with a purchase price in excess of $1 billion, particularly with respect to continuation of licensure and Medicare/Medicaid provider enrollments.
  • Represented physicians and hospitals in negotiating physician employment arrangements and independent contractor arrangements with physicians.
  • Represented large not-for-profit health systems in physician practice acquisitions, including regulatory research to analyze the operational practices of hospitals and health systems from a Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement perspective.
  • Draft vendor agreement with telemedicine services provider for local pediatric physician practice.
  • Due diligence on behalf of the seller of a national retailer in an acquisition with a $600 million purchase price.
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Getting Kids the Care They Need: Peachcare and Medicaid Appeals Manual For Attorneys
(Georgia Appleseed)
February 2021
eAlerts Updates
November 2019
eAlerts Updates
August 2019
eAlerts Updates
August 2016
eAlerts Updates
July 14, 2016
eAlerts Updates
June 22, 2016
eAlerts Updates
February 4, 2016
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Initial Results Under CMS' Value Based Payment Modifier Program Forecast Significant Changes For Physician Reimbursement
Lexology
March 24, 2015
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CMS Proposes Expanded Bundled Payment System For Outpatient Hospital Services
Lexology
July 21, 2014
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Omnicare Settlement Suggests Greater Anti-Kickback Scrutiny of Providers' Supply Agreements
Lexology
July 15, 2014