Kristen McDermott Woodrum

Partner

Atlanta
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Overview

Kristen McDermott Woodrum concentrates her practice in the area of healthcare law, including regulatory compliance and transactional matters. Well-versed in the nuances of healthcare law, Kristen anticipates potential issues and provides practical counsel while working with clients to structure complex transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic affiliations.

Kristen also advises clients on day-to-day operational and compliance matters, including fraud and abuse laws, such as the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and the HIPAA; Medicare/Medicaid billing and reimbursement, licensure and accreditation; third-party payor issues; and state fee-splitting, fraud and abuse; and corporate practice of medicine laws.

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  • Represented a multicampus hospital system in its acquisitions of ancillary facilities, including imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers, laboratories, urgent care centers and radiation therapy facilities.
  • Assisted a community hospital in the development of a clinically integrated network of providers, including evaluation of corporate structure and healthcare regulatory issues, and preparation of key documents, such as participation agreements and CIN policies and procedures.
  • Advised a multicampus hospital system regarding physician-hospital arrangements and provided transactional representation in connection with practice acquisitions; employment, medical director, response and call coverage agreements; and other professional services arrangements.
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Experience

  • Represented a multicampus hospital system in its acquisitions of ancillary facilities, including imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers, laboratories, urgent care centers and radiation therapy facilities.
  • Assisted a community hospital in the development of a clinically integrated network of providers, including evaluation of corporate structure and healthcare regulatory issues, and preparation of key documents, such as participation agreements and CIN policies and procedures.
  • Advised a multicampus hospital system regarding physician-hospital arrangements and provided transactional representation in connection with practice acquisitions; employment, medical director, response and call coverage agreements; and other professional services arrangements.
  • Advised a tax-exempt hospital system in evaluation of an ancillary joint venture with physicians and a for-profit management company.
  • Advised private equity clients and institutional lenders regarding potential investments/financing involving healthcare facilities, including analysis of Stark and fraud and abuse issues, licensure, change of ownership (CHOW), and other regulatory considerations.
  • Assisted a self-funded health plan in structuring diabetes disease management program and negotiated relevant agreements.
  • Represented healthcare clients, including manufacturers and distributors, in connection with State Pharmacy Board licensing and regulation requirements.
  • Advised a client in evaluating the applicability of insurance, independent practice association and independent adjuster licensing requirements and assisted in the successful defense of a Department of Insurance disciplinary proceeding.
  • Provided general and healthcare representation of large physician group practices and physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers, including preparation of governance documents, day-to-day operational and regulatory advice on healthcare issues, and assistance in structuring services agreements with hospital systems.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, Program Planning Committee (2016, 2017)
    • Behavioral Health Task Force
      • Vice Chair of Strategic Planning and Special Projects (2015)
      • Vice Chair of Education (2013 to 2015)
    • Business Law and Governance Practice Group, Leadership Development Program (2013 to 2014)
  • Georgia Bar, Health Care Section
  • South Carolina Bar, Health Care Section
  • Leadership Charleston (2007 to 2008)
  • Atlanta Young Professionals in Healthcare Network
  • Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory (RAISE) Forum, Advisory Board

Prior Positions

  • McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP: Associate
  • Buist Moore Smythe McGee P.A.: Associate
  • South Carolina Department of Mental Health: Clinical Counselor
  • Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc.: Case Management Team Leader

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2005
  • M.B.A., Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, 2005
  • B.A., Clemson University, 1996