Laurice Rutledge Lambert

Associate

Atlanta
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Overview

Laurice Rutledge Lambert focuses her practice on healthcare law, advising healthcare providers on regulatory and compliance matters and structuring complex transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic affiliations. She develops strategies and solutions that assist clients in navigating complex statutory and regulatory requirements while effectively and efficiently meeting clients' business objectives. Additionally, Laurice routinely advises clients on federal and state fraud and abuse issues, Medicare, Medicaid and third-party billing and compliance requirements, state licensure and accreditation matters, and structuring arrangements with third parties (such arrangements include, billing services, management services, consulting services, vendor services and physician personal services).

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Compliance
  • Assisted a healthcare provider in its disclosure of violations of the federal Stark law to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Advises institutional healthcare facilities, physician practices and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, in particular payment reform initiatives and the requirements for nonprofit hospitals under Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Assisted an academic medical center physician group and two FQHCs in forming an accountable care organization in accordance with the guidelines set forth under the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Transactional
  • Assisted client in the transfer, lease and management for three state-run hospitals. 
  • Advises large hospital systems on structuring strategic affiliation and joint-venture arrangements with physician practices. 
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Experience

Compliance
  • Assisted a healthcare provider in its disclosure of violations of the federal Stark law to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Advises institutional healthcare facilities, physician practices and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, in particular payment reform initiatives and the requirements for nonprofit hospitals under Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Assisted an academic medical center physician group and two FQHCs in forming an accountable care organization in accordance with the guidelines set forth under the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program.
  • Assisted a large discount-coupon company in an analysis of the laws and regulations governing consumer discount coupons for certain cosmetic healthcare services in all 50 states.
  •  Advised a medical device company on the applicability of, and the company's compliance with, the federal Medical Device Excise Tax.  
Transactional
  • Assisted client in the transfer, lease and management for three state-run hospitals. 
  • Advises large hospital systems on structuring strategic affiliation and joint-venture arrangements with physician practices. 
  • Advises large hospital systems on the acquisition of ancillary outpatient services, including ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, clinical and pathology laboratories, and other service lines. 
  • Managed healthcare regulatory due diligence and advised on pertinent findings in connection with a multi-hospital system merger.
  • Assisted a large hospital system in a $90 million acquisition of twenty diagnostic imaging centers, including running due diligence, drafting and managing a legal and operational closing checklist and working to ensure post-closing regulatory compliance.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Georgia Bar
    • Advocates for Students with Disabilities Committee: Chair
    • Health Law Section
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society: Board of Directors 
  • Health Law Partnership: Advisory Council Member
  • The Law Pipeline Program: Secretary
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys

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Prior Positions

  • McKenna Long & Aldridge: Associate
  • Navigant Consulting: Senior Consultant

Admissions

  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 2010; magna cum laude; Symposium Editor, The Georgia State University Law Review; Moot Court Board
  • B.A., College of William and Mary, 2004, cum laude