Betsy D. Cohen

Counsel

Atlanta
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Overview

Betsy Cohen focuses her practice on healthcare law, concentrating on regulatory and government compliance of hospitals, hospital systems, medical facilities and providers. Betsy advises hospital systems and providers on physician employment and other service agreements and addresses licensure and credentialing issues. She has broad legal experience advising clients on state and federal law, state rules and regulations, litigation matters and representing state agencies in administrative hearings involving professional occupational licenses.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Betsy was an Assistant Attorney General with the Georgia Department of Law, serving in the Regulated Industries and Professions Division, where she ensured compliance with the laws and regulations affecting physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers, along with many other professionals. She routinely provided legal advice to state professional licensing boards on matters involving licensure applications, investigations, impairment and the extensive regulatory issues that routinely came before the boards.

In addition, Betsy prosecuted disciplinary cases on behalf of the boards in the Office of State Administrative Hearings, the superior courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. She has defended her clients in administrative law matters brought in superior court. Prior to her service with the Georgia Office of the Attorney General, Betsy was the staff attorney for the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

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  • Served as legal counsel for state professional licensing boards, including the Georgia Composite Medical Board and the Georgia Board of Nursing.
  • Provided advice, reviewed proposed board rules for statutory authority and monitored legislation.
  • Prepared hundreds of board orders for mental/physical examinations and negotiated consent orders for multiple licensing boards.
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Experience

  • Served as legal counsel for state professional licensing boards, including the Georgia Composite Medical Board and the Georgia Board of Nursing.
  • Provided advice, reviewed proposed board rules for statutory authority and monitored legislation.
  • Prepared hundreds of board orders for mental/physical examinations and negotiated consent orders for multiple licensing boards.
  • Prosecuted disciplinary cases before the Office of State Administrative Hearings and handled all appeals.
  • Managed and advised the Georgia Composite Medical Board’s wellness committee. Also served as compliance manager, ensuring board oversight and monitoring of all licensees under consent orders or other board directives.
  • Represented departments of social services in New York and Massachusetts in child abuse and neglect cases.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Massachusetts State Bar (inactive)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • New York State Bar (former member)

Prior Positions

  • Department of Law, Atlanta, Georgia: Assistant Attorney General
  • Georgia Composite Medical Board, Atlanta, Georgia: Staff Attorney
  • Division of Professional Licensure, Boston, Massachusetts: Prosecuting Counsel
  • Department of Social Services, Boston, Massachusetts: Assistant Regional Counsel
  • City of New York Child Welfare Department: Prosecuting Counsel

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts [Inactive]

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1987