Sarah is an active member of the Compliance and Government Investigations practice group at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, with a focus on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse defense.
She has experience in the defense of healthcare companies in False Claims Act qui tam litigation and federal investigations regarding:
- Allegations of overpayment
- Allegations related to hospital admission status
- Allegations related to physician recruitment and lease arrangements
- Allegations related to financial arrangements between hospitals and physician practice groups
- Allegations related to the offer and marketing of health plan benefits
- Allegations related to hospital billing practices
- Allegations related to medical necessity
- Allegations related to off-label marketing
Sarah has defended the owner of a convalescent ambulance service in a federal criminal healthcare fraud prosecution regarding allegations of conspiracy to defraud Medicare and commit false statements.
As part of the firm's defense team, Sarah defends individual company employees in federal investigations and represents clients in voluntary interviews and civil investigative demand depositions of corporate executives appearing before the DOJ.
Sarah also has experience representing healthcare clients, as well as clients from other industries, in commercial disputes and internal corporate investigations.
Prior to Bass, Berry & Sims, Sarah worked as a legal clerk in the Civil Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. She also clerked for the DOJ's United States Marshal’s Service in the Office of the General Counsel. Prior to law school she interned with 5th District of Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, where she graduated summa cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Sarah graduated from The George Washington University Law School, with honors.
Sarah is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association, and American Health Lawyers Association. She is a member of the firm’s pro bono committee, and has represented pro bono clients in a wide array of matters. Sarah is on the second chair Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee. As part of this membership she assists first chair attorneys in the defense of clients accused of federal crimes.