For hospital systems, home health and hospice, physician groups, dental organizations and other healthcare providers, Lauren Gaffney analyzes and counsels clients on the regulatory requirements and operational impacts related to day-to-day operations, including those related to fraud and abuse. Lauren also focuses on internal investigations, which involve responding to governmental inquiries regarding potential regulatory, compliance and clinical issues.
Recognizing that the landscape of healthcare law is constantly changing, Lauren advises clients on business decisions related to delivering superior patient care, within a heavily regulated industry. Her experience includes former positions as operations counsel intern for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA Inc.) and as an intern for Vanderbilt University Risk and Insurance Management.
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Health Care Compliance Association
Nashville Health Care Council — Leadership Health Care
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Emerging Leaders — Class of 2014
Lead counsel to West Tennessee Healthcare in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON) to convert its existing hospital-based outpatient surgery center to a freestanding multi-specialty surgery center that will provide state-of-the art services
Lead counsel to a Memphis-based children’s research hospital in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON) to initiate home health services
Lead counsel to Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to open a state-of-the-art opioid treatment program (OTP) facility in suburban Nashville, Tennessee
Lead counsel to Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to open a state-of-the-art opioid treatment program (OTP) facility in Cleveland, Tennessee
Served as lead counsel to BriovaRx Infusion Services in obtaining a Certificate of Need to expand services in Middle Tennessee
Co-counsel to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to initiate radiation therapy at its hospital campus located in Germantown, Tennessee
Served as lead counsel to Radiology Alliance – an affiliate of MEDNAX, Inc. – in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to implement a new, state-of-the-art outpatient diagnostic imaging center in Metropolitan Nashville area
Successfully defended a number of clients across industry sectors, including hospitals, physician practices, hospices, home health agencies and DMEPOS suppliers, in appealing audit results where statistical sampling was used to calculate to extrapolated overpayment demands.
Currently serve as outside counsel for one of the largest national hospice providers, handling audit response issues and appealing unfavorable audit results, which has resulted in overturning millions of dollars in overpayment demands.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) — Fellow (2021)
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2014-2020)
Scholastic Excellence Award — Health Law & Policy; Professional Responsibility
Vanderbilt Law Review — Notes Editor
Professional Road Cyclist (2002-2005)
Collegiate National Cycling Championship (2003)