For hospital systems, long-term care providers, physician groups, laboratories 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 Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Health Care Compliance Association
Nashville Health Care Council — Leadership Health Care
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Emerging Leaders — Class of 2014
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.
Represented Pharos Capital Group in its acquisition of Horizon Oncology
Represented Sheridan, the Physician Services division of AmSurg Corp. (NASDAQ: AMSG), in its acquisition of Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, LLC
Successfully defended a home health agency in appealing a $9.3 million extrapolated overpayment resulting from a ZPIC audit
Served as lead counsel to a consortium of charitable foundations in their efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to build a $110 million proton beam therapy facility in suburban Nashville, Tennessee
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2014-2019)
Scholastic Excellence Award — Health Law & Policy; Professional Responsibility
Vanderbilt Law Review — Notes Editor
Professional Road Cyclist (2002-2005)
Collegiate National Cycling Championship (2003)