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Laura Johnson Evans

Laura Johnson Evans

Partner

T (843) 300-6634/(864) 751-7734
F (843) 300-6734
Overview

Clients call on Laura when they need a health care lawyer who is experienced in the everyday, operational aspects of the industry.  After litigating complex health care, toxic tort, and product liability cases for seven years, Laura served as in-house counsel for Roper St. Francis Healthcare, a Charleston-based health care system including two acute care hospitals, as well as numerous ancillary facilities and physician practices.  While in-house, she oversaw a wide variety of corporate matters including corporate contracting, certificate of need, physician integration, HIPAA/privacy, corporate compliance, and medical staff issues.  She also participated in risk management, bioethics, and payor contracting matters.  The health care system was self-insured, with a self-insured trust, which impacted the reserving and handling of the system’s litigation matters, all of which she oversaw.

After serving in-house, Laura re-entered private practice and dedicated herself to providing counsel to a wide variety of health care providers, though she still litigates non-health care cases for long-time clients.  Because she has such a wide variety of provider clients, her work is rich and varied. Laura is also certified as a mediator/arbitrator in the State of South Carolina, an American Health Lawyers Association certified neutral, and a Fellow of the Furman University Riley Diversity Institute.

Achievements
  • Fellow, Furman University Riley Diversity Institute
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

 AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Experience

Representative Work

Administrative/regulatory/accreditation:

  • Certificates of need for acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and imaging facilities
  • Non-applicability determinations for various facilities, including medical office building projects, renovation projects, equipment projects, and hospital closures
  • Defended multiple certificate of need and exemption challenges related to South Carolina facilities
  • Advised hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency/urgent care centers, skilled nursing centers, and birthing centers on licensure and certification issues
  • Assisted physicians, nurses, social workers, substance abuse counselors, and opioid treatment centers in licensure and certification matters, including appeals of license denials and adverse licensure actions
  • Resolved disputes over survey or site visit processes and findings, including licensure, life safety, certification, and construction surveys
  • Advised regarding ramp down and closure process for three acute care hospitals
  • Led response to "immediate jeopardy" notification to acute care hospital
  • Assisted hospital and skilled nursing facility clients with responses to statements of deficiencies in state licensure, CMS, and accreditation surveys
  • Provided advice on COP compliance, including drafting of plans of correction, responding to statements of deficiency, and managing immediate jeopardy situations
  • Led or participated in Joint Commission and DNV survey teams, including preparation and on-site response

Fraud & Abuse:

  • Advised physician groups, hospitals, and other health care providers on joint venture and other arrangements with health care entities
  • Advised physicians and hospitals on Stark law exceptions for wide variety of transactions and arrangements
  • Defended laboratory during DOJ investigation into business arrangements with referring physicians
  • Defended physician group during DOJ/DEA dispensary investigation
  • Assisted hospital and physician groups in responding to 340B, ZPIC and RAC audits
  • Assisted hospital and physician clients in submitting voluntary repayments to federal health care programs following discoveries of overpayments
  • Provided advice regarding potential relationships between referral sources

Physician-specific issues (physician practice management, contracting, integration):

  • Advised on the formation of hospital networks
  • Assisted physician groups on operations, business and regulatory issues
  • Advised on terminating physicians who are exhibiting quality of care issues
  • Provided guidance on medical staff issues and employed physician contracting
  • Drafted or reviewed physician PEAs and mid-level EAs
  • Provided risk management and compliance training for physician groups
  • Advised on crisis management, HR, behavioral issues
  • Negotiated and drafted service line co-management agreements
  • Drafted administrator employment agreements
  • Drafted and negotiated various agreements with physicians and physician groups, including employment, independent contractor, call coverage, recruitment, services, practice formations, practice buy-ins and buy-outs (and associated disputes), as well as office or equipment leases and subleases

Risk Management/Other

  • Act as outside general counsel to hospitals
  • Act as advice counsel on operational issues to various providers
  • Perform compliance surveys for various providers
  • Perform risk management surveys
  • Perform medical staff and non-physician staff training on a variety of subjects
  • Perform medical staff committee training on a variety of subjects
  • Advised on drafting of various legislation affecting health care providers, including medical malpractice tort reform, notice of intent process, birth center accreditation, peer review

Experience

  • Certified as a mediator/arbitrator in the State of South Carolina
  • Certified neutral by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • Co-Author, "Coronor’s Inquests:Alive and Well In South Carolina", The Defense Line (SCDTAA), Fall 2015

Presentations

  • Carolinas Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, Fall 2015, Certificate of Need and Other Regulatory Updates "It Was the Best of Times…It Was the Worst of Times"
  • Presenter Physician Contracting, Medical University of South Carolina, Various Residents and Follows graduating classes
  • Adjunct Presenter, "Introduction to Health Care Management Ethics & Law", Citadel MBA Program
Industries
Education
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., International Studies, 1991
Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina, 1994
Affiliations
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar (Executive Council, 2001-2002)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Society of Industry Leaders
  • Ellevate Charleston (Executive Counsel)
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Women’s Leadership Council
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