Laura B. Morgan
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Laura B. Morgan

Associate
morgan.laura@dorsey.com

Overview

Laura provides regulatory advice and transactional support to healthcare industry clients, including health systems, hospitals, medical practices and physician practice management organizations.

Laura counsels clients regarding compliance with the federal anti-kickback statute (AKS), Stark law, Medicare reimbursement issues and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She has assisted clients with identifying and addressing physician compensation arrangements that potentially implicate the Stark law and/or AKS, including self-disclosure of such arrangements to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Laura also regularly represents clients seeking asylum and participates in the Firm’s International Human Rights Team.

Prior to joining the Firm, Laura was an associate in the health industry practice group of a large Chicago-based law firm. While in law school, Laura was a Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy fellow, the editor at large of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and an editorial staff member of the Annals of Health Law. She also served as a legal extern in the Office of General Counsel at a large Chicago health system. Prior to law school, Laura worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Compensation and Pension Benefits Division.

Education & Admissions

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (J.D., 2012), magna cum laude

Bethel University (B.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, 2005), summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Illinois

Experience

Representative Work

  • Identified violations of the Stark law by target entities during due diligence and advised regarding self-disclosure of such violations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Assisted client with a self-disclosure to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding physician compensation arrangements potentially implicating the Stark law and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)
  • Assisted client with a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to a self-disclosure and qui tam actions regarding physician compensation arrangements potentially implicating the Stark law
  • Prepared and advised regarding comprehensive Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program implementation materials for multiple clients
  • Provided counsel related to federal health care program fraud and abuse and Medicare reimbursement matters to provider organizations and private equity firms in acquisitions of hospitals and single- and multi-specialty physician group practices
  • Assisted client with successfully obtaining grant of asylum in the United States

News & Resources

Articles

CMS Issues Explanatory Guidance on Stark Law Blanket Waivers
OIG Initiatives to Ease Provider Burdens Related to COVID-19
Stark Law Blanket Waivers Related to “COVID-19 Purposes” Announced
New CMS COVID-19 Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
CMS Announces Relief for Participants in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19
2020 CPI-U and DHS Code List Updates Posted on CMS Website
CMS Finalizes Changes to the Stark Advisory Opinion Regulations; 2020 DHS Code List and CPI-U Updates
Sweeping Proposals Issued By CMS To Revise Stark Law Regulations
Sweeping Proposals Issued By OIG To Make Changes To The Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors And Add An Exception To The Civil Monetary Penalty Law Governing Beneficiary Inducements
The “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” – Overview and Links to Further Resources from Dorsey & Whitney
A Massive Number of New Health Law Regulatory Proposals as Part of the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care”: Proposed Changes to the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Beneficiary Inducement CMP, Privacy Laws Governing Substance Use Disorder Records, and the Stark Law Advisory Opinion Process
Proposed Drug Rebate and PBM Service Fee Regulations Abandoned by Administration
The Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA): A New Federal Kickback Law Applicable to All Payors
CMS “Actively Working” on Stark Law Reforms to be Issued Later this Year; “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” Continues
OIG Seeks Public Input on Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducements CMP as part of the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care”
Calls for Modernizing the Stark Law Continue; CMS Seeks Public Input on Stark Law Reforms
Significant Changes in Healthcare Laws Enacted Through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: Stark, Civil and Criminal Penalties, Telehealth, ACOs and More
Stark Law Reform a Focus of Recent Regulatory and Legislative Initiatives; 2018 DHS Code List and CPI-U Updates
Creation of Health Care Fraud Unit in Chicago and Recent “Takedown” Shows Continued Emphasis on Health Care Fraud Enforcement
CMS Issues New SRDP Forms
DOJ Issues New, Practical Guidance on Effective Corporate Compliance Programs
Stark Law Updates in 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
Transitioning from Volume to Value: Medicare’s New Physician Payment Program
Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of “Implied Certification” Under the False Claims Act: Impact on Providers
Contributor, The Stark Law Explained: A Comprehensive Guide for the Health Care Industry, Attorneys and Compliance Professionals (Daniel H. Melvin II)

Industries & Practices

  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Transactions & Regulations

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Health Law Association Leadership Development Program – Fraud & Abuse Practice Group (2020)
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (2010 – 2016)
  • National Immigrant Justice Center Junior Leadership Board (2013 – 2016)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law Young Alumni Committee

Accolades

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2017-2019
Laura B. Morgan