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Lyn S. Savoie

Managing Attorney

225.769.7277

lsavoie@bentonlaw.net

Lyn joined Benton, Benton & Associates as Managing Attorney in October 2017.  Prior to joining the firm, Lyn worked as a health care attorney at one of Louisiana's largest law firms for 14 years.  Lyn is a 2003 honors graduate of Tulane Law School, where she was class president and Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review.  Lyn specializes in health care regulatory and transactional matters, such as HIPAA compliance, defense of Medicare and Medicaid audits, and fraud and abuse prevention.

Lyn and her husband, Stephen, have three children.

Representative Experience:

  • Assisted HIPAA covered entities in responding to investigations conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

  • Handled various licensing matters before Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, including assisting adult residential care providers and home and community based services providers with changes of ownership (CHOWs)

  • Advised individuals and entities regarding the applicability of HIPAA/HITECH, including assistance with risk assessments and drafting HIPAA-compliant policies (reviewed and approved by OCR), procedures, and agreements

  • Provided advice to clients on application of the Stark law and the state and federal Anti-Kickback statutes to various proposed business arrangements

  • Represented health care clients on a wide range of regulatory and business matters, including the impact of federal and Louisiana laws on joint venture arrangements

  • Worked on legal team defending qui tam (whistleblower) actions

  • Negotiated settlements of Medicare and Medicaid audits

  • Drafted and negotiated terms of numerous transactional documents on behalf of health care clients, including: professional service agreements, management agreements, medical director agreements, recruitment agreements, and physician employment agreements

Articles, Publications and Presentations:

  • Speaker, Louisiana State Bar Association, "Is Your Law Office HIPAA Compliant?  Steps to Make Sure" (October 2017)

  • OCR Settlement Highlights the Importance of Timely Breach Notification, Louisiana Law Blog, January 23, 2017

  • HHS OCR: Ransomware Attacks Usually Qualify as a HIPAA Breach, Louisiana Law Blog, August 10, 2016

  • OIG Would Not Sanction Arrangement Involving Payment to Excluded Provider for Pre-Exclusion Services, Louisiana Law Blog, February 19, 2015

  • Speaker, Radiology Business Management Association Delta States Conference, “Legal Update” (January 2015)

  • Speaker, Homecare Association of Louisiana/Louisiana Assisted Living Association (HCAL/LALA) Annual Conference, “DHH Licensing and Complaint Surveys” (November 2014)

  • LA. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “CMS and ONC Issue Final Rule Modifying Meaningful Use Requirements” (September 2014)(Republished on the Louisiana Law Blog)

  • Louisiana Law Blog, “OIG Allows Medigap Policy to Provide Premium Credits for Network Hospital Patients” (February 2013)

  • Louisiana Law Blog, “HHS Launches Website to Provide Guidance on Mobile Device Privacy and Security” (January 2013)

  • Speaker, Gulf South Technology Solutions Seminar on Electronic Medical Records, “HIPAA, HITECH & Other Legal Concerns” (November 2011)

  • La. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “CMS Issues Proposed Rule Regarding Hospital Patient Visitation Rights” (June 2010)

  • Speaker, Baton Rouge Medical Group Managers Association 2010 Compliance Boot Camp, “HIPAA Compliance Requirements” (March 2010)

  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, “Developments in Health Information Technology” (August 2009)

  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, “HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance” (August 2009)

  • Speaker, Baton Rouge Medical Group Managers Association 2009 Compliance Boot Camp, “Medical Records Compliance” (July 2009)

  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, “HIPAA Privacy Rule, 5 Years Later” (August 2008)

  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, “The Other Rule – HIPAA Security” (August 2008)

  • Speaker, Baton Rouge Medical Group Managers Association 2008 Compliance Boot Camp, “HIPAA Compliance Update 2008” (June 2008)

  • Speaker, Our Lady of the Lake College Physician Assistant Program, “Physician Assistant Licensing Requirements” (March 2008)

  • Speaker, Louisiana Medical Group Managers Association Annual Meeting, “Medical Records Law” (March 2008)

  • La. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “OIG Approves Hospital Payments for Call Coverage and Indigent Care Services” (October 2007)

  • La. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “CMS Issues Revisions to the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Informed Consent” (May 2007)

  • La. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “OIG Issues Advisory Opinion on Hospital Providing Free Dialysis Treatment Services” (February 2007)

  • La. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “OIG Reviews 10 State False Claims Acts, Louisiana Act Falls Short” (January 2007)

  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, “HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations” (August 2006)

  • La. Medical News, “2006 Health Care Legislative Update” (co-author) (Summer 2006)

  • La. Hospital Assoc. Impact Lawbrief, “State Statute Aimed at Non-Solicitation of Patients Found Unconstitutional” (April 2006)

Community Service (Past and Present):

  • St. Joseph Hospice Foundation (Chairman)

  • St. George Catholic Church Choir

  • Cancer Services Capital Chef's Showcase Committee Member

  • Capital Area United Way Strengthening Lives Committee

  • Co-founder of A Place That Warms The Heart Bereavement Center, Shreveport, LA

  • Bereavement Facilitator at The Warm Place Child Bereavement Center, Fort Worth, TX

  • Counselor, Muscular Dystrophy Association Rainbow Camp

  • Grant Writer and PR Advisor, Amigos Unidos Domestic Violence Shelter, Taos, New Mexico

Admissions:

  • Louisiana (2003)

  • United State District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana (2004)

Memberships:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Health Law Section (Secretary/Treasurer)

  • American Bar Association (Health Law Section)

  • American Health Lawyers Association