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Carolyn Fixel Merritt

Of Counsel
+1.919.466.1246
Fax +1.919.516.2046
Ms. Merritt focuses her practice on a variety of health law issues, including health care regulatory, compliance and operational issues. She has experience representing hospital clients in the preparation, review and negotiation of health care contracts, including contracts with physicians. Ms. Merritt has also assisted hospitals and other health care providers with due diligence, regulatory and operational issues associated with changes of ownership. In addition, she regularly advises clients as to compliance with state and federal fraud and abuse laws, physician self-referral laws, EMTALA, health care privacy laws and reimbursement issues.Ms. Merritt provides guidance to her health care clients in a variety of health law matters. She focuses her practice on a multitude of health law issues, including health care regulatory, compliance and operational issues. She has demonstrated expertise in understanding the complex issues hospital clients face in the preparation, review and negotiation of an extensive variety of health care contracts, including physician employment agreements, professional services agreements, management agreements, and physician recruitment agreements, and is able to clearly define its impact to her clients. Ms. Merritt regularly assists health care clients with due diligence, regulatory, contractual and operational issues associated with change of ownership. Ms. Merritt also has experience counseling hospital clients with comprehensive audits of their financial relationships with physicians, and has worked with clients in filing disclosures under the Self Referral Disclosure Protocol. In addition, she educates clients as to compliance with state and federal fraud and abuse laws, including the anti-kickback statute and Stark Law, EMTALA, health care privacy laws, reimbursement, and risk management issues.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • Regularly assists institutional health care clients with compliance reviews related to physician compensation
  • Assists with the filing of disclosures under the Self Referral Disclosure Protocol
  • Extensive experience assisting clients with due diligence and regulatory issues assicated with mergers and acquisitions within the healthcare industry.
  • Regularly assists clients with drafting and negotiation of physician and other healthcare agreements, including:
    • Physician employment agreements;
    • Professional service agreements;
    • Management agreements; and
    • Physician recruitment agreements
  • Advises clients regarding EMTALA.
  • Advises healthcare clients regarding privacy issues.