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Kelsey U. Jernigan

Kelsey Jernigan is a partner in the firm's Research Triangle Park office. Kelsey's practice focuses on all areas of health care regulatory, compliance and transactional law for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health care providers. Her scope of work concentrates on potential Stark Law and Anti-Kickback matters; hospital contracting with physicians, health care providers and vendors; and assisting clients with various operational matters, including medical staff and risk management issues. Kelsey regularly conducts internal reviews of hospital clients’ financial arrangements with physicians, and has assisted clients in filing disclosures under the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol. She routinely analyzes complicated Anti-Kickback and Civil Monetary Penalty matters, and has drafted and submitted multiple Advisory Opinion requests to the OIG. Kelsey has experience advising hospitals on EMTALA issues, and counseling health care providers through licensure issues and adverse survey citations. In addition, Kelsey also assists in all stages of affiliations and transactions between health care providers, ranging from due diligence, compliance and transactional matters, and preparation and submission of change of ownership filings.

Kelsey served as a judicial extern to the Honorable W. Earl Britt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Prior to attending law school, Kelsey worked for two health care systems in public relations and government affairs. She was also a summer associate in K&L Gates’ Research Triangle Park office in 2012.

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Health Care Law, 2022
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys
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