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Sarah Churchill Llamas

Principal
Michael Best Strategies LLC

Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Overview

Sarah is a strategic advisor and partner to her clients. She is a healthcare and health technology attorney passionate about helping her clients grow and thrive in the competitive healthcare space. Leveraging this background, Sarah is a strategic and solution-oriented consultant who adeptly balances clients’ business goals with regulatory requirements.

Sarah is a nationally recognized expert in health IT solutions, having been appointed a Health IT Fellow by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through roles in private practice, as in-house counsel for health companies, and industry experience, Sarah brings comprehensive knowledge and a deep understanding of clients’ challenges to her practice.

Before joining Michael Best, Sarah was a shareholder, and the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group chair, of an AmLaw 200 law firm, in the firm’s Austin office. She was previously an executive with a major global medical diagnostics company, most recently as the company’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development. In earlier roles, Sarah served as General Counsel to a Texas healthcare provider organization, served as COO of a health IT services company, and served as COO of a healthtech startup.

Experience

Sarah represents healthcare and health technology entities in a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, next generation payer contracting, joint ventures, SAAS and KAAS contracting models for health tech companies, telemedicine and care coordination services, biotechnology, medical device transactions, and cybersecurity matters.

Her law practice encompasses the following areas:

  • Healthcare transactions, joint ventures, and regulatory compliance including Stark and Anti-Kickback
  • Managed care contracting, including value-based and risk sharing arrangements
  • Accountable care organizations
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security    
  • Data privacy and security, health data governance, and risk assessment and management
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Corporate practice of medicine issues, including NPHO formations
  • Health Information Exchange and Information Blocking
  • Health IT
    • Mobile health (mHealth)
    • Telemedicine    
    • Health records
    • Managed care contracting'
    • Software licensing
    • Reimbursement models and contracting
    • Clinical decision support
    • Diagnostics    
    • Biometrics
  • Advising providers, hospitals, and businesses on healthcare information technology issues, cybersecurity, and transactions involving electronic health data
  • General corporate law, contract drafting and negotiation, formation, and corporate governance issues

Professional Activities

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Health Committee Chair, Austin Area Research Organization
  • Board of Directors Member, Austin Healthcare Council
  • Board of Trustees Member, Austin-Travis County Integral Care
  • Board Member, Any Baby Can

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