Somer Hayes focuses her practice on health care law, including regulatory, transactional, administrative and litigation matters.
Somer has assisted in representing hospitals, physicians, physician groups, and other health care industry clients in a variety of transactional matters, including the formation of joint ventures, the purchase of facilities and other assets, employment agreements, coverage contracts, business associate agreements, medical office leases, and management services agreements. She has knowledge of and experience with federal and state regulation of the health care industry, assisting in advising clients as they navigate issues related to the Stark law, the federal anti-kickback statute, HIPAA, HITECH, and health care reform legislation. She has also assisted in representing clients in licensing structure via state regulatory authorities. Somer has assisted clients in preventing and responding to investigations, including establishing and maintaining compliance programs. She has also assisted in representing physicians and nurses in professional liability matters, including malpractice defense and licensing board investigations.
Prior to entering private practice, Somer was a registered nurse in various hospital and outpatient settings. She has broad experience with both the clinical elements of the health care industry as well as the practical business elements of providing those clinical services in a highly-regulated environment.