Sarah Swank - Health Lawyer at Ober|Kaler (Washington, DC)

Sarah E. Swank

Principal
seswank@ober.com
202.326.5003
202.336.5203 fax

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
    • Environmental Law Journal
  • Skidmore College (B.A., cum laude, 1996)
    • Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)
    • Periclean (Skidmore Honor Society)

Sarah E. Swank

Experience

Sarah Swank is a principal in the firm's Health Law Group and co-founder of the Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute. She provides advice and guidance on the Affordable Care Act, Stark, antikickback, health information technology and HIPAA privacy, security and breach reporting, clinical research and IRBs, health care transactions, governance, due diligence, EMTALA and compliance. Sarah provides guidance to health care organizations of all types on the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payments and managed care contracts, and she speaks and writes nationally on ACO and other integration models, HIPAA and telemedicine. Sarah works with clients to navigate the complex and changing legal framework facing health care entities today and to guide them through business and strategic planning issues.

Before joining Ober|Kaler, Sarah was Associate General Counsel of Trinity Health, one of the largest health care systems in the US, assigned to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she directed legal affairs, legal staff and budget for the 450-bed hospital. For the nearly eight years that Sarah oversaw the legal department at Holy Cross Hospital, she worked closely with executive leadership, management, privacy officer, the medical staff and the Board of Trustees on various health law, corporate law and compliance issues. Sarah drafted, reviewed and negotiated large hospital-based physician agreements and various other operational contracts (e.g., IT, supply chain, education affiliation, construction, managed care, emergency preparedness), while overseeing the contract management process for over 700 physician and operational contracts annually. She sat on the Board of Directors for an open-MRI joint venture between the hospital and a radiology group and on the hospital’s compliance committee, IRB, safety committee and accreditation leadership committee. She also provided counsel on governance and corporate issues, including forming and advising the hospital’s foundation, creating and dissolving joint ventures and preparing corporate documents. Sarah managed and provided strategic direction to the hospital’s litigation and claims, including such matters as medical staff, employment, privacy, contract, corporate and collections.

Sarah started her health law career at Couch White (now Greenberg Traurig) in the Albany, New York office as a Health Law and Government Affairs Attorney, where she counseled and advocated for a health plan association and provider associations, health plans and IPAs on state and federal legislative and regulatory issues. She also advised clients on HIPAA privacy issues, drafted and negotiated managed care and IT contracts, formed business entities, assisted in the creation of joint ventures, advised on corporate governance issues and conducted venture capital due diligence.

Sarah was selected as a contributing author for "Top 10 Health Law Issues – 2013," an annual look at health law hot topics published by the American Health Lawyers Association. She contributed a piece on quality-based health care models.

Professional Memberships

Community Service

Professional Background

  • Associate General Counsel, Trinity Health (Holy Cross Hospital)
  • Health Law and Government Affairs Associate, Couch White (now Greenberg Traurig)
  • Appellate Court Attorney, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department
Publications & Presentations [View All]
  • ACOs and Health Care Reform 
  • Presenter, "What's Next for ACOs - Managing Financial Risk and Measuring Quality Through Telehealth,"  American Telemedicine Association, 2014
  • Panelist, "ACOs: The Year in Review—Hot Topics, Developments of the Past Year, and Prognostications for the Future," Healthcare Transactions Program, American Health Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Presenter, "ACO 2.0 – The Next Generation: Transforming from Shared Savings and Bundled Payment to the Risk Frontier," Healthcare Transactions Program, American Health Lawyers Association, 2014