About Katy Pollitt

Sara ("Katy") Pollitt leverages her previous experience in-house to counsel physician practices, health systems, private equity-backed management entities and other health care entities on complex compliance matters and transactions. Whether performing and managing due diligence, conducting research, drafting documents or providing legal guidance, Katy is resourceful, efficient and thorough in helping clients achieve their desired outcomes.

Organized and Tenacious Driving Practical Solutions

Before joining Katten, Katy spent two years in-house as a Legal Fellow at a Chicago-based U.S. News top-ranked academic medical center and health system, where she learned how to provide practical solutions that align with strategic objectives while navigating complex risk during unprecedented circumstances. At Katten, Katy has provided strategic legal support to various health care industry players conducting complex transactions, including private equity-backed management entities, physician practices and health systems, through robust due diligence review and management, in-depth research, drafting documents, and regulatory and compliance guidance. Katy also advises a range of health care provider clients on matters involving the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and other regulatory and corporate matters such as billing compliance, the corporate practice of medicine and licensing.

Katy actively serves in a variety of leadership and educational roles on state and national levels. She is the recipient of the American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section's Emerging Young Lawyer in Healthcare award for her commitment to leadership in her field. In particular, she is the co-chair of the ABA Health Law Section's Technology and Marketing Committee (2023-Present). She was formerly the vice chair for the ABA Health Law Section's Web and Technology Committee and is a member of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys' Symposium Committee.

Katy previously served as an Adjunct Instructor to an academic health center's Health System Management program, where she co-taught a health care law and ethics course to aspiring health care administrators. Katy is committed to supporting the greater legal and health care communities to facilitate knowledge and growth in the legal profession and health care industry.

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Practice Focus

  • Healthcare Providers, including large health systems, physician practices, individual providers, and managed care entities.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Federal and state fraud and abuse compliance, including Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law
  • Health IT and privacy
  • Corporate Practice of Medicine
  • Billing compliance and reimbursement
  • Research and Clinical Trial Compliance

Representative Experience

  • Assisted private equity-backed national management entities in purchase transactions with multiple anesthesia, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine physician practices.
  • Advised national management entity in purchase transactions with multiple concierge medicine practices.
  • Advised and assisted large health system with its affiliation with, and disaffiliation from, various industry partners.
  • Guided multiple physician practices in a variety of specialties in sale transactions with private equity-backed national management entities.
  • Advised healthcare entities through Federal Trade Commission administrative inquiries and investigations pertaining to antitrust and competition.
  • Advised managed care and other health care entities, including accountable care organizations, health systems, and independent professional practices, through complex contracting and regulatory issues.
  • Advised research grant foundation in contracting matters with institutions and collaborative arrangements with other foundations.
  • Represented health system in government advocacy efforts.

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