Heather Skelton

Heather Skelton Charlotte healthcare attorney
 
704.335.0350 phone
704.390.7042 direct
704.390.7052 fax
heather@gardnerskelton.com
 
Attorney at Law

Heather Skelton has focused her practice exclusively on the health care industry. She began her career in-house in at a managed care organization, and then opened her own practice to fulfill a need for advice and counsel on the complex regulations and nuances of healthcare. Heather represents medical practices, individual physicians, and those in the health care industry.

Heather advises on a variety of healthcare issues including:

  • Increasing commercial payor reimbursement
  • Payor dispute appeals
  • Practice start-ups
  • HIPAA compliance plans, risk assessments, and training
  • Compliance with state and federal healthcare laws, including Stark, Anti-kickback, and the False Claims Act
  • Corporate compliance plans, including OIG and Medicare compliance
  • Physician employment agreements with a private practice or a health care system
  • Managing employee legal issues in a medical practice
  • Guidance regarding the Medical Board Position Statements
  • Responding to patient complaints
  • Contract drafting and/or negotiation of various transactional matters, including commercial leases, vendor contracts, and electronic health records license agreements

Heather established her practice out of a desire to be an advocate and protector for medical practices and physicians who are encumbered with the day-to-day hassles of rules, regulations, and payment frustrations.

Heather is a frequent speaker to local and national specialty healthcare groups.

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Regulation and Compliance
  • Physician Practices and Corporations
  • Physician Employment and Labor
Industries Served
  • Health Care Providers
  • Heath Care Vendors
Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 1992
Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
Professional Affiliations
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Community Involvement
  • Board Member, American Institute of Healthcare Compliance
  • Reading Tutor, Myers Park Traditional School