Heather Skelton

Heather Skelton Charlotte healthcare attorney
704.335.0350 phone
704.390.7042 direct
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
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 1992
  • 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
  • Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 3
Speaking Engagements
  • American Institute of Healthcare Compliance, “EHR: The Medical Record as a Legal Document,” October 2019.
  • Charlotte Area Health Education Center, “What Makes a Good Payer Contract,” November 2018.
  • NC Health Information Management Association meeting, “What Is Part-2 and How Does It Apply to You?: Protecting the Privacy of Substance Abuse Records,” October 2018.
  • Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, NC Pediatric Society, “What to Look for in a Good Contract,” April 2018.