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Sarah Churchill Llamas

Shareholder; Chair, Healthcare Industry Group

Sarah Churchill Llamas is a healthcare and health information technology attorney and a nationally-recognized expert in health IT solutions, having been appointed a Health IT Fellow by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sarah is a shareholder in Winstead's Austin office, and is Chair of the firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group as well as a member of the Corporate Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.

Sarah is widely regarded as being a seasoned business development and operations executive with a strong focus on strategy and a passion for innovation in the healthcare space. She joined Winstead from private industry working for an international healthcare company. Sarah is a solution-oriented attorney who adeptly balances business goals with regulatory requirements.

Representative Experience

  • Healthcare transactions, joint ventures and regulatory compliance including Stark and Anti-Kickback
  • Managed care contracting, including value-based and risk sharing arrangements
  • Accountable care organizations
  • Advising providers, hospitals and businesses on healthcare information technology issues, cybersecurity, and transactions involving electronic health data
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security
  • Cyber-liability Insurance
  • MACRA and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Data privacy and security, health data governance, risk assessment and management
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Corporate practice of medicine issues, including NPHO formations
  • Health Information Exchanges
  • Health IT
    • Mobile health (mHealth)
    • Telemedicine
    • Meaningful Use (Advancing Care Information under the new Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System)
    • Health records
    • Software licensing
    • Clinical decision support
    • Hospital and provider issues with HIT
  • General corporate law, contract drafting and negotiation, formation and corporate governance issues

Sarah is a contributing writer for Winstead’s Destination Health Law blog.