Lisa T. Thomas


Practicing in health care for nearly two decades, Lisa has been advising physician groups, regional and national hospitals, long-term care facilities, diagnostic testing facilities, surgery centers, and medical equipment suppliers.

In numerous transactions, including reorganizations, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions of health care companies, Lisa has experience with enrollment, licensure and certification of need arising in transactional matters. She also has advised health care providers on matters of corporate governance and formation of new ventures. Lisa has significant experience in drafting executive level employment agreements and advising clients on employment matters, ranging from discrimination claims, whistle-blower claims, and negotiating separation agreements.

She has assisted clients in planning mergers and acquisitions to comply with extensive governmental regulations, including:

  • Multistate acquisition of long-term care facilities
  • Multistate acquisition of surgery centers
  • Acquisition of a large multi-location physician practice
  • Sale of a nonprofit hospital to a for profit health system

Lisa has guided the consolidation of physician groups in various specialties, assisting in the transformation of small practices into large, successful operations.

In addition, Lisa has experience counseling clients on such diverse matters as:

  • Fraud and abuse laws
  • Physician recruitment
  • Medical staff matters
  • Enrollment
  • Provider certification
  • Physician self-referral laws
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Physician and managed care contracts
  • Hospital-physician alignment strategies
  • Joint ventures
  • HIPAA privacy laws
  • State laws applicable to the operations of health care providers

She has guided health care providers through multimillion dollar billing investigations by various agencies of the state and federal government, as well as private payors and she advises clients with regard to voluntary disclosures of overpayments.

Most recently, Lisa has completed Mediator Training with the American Health Lawyers Association with a view toward expanding her negotiating skills as a mediator of health care disputes.

Lisa is a frequent author for American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). She has contributed to AHLA’s 50 state survey of Corporate Practice of Medicine, authoring the chapter on South Carolina law. She authored the South Carolina section of AHLA’s Medicaid Basics resource which was published in 2016.  In addition, Lisa authored a chapter in AHLA’s Medicare Law in 2012.  She was a past contributor to AHLA’s book, The Fundamentals of Health Law. She has also provided legislative updates of South Carolina law for AHLA publications.

Lisa has given many presentations for the South Carolina Hospital Association, and several physician specialty associations regarding health care compliance, Stark and anti-kickback law, and joint ventures.

  • Representation of nonprofit hospital in sale of hospital to for profit chain.
  • Merger of physician practices in various specialties.