Biography

ELIZABETH SCAROLA is an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the St. Petersburg office of Epstein Becker Green. She brings an insider’s perspective to her health care practice. In addition to her work on strategic, operational, and legal projects for a large, statewide clinically integrated network of hospitals and providers, she has hands-on scientific research experience. Ms. Scarola has conducted independent research in pediatric endocrinology and contributed to such publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association and The New England Journal of Medicine. Her background gives her a deep understanding of health policy, the Affordable Care Act, value-based reimbursement, population health, and translational research.

Ms. Scarola helps health care clients navigate the complexity of implementing strategic and operational initiatives in today’s complex regulatory environment. Her services include:

  • Advising hospital, provider, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturer clients on such federal and state regulatory matters as the Anti-Kickback Statute, self-referral laws, HIPAA compliance, and federal and private payor issues (including bundled payments) and risk-based contracting
  • Guiding clients through strategic affiliations and transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and contract negotiations
  • Drafting and negotiating various contracts, including asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, vendor agreements, physician recruitment agreements, physician employment agreements, and medical director agreements
  • Negotiating clinical trial agreements on behalf of hospitals
  • Counseling clients on corporate governance and compliance matters

Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Scarola was an attorney in the Health Care practice group of a national law firm. Prior to that, she was an instructor for an undergraduate course on health care policy, medical ethics, patient safety, and the Affordable Care Act at the University of Michigan. She holds a Master in Medical Science degree from Boston University School of Medicine and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

In addition to her work at a large clinically integrated network of hospitals and providers in Michigan, Ms. Scarola served as a Legal Extern in the Offices of Corporate Counsel for a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system based in Michigan and an academic medical center in Indiana, where she analyzed a variety of litigation and transactional issues in collaboration with General Counsel. She also externed at a not-for-profit, specialty hospital in Indiana, where she assisted the hospital in enrolling in the state’s Medicaid waiver program.

Ms. Scarola also has been involved in a variety of volunteer initiatives. She is passionate about her work as a Director of Seeds of Hope for La Victoria, Inc., a nonprofit that provides medical assistance to residents of La Victoria, Dominican Republic. She has been involved with the nonprofit since its founding, traveling to the area over 10 times, as well as leading others on medical mission trips to the region.

Representative Experience

  • Advised health system, hospital, physician, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturer clients regarding Stark Law and Anti-Kickback statute compliance
  • Provided hospital and physician clients with legal advice and counseling on potential mergers, acquisitions, and strategic affiliations, including clinically integrated networks and group purchasing organizations, to help them better compete following health care reform
  • On behalf of a hospital, reviewed and drafted various hospital service line agreements and amendments, including emergency, OB/GYN, and radiology agreements
  • Prepared numerous clinical trial agreements, informed consents, and related transaction documents
  • Assisted a hospital with corporate governance issues, including drafting and reviewing minutes
  • Assisted health care providers with privacy law analyses and compliance matters, including reviewing, revising, and drafting business associate agreements
  • Counseled physician clients and assisted in negotiating physician employment contracts, including practice sales and employment relationships

Pro Bono Work

  • Advised, counseled, and advocated on behalf of young adult transitioning out of foster care system in Florida. (2018)
  • Prepared organizational documents and an IRS 1023 tax-exemption application for a student volunteer organization in Michigan. Tax status was obtained. (2017)
  • Prepared organizational documents and an IRS 1023 tax-exemption application for an organization in Florida that helps veterans physically, financially, nutritionally, and occupationally. Tax-exempt status was obtained. (2015)
  • Prepared organizational documents and an IRS 1023 tax-exemption application for an astronomy club in Indiana. Tax-exempt status was obtained. (2013)
Education
  • University of Michigan (M.H.S.A., 2016)
  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2014)
    • Co-Founder and President, Notre Dame Health Law Society
  • Boston University School of Medicine (M.A., with honors, 2010)
    • Grant Recipient, National Institute of Health
  • University of Notre Dame (B.S. and B.A., 2008)
    • B.A. with honors
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts
  • New Jersey State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, West Florida Chapter, Board Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Florida Bar Association, Health Law Section, Co-Editor, Health Law Updates
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Healthcare Section
  • The Junior League of Tampa, Girl Power Committee, Chair
  • The New Jersey Bar, Health Law Section
  • Notre Dame Law Club of Tampa Bay, Co-Founder and Co-Chair
  • Read to Dream, Reader
  • Seeds of Hope for La Victoria, Inc., Board of Directors, Chairman