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 in-house experience in a multi-state health system and her work on strategic, operational, and legal projects for a 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 law and regulatory matters, including the Affordable Care Act, value-based reimbursement, population health, and translational research. In 2019 and 2020, Ms. Scarola was selected to the Florida Rising Stars list in the area of Health Care, and she was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©: “Ones to Watch” (2021) in the field of Health Care Law.

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, medical device manufacturer, and electronic health record vendor clients on such federal and state regulatory matters as the Anti-Kickback Statute, self-referral, and fee splitting laws
  • Guiding clients through strategic affiliations and transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliation agreements, and transactional health care regulatory diligence
  • Drafting and negotiating various contracts, including master service agreements, vendor agreements, bundled payment agreements, managed care agreements, physician recruitment agreements, physician employment agreements, and medical director agreements
  • Advising on issues relating to the conduct of clinical research, including drafting and negotiating clinical trial agreements and facility use agreements, and providing advice related to institutional review board issues, informed consent, FDA Part 11, and data and privacy issues
  • Counseling clients on corporate governance and compliance matters
  • Advising clients on Florida-specific health care regulatory questions related to Florida’s Certificate of Need repeal

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 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 affiliated hospital in Indiana, where she analyzed a variety of 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 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.

Ms. Scarola is frequently asked to speak regarding topics in health care law. As such, she has served as an instructor for an undergraduate course on health care policy, medical ethics, patient safety, and the Affordable Care Act at the University of Michigan; and as an adjunct professor for a graduate course on health care compliance at Stetson University College of Law.

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, medical device manufacturer, and electronic health record vendor clients regarding health care fraud and abuse 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 hospital clients, 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 documents
  • Assisted a hospital with corporate governance issues, including drafting and reviewing minutes
  • Assisted health care providers and pharmaceutical companies with privacy law analyses and compliance matters, including reviewing, revising, and drafting limited data use agreements and business associate agreements
  • Counseled physician clients and assisted in negotiating physician employment contracts, including practice sales and employment relationships

Pro Bono Work

  • Served as attorney ad litem for child in dependency and delinquency proceedings in Hillsborough County, Florida (2019)
  • 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 Health Lawyers Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, West Florida Chapter, Board Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Health Law Section, Co-Editor, Health Law Updates
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Healthcare Section
  • The New Jersey Bar, Health Law Section
  • Seeds of Hope for La Victoria, Inc., Board of Directors, Chairman
  • The Junior League of Tampa, Community Child Welfare Manager
  • Notre Dame Law Club of Tampa Bay, Co-Founder and Co-Chair
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce