Sarah J. Iacomini is a health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm’s Telemedicine & Digital Health and Health Care Industry Teams. Sarah’s practice focuses on federal and state regulatory compliance and business issues for health industry clients, including hospitals, health systems, physician practice groups and emerging technology companies across the country. Sarah is a member of the American Telemedicine Association, serving on the ATA’s Government Relations special interest group.
Foley's Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, which states:
"Foley is the premier firm for telehealth counsel."
"A market leader in telemedicine issues." "This is the Dream Team."
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (2020 - 2021)
Sarah’s telemedicine experience includes providing advice to health systems and established telehealth companies navigating federal and state changes in out-of-state provider licensure and telehealth prescribing modalities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Sarah has also assisted with the launch of emerging digital health company operations in multiple states throughout the U.S. through the use of the friendly-PC model for a direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms, including drafting suites of operational contracts and documents, such as professional service agreements, privacy agreements, technology agreements and patient-facing materials. With existing provider-owned companies, Sarah has drafted agreements facilitating ownership changes and researched corporate practice issues that may arise when hiring new provider types (e.g., when a physician-owned company seeks to hire nurses). After working on Foley’s recently published telehealth commercial payer report, Sarah is also versed in rapid changes occurring to telehealth insurance laws, as state legislatures have recently moved to adopt coverage and payment provisions regarding telehealth reimbursement.
Prior to joining Foley, Sarah was exposed to administrative law through several practical experiences, including internships with the University of Virginia’s Health System. As a health policy & administration bioethics intern, she was mentored by UVA health’s administrator for transplant services and she wrote a paper examining the constitutionality of the organ procurement and transplantation network’s administrative structure. As a clinical bioethics intern, Sarah shadowed a registered nurse in UVA’s medical intensive care unit, at which time she also wrote a paper suggesting an enhanced informed consent process discussing health data privacy risks to preserve the clinician-patient relationship. Additionally, Sarah spent time with the University of Florida Health’s hospital and compliance teams, while interning pro bono over her winter and summer breaks during law school.
Sarah was also an intern at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Kennedy Space Center during her first summer, where she worked on federal regulatory topics, such as analyzing Randolph Sheppard Act administrative decisions on federal compliance and assessing data rights limitations from follow-on small business innovation research funding. Sarah’s second summer was spent with Foley as a healthcare summer associate serving on the Digital Health and Telemedicine Team in which she summarized administrative requirements, tracked legislation concerning telemedicine laws and evaluated impact of revisions to the common rule on clinical research compliance.
The capstone of Sarah’s UVA Law experience was her time in the Child Advocacy Clinic with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren Program, where she participated in both their advocacy efforts—by researching the constitutional right to education in Virginia—and their work fighting juvenile injustice, by meeting with youth at Virginia’s Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center to prepare for their serious offender review hearings.
Before attending law school, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she worked as a project liaison with the Mayor of Boston’s Office of Neighborhood Services to implement a mini-grant competition in low-income areas, such as by facilitating workshops to assist residents in writing grant proposals.
Sarah received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2020), where she was an editor on the managing board of the Virginia Tax Review and the vice president of UVA Law’s Child Advocacy Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) organization. She was also a research assistant for Professor Mildred Robinson and Professor Quinn Curtis during law school.
Sarah earned her master’s degree in management from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business (M.S., 2016). Sarah is also a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (B.A., 2015), where she double-majored in international studies and spanish.