Kara Schoonover is a health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and member of the firm’s Telemedicine & Digital Health and Health Care Industry Teams. She works with hospitals and health systems, physician practice groups, and emerging technology companies across the country. Her work focuses on federal and state regulatory compliance and business issues in health care.
Kara helps entrepreneurs and emerging companies navigate state and federal laws governing telemedicine and digital health, including federal and state COVID-19 public health emergency waivers, telemedicine modalities and technology, mail order pharmacy arrangements, telehealth-based substance use disorder treatment regulations, school-based virtual care programs, scope of practice and supervision requirements, and Medicaid enrollment.
Kara has also handled issues in FDA and government contracting compliance, including accidental and intentional adulteration for food companies, poison packing prevention for drug companies, and international regulations compliance for cosmetic and telemedicine companies. Additionally, she also analyzed burdens for False Claims Act cases, reviewed standards of operating procedures for health care facilities, and consolidated recent Office of the Inspector General opinions.
Before joining Foley, Kara held a clerkship for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) where she worked extensively on exclusion appeals, self-disclosures, corporate integrity agreements, and reportable events. She also held an internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri.
Telemedicine, Telehealth, Virtual Care, Digital Health
“Foley’s Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, which states: “Commentators describe the firm as ‘a market leader in telemedicine issues.’ ‘This is the Dream Team.’ " (Florida, 2020).
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Education and Professional Affiliations
Kara received her law degree (with honors) from Georgetown University, where she was a Resident Fellow and the Executive Editor for the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Food and Drug Law Journal. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University (B.S., summa cum laude), where she was President of the National Residence Hall Honorary and a member of Alpha Delta Pi.
Kara has been a member of the American Health Lawyers Association since 2016 and is part of the leadership development program working with the Tax & Finance Practice Group within this association.
Pro Bono Service
Kara has participated in pro bono work at Foley & Lardner LLP by researching and drafting green card applications as well as estate planning documents. Additionally, she spent a week participating in pro bono work in the criminal law division of the Legal Aid and Defenders Association in Detroit, Michigan; while there, she researched and drafted a memorandum on first amendment free speech and developed exhibits for a week-long attempted murder trial.