Heidi A. Sorensen

Of Counsel

Overview

Heidi A. Sorensen is of counsel and a health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Sorensen has extensive experience in health care fraud and abuse and compliance issues. In particular, Ms. Sorensen has worked with medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers and corporate health care providers in the negotiation of False Claims Act settlements and corporate integrity agreements, and the resolution of matters under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law and the Office of Inspector General's exclusion authorities. She is a member of the Health Care and Life Sciences Industry Teams.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Sorensen was chief in the Administrative & Civil Remedies Branch of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Sorensen served as OCIG's coordinator for the Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol and as coordinator for the Physicians at Teaching Hospitals national project. Ms. Sorensen previously served OCIG as senior counsel and as deputy branch chief.

Ms. Sorensen formerly practiced health care and government contracts law in Washington, D.C. with the law firm of Miller & Chevalier. She has experience litigating disputes related to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, with a special focus on federal preemption, cost accounting, and compliance issues. Ms. Sorensen also has served as a legislative assistant and law clerk for the Council of the District of Columbia.

Education

Ms. Sorensen earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude, 1993). While attending law school, she was a notes & comments editor for The Georgetown Law Journal. She earned her bachelor's degree from Colgate University.

Professional Memberships

Ms. Sorensen is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars. She is a long-time member of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, where she has served as co-chair of the Judicial Endorsements Committee, treasurer-elect and treasurer, and co-chair of the Health Law Forum. Ms. Sorensen was the treasurer of the Women's Bar Association Foundation and was also a vice chair for the Debarment and Suspension Committee of the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Section.

Admissions

She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Recognition

Ms. Sorensen is a 2016 recipient of Foley & Lardner’s Carl Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award, which is an annual award recognizing outstanding mentoring to young attorneys by partners and senior counsel.

Publications and Presentations

Ms. Sorensen's publications and speaking engagements include:

  • Contributing Author, “OIG 2015 Work Plan, Part 1: Do fewer projects mean a sharper focus?” HCCA Compliance Today (January 2015)
  • Co-author, "Compliant DMEPOS Telemarketing: Strategic Approaches and Practical Tips," HCCA Compliance Today (June 2011)
  • Panelist, "Regulating Conflicts of Interest in the Healthcare Industry," AHLA Inhouse Counsel Program (June 28, 2009)
  • Panelist, "EMTALA Compliance and the Anti-Kickback and Stark Laws," HCCA Compliance Institute (April 28, 2009)

Representative Matters

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Representing one of the largest health systems in South Florida in a False Claims Act qui tam whistleblower litigation asserting a lack of medical necessity and alleged Stark law violations.
Foley represented Balboa Ambulance in connection with a parallel civil and criminal investigation by the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s Office. Government was looking for a million from our client, but we were able to persuade that $600k was sufficient and obtained a settlement of the False Claims Act case without any admission of liability. Government’s theory was that Balboa swapped discounted rates given to facilities for transports that the facilities were obligated to pay for in return for future Medicare transports which were more profitable. We are still representing the company in connection with the parallel criminal investigation.
Conducted internal investigation triggered by special agent's informal inquiry regarding vendor's billing and coding practices.

Insights

Sorensen Discusses Compliance Considerations for Companies Entering U.S. Market
26 April 2019
Thinkset Podcast
Waltz and Sorensen Quoted in Article on Medicare Compliance Reviews
03 June 2013
Report on Medicare Compliance
Sorensen Quoted on OIG Exclusion Guidance
13 May 2013
Report on Medicare Compliance
Sorensen Quoted on False Claims
19 September 2011
Report on Medicare Compliance
HCCA San Juan Regional Compliance Conference
16-17 May 2019
San Juan, Puero Rico
Florida Hospital Association Health Law Summit
08 February 2017
Orlando, FL
Top Takeaways From CMS' Final 60-Day Overpayment Rule
17 February 2016
Web Conference
American Conference Institute's 13th Annual Drug Pricing Boot Camp
29 April 2014
San Francisco, CA