Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he is the department chair for the firm’s Industry Teams Department, responsible for overall strategy and leadership across all industry teams. Prior to that, he served for 8 years as chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team and Health Care Practice. Lawrence represents hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers and a variety of other health care providers. Lawrence's practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; mergers, acquisitions and financings; state regulatory issues including licensing, change of ownership, and CoN/DoN; survey/certification appeals; fraud & abuse/Stark law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards.
Lawrence is the past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Committee. He serves on the editorial boards of The Report on Medicare Compliance, JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; and Medicine & Health/Rhode Island. Lawrence is one of nine members of the Medical Economics' Board of Legal Editorial Consultants and for several years, he has been chair of MCLE's comprehensive Health Law Basics program and the advanced Health Law Conference. He is involved with several not-for-profit organizations as a board member and legal advisor. He has been a co-chair of the Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCN) northeast regional annual meeting for the past decade.
Lawrence Vernaglia is highly respected for his broad and impressive practice, and in recent years has distinguished himself as a go-to name for compliance issues relating to federal healthcare reform. He is described as being ‘of the highest quality in terms of knowledge, responsiveness and business effectiveness.’
- Chambers USA, 2013
Publications and Presentations
Lawrence is the co-editor of the book Healthcare Compliance Professional's Guide to the False Claims Act (2007). He is also the co-editor of the two volume treatise Massachusetts Health and Hospital Law Manual (2004, 2009, 2012). He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on various topics in law and medicine in such sources as AHLA's Health Law Digest and Health Lawyers Weekly; Medical Economics; The Journal of Health Care Finance; The Boston Business Journal; and Health Care Policy Report.
He is a regular lecturer on hospital issues, physicians, long term care, and other topics in law and medicine. Speeches by Lawrence addressed topics such as: accountable care organizations (ACOs); physician/hospital joint ventures; discount/collection policies for uninsured patients; the Anti-kickback Statute; corporate governance for nonprofits; the board of directors’ role in compliance; reimbursement and managed care; and HIPAA.
Lawrence earned his J.D. and his master's in public health from Boston University and his bachelor's degree from New College of Florida. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire.