Overview Experience Events News Intelligence Lawrence W. Vernaglia Partner lvernaglia foley.com Download vCard Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and serves as chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Industry Team – named “Health Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® on the "Best Law Firms" list (2012 – 2014). Mr. Vernaglia represents hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers and a variety of other health care providers. Mr. Vernaglia'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. He regularly serves as local counsel on health care transactions in New England for multi-state projects. Professional Memberships Mr. Vernaglia is the past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Section (2006-2008 term). He serves on the editorial boards of JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; and Medicine & Health/Rhode Island. Mr. Vernaglia is one of nine members of the Medical Economics' Board of Legal Editorial Consultants and for several years, he has been co-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. Recognition Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list since its inception, an honor received by only 5% of Massachusetts attorneys The Legal 500 recommended him for his work in health care, where clients described him as having “a strong focus advising service providers in major transactions” (2013 – 2016) The Best Lawyers in America© recognized him since 2008 in the field of health care Chambers USA has ranked him regionally in Massachusetts for his health care practice (2008 – 2016) and he achieved a tier 1 ranking in Massachusetts (2013 – 2016) where they said: 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 Ranked nationally by Chambers USA for his work in health care where they described him as "smart, practical, responsive and creative," highlighting his "very impressive range of skills" (2015 - 2016) Publications and Presentations Mr. Vernaglia 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 Mr. Vernaglia 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. Education Mr. Vernaglia 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.