Emily R. Studebaker
  Attorney

BIOGRAPHY

Emily Studebaker practices exclusively in the area of health law, advising ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices on regulatory compliance and transactional matters. In the area of regulatory compliance, Ms. Studebaker counsels clients on fraud and abuse laws, including the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law as well as state anti-rebate and self-referral laws. She also represents clients in acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures and drafts and negotiates operating agreements, asset-purchase agreements and health care management agreements. Ms. Studebaker assists clients on state licensure as well as accreditation and certification issues. She also assists clients to properly avoid or comply with certificate of need laws and represents clients in certificate of need review and related litigation.

In 2015, Ms. Studebaker prepared briefs amicus curiae to the Washington Court of Appeals on behalf of the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association in The Polyclinic, et al. v. Department of Health of the State of Washington, No. 46937-5-II (2nd Div. 2015), a case involving the applicability of Washington’s certificate of need law to certain expansions and relocations of ambulatory surgery center projects.

In 2009, Ms. Studebaker prepared a brief amicus curiae to the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association in Columbia Physical Therapy, Inc., P.S. v. Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates, P.L.L.C., et al., 168 Wash.2d 421 (2010). In 2006, she prepared a brief amicus curiae to the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Wright v. Jeckle, 158 Wash.2d 375 (2006). These cases involved claims asserted under Washington’s Anti-Rebate Statute and Washington’s corporate practice of medicine doctrine and Professional Services Corporation Act.

Ms. Studebaker works with several medical specialty societies and currently serves as general counsel to the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.

EDUCATION

Duke University, B.S. - 1997

University of Washington School of Law, J.D. - 2001

ADMITTED TO BAR

  • Washington - 2001

memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • American Health Lawyers Association

honors

  • 2009 Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Clutch Player Award