Elizabeth Sullivan
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Elizabeth Sullivan

Member; Co-Chair, National Healthcare Practice Group

EMAIL esullivan@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5401

Liz is co-chair of the firm’s National Healthcare Practice. She began her legal career in the Healthcare Practice group at McDonald Hopkins and later served as an attorney in the legal department at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation before returning to McDonald Hopkins as a member.   
While at the Cleveland Clinic, Liz provided regulatory advice and transactional guidance to various service lines, including the clinical laboratory, professional pathology, imaging, transplant, and remote and distance health teams.  Over the course of her career, Liz has assisted various types of healthcare providers, including clinical laboratories, hospitals, physician specialty groups, telehealth providers, transplant centers, and surgery centers.
Liz has experience providing regulatory, licensing, compliance, reimbursement, contractual, and corporate guidance to clients. She has advised clients on state professional licensure laws, CLIA standards, state laboratory laws, government and private payor reimbursement policies and billing rules, federal and state fraud and abuse rules and regulations, state telehealth laws, and HIPAA rules and regulations. She has provided assistance to entities during licensure and accreditation surveys, government investigations, and through payor audits and disputes.   
In addition to providing regulatory guidance to clients, Liz is also knowledgeable in evaluating how a business opportunity or arrangement implicates a provider’s unique regulatory framework.  Liz has counseled clients not only on the regulatory aspects of an arrangement as described above, but she is also experienced in reviewing and negotiating relevant contractual and legal documentation in connection with contemplated business arrangements.
Liz earned a J.D. and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, an M.A. in Bioethics and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Case Western Reserve University

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for Crain's Cleveland Notable Women in Law (2018)
  • Selected for Crain's Cleveland Notable Women in Healthcare (2018)

Professional Membership

  • Easterseals of Northern Ohio, Board Member

External Publications

  • Coauthor, “The American Health Care Act (AHCA), GOP Efforts to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act – What Can Healthcare Providers Anticipate Moving Forward?”, The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio, May/June 2017 
  • "Legal Considerations for Pathology and Laboratory Providers”, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Lab Medicine Podcast Series, March 1, 2017
  • "Patient Privacy Breach Attracts National News Coverage," The Dark Report, December 19, 2016


Speaking Engagements

  • "Compliance and Regulatory Issues Associated with the PAMA Statute and the CMS Final Rule for Reporting Private Payer Lab Test Prices: Risks, Consequences, and Often-Overlooked Requirements”, The Executive War College, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2, 2019
  • Panel Moderator, “Anatomic Pathology Groups and Their Labs: Effective Strategies for Maintaining Clinical Excellence and Financial Stability during Disruptive Times”, The Executive War College, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 30, 2019
  • "Your Practice and the Federal Stark, Anti-Kickback and Anti-Markup Rule:  From TC/PC to Hospital Relationships”, American Pathology Foundation Coding & Practice Management, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 15, 2019
  • Co-presenter, "Payor Audits:  Preparing Your Lab”, Cardinal Health Lab Briefings Webinar, February 27, 2019
  • Co-presenter,  “HIPAA Update for the Pathology Practice”, American Pathology Foundation Webinars, November 1, 2018
  • Co-presenter, “Defending Against Payor Audits – Record Requests Through the Appeals Process”, G2 Intelligence - Lab Compliance Essentials 2018, Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 2018
  • “Another Year of Legislative and Regulatory Uncertainty?”, American Pathology Foundation Coding & Practice Management, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 16, 2018
  • Copresenter, "Clinical Laboratories and Payer Scrutiny: Increased Audits, Recoupment Actions, Litigation," Strafford Webinar, February 7, 2018
  • “The Lawyer's Perspective on the Molecular/Genetic Testing Landscape: Priority Issues Involving Managed Care Contracting, Payor Audits, Compliance, Sales Practices, and Fraudulent Marketing Schemes”, The Executive War College, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 4, 2017
  • "The First 100 Days of the New Administration: What We Know and What We Don't", American Pathology Foundation Coding & Practice Management, Atlanta, Georgia, March 27, 2017
  • Copresenter, "Pathology Compliance: Strategies for Success in 2017", American Pathology Foundation Coding & Practice Management, Atlanta, Georgia, March 27, 2017
  • "Compliance Considerations for Clinical Laboratories”, Cardinal Health Lab Briefings Webinar Series, January 25, 2017
  • Copresenter, “Preparing For 2017's Tougher Lab Regulations and New Legal Issues: What Every Lab and Pathology Group Needs to Know to Protect Revenue and Stay Compliant”, The Dark Report Webinar, October 12, 2016