Chelsea M. Rutherford - McDermott Will & Emery


Chelsea Rutherford advises a wide range of clients across the healthcare industry on complex regulatory and transactional matters, primarily focusing on healthcare fraud and abuse, billing and reimbursement, and other general compliance analyses. She has devoted much of her practice to physician group practice, transaction structuring and compensation compliance matters, particularly in connection with the federal Stark Law requirements. She also regularly works with physician practice management platforms and practices to tailor physician compensation and compliance plans both in and out of the transaction context.

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  • Assisted health systems, hospitals, physician practices and other suppliers as they manage internal and external audits, investigations, self-disclosures and voluntary refunds
  • Successfully appealed Medicare payment suspensions and other adverse actions for DMEPOS suppliers, clinical laboratory entities, behavioral health providers, emergent care facilities, home health and hospice providers, hospitals and physician group practices

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  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2014 Pro Bono Champion
  • The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Healthcare Law, Washington, DC, 2024


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Food and Drug Law Institute
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities

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Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2014
Columbia University, MS, 2012
University of Virginia, BA, with distinction, 2009

District of Columbia