Sidney Welch counsels healthcare, life sciences, and healthcare technology clients in transactional, regulatory, administrative law, and litigation matters on a national basis.
On a transactional front, Ms. Welch advises clients in mergers and acquisitions; integration options; joint ventures; service line agreements; corporate formation, structure, restructuring, and unwinds; corporate governance; equity offerings; employment and independent contractor arrangements; state and federal due diligence; and other general business and operational matters. She also assists clients in structuring transactions and responding to compliance issues associated with federal and state healthcare laws and regulations, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute; Stark I, II & III; the False Claims Act; HIPAA; Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement; voluntary disclosures and repayments; antitrust laws; and state self-referral, fee splitting, certificate of need, and the corporate practice of medicine laws. In administrative and litigation matters, Ms. Welch works with clients on medical staff bylaws; medical staff hearing and disciplinary actions; credentialing; Medicare and Medicaid investigations, audits and appeals; licensure issues; white collar crime defense; and disputes with and among insurance companies, physicians and hospitals. She assists healthcare clients in real estate, tax, technology contracting, intellectual property, and employment matters.
Ms. Welch serves in leadership roles for the ABA Health Law Section, the America Health Lawyers Association, and the American Society of Medical Association Counsel. She is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Georgia Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Georgia Trend Legal Elite. Ms. Welch was recognized nationally by Nightingale’s Healthcare News as an Outstanding Physician Lawyer. She is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.* Additionally, Ms. Welch is a frequent national speaker and author on healthcare topics.
Ms. Welch has been active in leadership and community initiatives. She currently serves on the Board of the YWCA Atlanta. She previously served as a board member of The Link Counseling Center and the Georgia Cancer Foundation, Chair of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s Women in Medicine and Grant-Making Committees, and has held leadership roles as the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Women’s Initiatives of a national law firm. She is a 2011 member of Leadership Atlanta and a 2010 member of Pathbuilder’s Achieva.
Ms. Welch earned a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a Juris Doctorate from Samford University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College.
*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.
Professional & Community Activities
American Society of Medical Association Counsel, Treasurer
American Bar Association, Section of Health Law, Vice Chair ADR & Conflict Management; Governing Council, Member; Past Chair of Physician-Legal Issues Interest Group and Physician Legal Issues Conference, Member
American Health Lawyers Association Physicians & Physicians Organizations Group, Past Vice Chair; Member
Fernbank Corporate Council, Member
Georgia State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor
YWCA Atlanta, Board of Directors, Member