Attorneys

Attorneys

Gabriela Sanchez

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2172 | sanchezg@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Gabi Sanchez represents long term care, senior housing, home health and hospice providers in business, regulatory and litigation matters. She routinely advises long term care clients on contentious resident issues including resident transfers, compliance with resident rights, resident capacity concerns, disputes with residents and family, and collection of accounts receivable from various pay sources. She also advises facilities in insurance payment disputes and recoupment issues.

She drafts and provides training regarding admission agreements, resident handbooks and related facility documents. Additionally, she counsels clients on compliance with federal and state laws and regulations governing long term care and senior housing providers.

Gabi provides risk management advice and strategies and defends against agency actions and investigations, including defense of civil monetary penalties, fraud and abuse complaints, and imposition of conditions on provider licenses as well as revocation, denial or non-renewal of provider licenses. Further, she counsels providers with respect to HIPAA/HITECH compliance in various jurisdictions, including Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Montana.

She has experience with the corporate practice of medicine doctrine in the nursing home context, billing and incorporating nurse practitioner services in skilled nursing facilities.

Gabi is a frequent presenter and author for the Oregon Health Care Association.

Professional Experience

  • Sussman Shank LLP
    • Partner (2012-2015)
    • Attorney (2007-2012)
  • Hershner Hunter LLP, Attorney (2004-2007)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics

  • University of Oregon School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (M.S. Candidate, Biological Sciences)
    • BEST Graduate Fellow (1999-2000)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (B.S., Biological Sciences)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Diversity Committee
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Litigation

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Represents Avamere Group of Companies in business and regulatory aspects of long term care
  • Represents multi-national senior living, health care and residential community providers
  • Represents single-facility providers in regulatory, business and resident matters
  • Assisted large senior living provider to incorporate nurse practitioners into their practice, including analyzing corporate practice of medicine issues in four different states
  • Assisted a long term care provide to successfully resolve a complex and multi-faceted case involving license revocation, replacement of a management company, defending against an Oregon Department of Justice Uniform Trade Practices Act investigation, resolution of a related elder abuse litigation, and sale of the facility
  • Drafted admission documents for all types of providers including adult foster homes, assisted living, residential care and skilled nursing facilities
  • Successfully represented providers in complex resident transfer cases involving resident behavioral and/or payment issues
  • Recovered millions of dollars owed to providers from residents, Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial and government related insurance companies
  • Provide effective risk management strategies involving contentious resident issues

Publications

  • “Department of Justice Launches 10 Regional Elder Justice Task Forces,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (April 1, 2016)
  • “Unlawful Trade Practices, Investigations, and Claims: Are Long Term Care Providers at Risk?” Co-author, Lane Powell White Paper (February 12, 2016)
  • “Proceed With Caution: Does HIPAA Apply to Your Business?” Oregon Business magazine, Co-author (July/August 2015)
  • “Ask the Lawyer: I Have Several Residents Who Have Not Paid Their Bill. Do You Have Effective Strategies for Handling Long Term Care Collections?” The HeartBEAT, Oregon Health Care Association (April 2014)
  • “Ask the Lawyer: What Is the Difference Among a Resident Representative, a Health Care Power of Attorney and a General Durable Power of Attorney?” The HeartBEAT, Oregon Health Care Association (March 2014)
  • “Ask the Lawyer: What Is the Difference Between a Personal Representative, a Conservator and a Guardian?” The HeartBEAT, Oregon Health Care Association (February 2014)
  • “Ask the Lawyer: We Currently Do Not Have a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Policy at Our Facility. Should We Have One?” The HeartBEAT, Oregon Health Care Association (January 2014)
  • “Ask the Lawyer: My Resident Owes a Large Past Due Balance. May I Issue a Notice of Transfer or Move out Notice to Move the Resident?” The HeartBEAT, Oregon Health Care Association (October 2013)
  • “Ask the Lawyer: Are You a Covered Entity?” The HeartBEAT, Oregon Health Care Association (July 2013)
  • “Long Term Care Facilities,” Health Law in Oregon, Oregon State Bar Association, Co-author (2012)
  • “What You Didn’t Know About Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure,” Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce (December 9, 2010)
  • “HIPAA Muddies Privacy Waters for Employers,” Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce (July 9, 2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Reefer Madness: Marijuana in Senior Care and Housing,” LeadingAge Oregon Annual Leadership Conference, Co-presenter (September 29, 2016)
  • “Informal Dispute Resolution: Best Practices for Handling IDR and Informal Conference in NF and CBC,” Oregon Healthcare Association Annual Conference, Co-presenter (September 19, 2016)
  • “After Kevorkian: Assisted Suicide Is Alive and Growing,” Defense Research Institute Seminar on Nursing Home/ALF Litigation, Presenter (September 8, 2016)
  • “Right-To-Die Issues in Senior Care and Housing,” LeadingAge Oregon Annual Conference and Exposition, Co-presenter (May 17, 2016)
  • “Right-To-Die Issues in Senior Care and Housing,” LeadingAge California Annual Conference and Exposition, Presenter (May 3, 2016)
  • “Branding: Becoming Visible and the Importance of Self,” National Diversity Council’s 2016 Portland Women in Leadership Symposium, Panelist (April 19, 2016)
  • “Modern Technology in LTC: Uses and Regulatory Implications,” Oregon Health Care Association’s Annual Spring Expo, Co-presenter (March 3, 2016)
  • “Death With Dignity: Right-to-Die Issues in Senior Care and Housing,” The American Health and Law Conference, Co-presenter (February 24, 2016)
  • “Women of Color: Striving for Excellence,” Washington Women’s Conference, Panelist (February 3, 2016)
  • “Marijuana Legalization and Long Term Care in Oregon: Policies and Procedures for Resident Rights and Resident Safety,” Oregon Health Care Association’s 2015 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Co-Presenter (September 15, 2015)
  • “Marijuana: Its Impact on Long Term Care Facilities in Oregon,” Oregon Health Care Association webinar, Presenter (July 10, 2015)
  • Oregon Health Care Association’s Risk Management Conference, Co-presenter (April 29, 2015)
  • “Regulatory Issues: Trips and Traps,” Oregon Health Care Association’s Annual Spring Expo, Co-presenter (March 6, 2015)
  • “Facility Privacy Best Practices: The Intersection of HIPAA & Social Media,” Oregon Health Care Association’s 2014 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Co-presenter (September 23, 2014)
  • “Nuts and Bolts of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act,” Oregon Health Care Association’s 2014 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Co-presenter (September 23, 2014)
  • “Facility Privacy Best Practices: The Intersection of HIPAA & Social Media,” Oregon Health Care Association’s Annual Spring Expo, Co-presenter (March 7, 2014)
  • “The Importance of Admission Agreements,” Oregon Health Care Association Webinar (March 18, 2011)
  • “Admissions: The First Step to Creating a Happy, Healthy, Homelike Community,” Washington Health Care Association’s 2010 Annual Convention, Co-presenter (May 2010)
  • “Legal Solutions for the Business Owners, Credit Manager and Professional” (2009)
  • “Admission Agreements and Collections,” Avamere Training (2008 and 2009)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as an “Oregon Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Health Care (2012-2014)

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group Leadership Development Program (2016-Present)
  • Oregon Health Care Association
  • Washington Health Care Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
    • Health Law Section
    • Debtor/Creditor Section (2003-2012)
  • Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • American Cancer Society
    • Committee Co-Chair, Portland Hope Ball (2010-2014)
  • Treasurer, Iron Ridge Homeowner’s Association
  • Volunteer, Loaves and Fishes Meals on Wheels (2011-2014)
  • Board Member, Touchmark Foundation (2016-Present)
  • Board Member, Mary’s Woods (2016-Present)

Languages

  • Spanish

Gabriela Sanchez

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2172 | sanchezg@lanepowell.com

Date
04.08.2015