Smith joins the firm with more than 20 years of legal experience in the areas of hospital operations and health care regulatory compliance. Her practice focus includes experience in the development of medical staff and hospital bylaws; medical staff credentialing, peer review and fair hearings; patient care matters including patient treatment and informed consent issues, advance directives and mandatory reporting requirements; general risk management issues; development of policies and procedures; and scope of practice issues.
Her compliance focus includes assisting with the interpretation and application of EMTALA, HIPAA, the Medicare Conditions of Participation, state licensing laws and regulations and The Joint Commission standards. She also defends physicians in professional licensure cases.
Smith holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing. During the time she practiced nursing, she received certificates for excellence in nursing practice from the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nursing. In the past, Smith has held hospital managerial and administrative positions including director of critical care services, interim chief nursing officer and vice president of regulatory affairs. She also formerly worked in the Survey and Certification Group at Region VII CMS.
Smith received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her B.S.N. from the University of Kansas.