Sandra T. Johnson


Sandy Johnson helps clients navigate state and federal health care law as applied in transactional, operational, compliance, and other matters. She brings a unique perspective to her health care law practice, having served as CEO of a hospital system prior to her legal career.

Sandy advises hospitals and health systems, physicians and group practices, clinical laboratories, long-term care providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and durable medical equipment manufacturers/distributors, retail pharmacies, rural health centers, federally qualified health centers, and other health care providers and suppliers on a broad range of issues in the context of governance, operational compliance, and corporate transactions. As a result of having served as in-house general counsel to two large hospital systems, she understands what providers need from their counsel.



  • Board matters, including Board duties, conflicts of interest, nonprofit concerns, intermediate sanctions, open meetings, and sunshine laws.
  • Medical staff matters, including credentialing, peer review, and risk management.
  • Affiliations of all types, including co-management arrangements, network formation, and combinations among hospitals, physicians, and other providers.
  • Compliance and risk management, including QA/QI, clinical, billing and reimbursement, cost reporting, and internal audits.
  • Fraud and abuse and other healthcare laws, including the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Internal and external investigations, including self-reporting.
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and other public and private payer reimbursement issues.
  • Standard and nonstandard contracts, including vendor and supplier relationships.
  • Hospital and Professional Licensing and Accreditation, including survey and certification.

Memberships & Awards


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Georgia, Health Law Section
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Health Law Section

Resources & Ideas




Georgia State Courts

Georgia Supreme Court

Tennessee State Courts

United States Court of Appeals

United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia

Washington State Courts

Outside The Office