Christie Kizer Burbank

Christie Kizer Burbank is a Member with the Firm and concentrates her legal practice exclusively in healthcare regulatory and transactional law matters for a broad range of healthcare providers, including facilities, physician groups and individual providers. Specifically, Christie has extensive experience in healthcare contract drafting and negotiations, fraud and abuse analyses, physician self referral issues, HIPAA and privacy issues, subpoenas and other requests for patient records, physician group practice and compensation issues, hospital and physician arrangements, physician recruitment issues, medical staff bylaws and credentialing, joint ventures and management relationships, employment, medical director and specialty services agreements, compliance plan development, licensure, certification and accreditation issues, operational and patient care issues, corporate practice of medicine and fee splitting concepts, walk-in clinics, employee health clinics and wellness programs, clinical research issues and similar matters.

Christie has enjoyed actively serving her local healthcare community in a volunteer capacity (with a special focus on children’s health and well being) as Immediate Past Chair of Erlanger Health System Foundations, a Board Member of the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation, a Board Member of the Creative Discovery Museum, a member of the Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club, and an Ambassador of Siskin Children’s Institute.


Community Involvement

  • Erlanger Health System Foundations Board Member and Council Member, 2012 to present; Board Chair, 2017; Immediate Past Chair, 2018
  • Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club-Member, 2018
  • Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation- Board Member, 2011 to present
  • Creative Discovery Museum- Board Member, 2015 to present; Secretary, 2017 to present
  • Siskin Children’s Institute- 365 Ambassadors’ Club- Member , 2010 to present, Co-Chair, 2012 and 2013
  • Junior League of Chattanooga- Sustaining Member
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lookout Mountain, TN- Youth Educator, 2017 to present

Representative and Published Cases

  • Represented large Tennessee hospital system as healthcare regulatory counsel by (a) conducting analyses of proposed arrangements  between hospital and physicians to determine appropriate structure and compliance with healthcare regulatory laws; (b) preparing and negotiating physician contracts (including employment agreements and professional services agreements); (c) reviewing and  negotiating vendor contracts; (d) setting up contract management procedures to ensure review and compliance of renewing/evergreen  contracts; (e) assisting in the purchase by hospitals of physician practices; and (f) preparing and negotiating various types of management services agreements on behalf of hospital affiliate.
  • Serving as healthcare regulatory counsel for large home health and hospice chain provider in all aspects of Stark and Anti-Kickback  Statute compliance including preparation of physician contract templates (such as medical director contracts and physician leases),  reviewing and negotiating major vendor contracts, developing and implementing both HIPAA and compliance programs (including  marketing standards of conduct), and submitting voluntary disclosure to the Department of Justice.
  • Representing Georgia physicians in the acquisition of their practices by Georgia health care facilities.
  • Representing Tennessee specialty hospital in healthcare regulatory review of and drafting of various contracts.
  • Conducting due diligence reviews of healthcare contracts, financial arrangements and compliance programs in anticipation of  purchases by health care entities (on behalf of buyers) or in anticipation of loans to healthcare entities (on behalf of lenders).
  • Conducting healthcare regulatory reviews of contracts, arrangements, and financial relationships for healthcare providers in  anticipation of voluntary disclosures or in response to government investigations.
  • Serving as healthcare regulatory counsel for large local urgent care clinic systems, eating disorder treatment facility, and substance  abuse treatment facility, in all aspects of Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, and HIPAA compliance.
  • Representing large physician groups as their general counsel, whether providing legal services directly or recommending/arranging for  the assistance of attorneys with other specialties, in all matters including without limitation separations by departing physicians from  the groups.