Debra  Lienhardt

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Rutgers University, B.A., with high honors, 1990
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Debra Lienhardt is a member of Brach Eichler’s Health Law Practice Group. Her practice is focused on the representation of a variety of health care providers, including ambulatory care facilities, hospitals, physician groups, long-term care facilities, real estate operators and health care entrepreneurs, in corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters.

Debra spends much of her time counseling physician practices. She has extensive experience assisting professionals in the establishment of medical practices and in their operation and expansion. Debra is also proficient in all facets of the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) business. She not only has a plethora of experience counseling physicians and non-physician investors in the development of ASCs, but she also guides them through the sale and acquisition of existing centers. She is skilled in the syndication of ASC equity interests to physician investors, the termination of existing owners, negotiating management and development agreements with ASC development companies and advising ASCs on reimbursement issues and managed care contracting.


Debra provides representation to health care businesses in structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, affiliations, and employment and consulting arrangements. She spends a significant amount of time assisting clients in navigating their way through an excessively regulated environment. She advises industry participants on anti-kickback and self-referral rules and regulations at the federal and state level, payment and reimbursement matters, state and federal license and certification issues, professional licensing board rules, and general corporate compliance.

Debra represents the New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology, and serves on its Executive Board, where she is involved in political and legislative issues, medical and consumer protection matters and overall general counseling.


Debra has been named to the Board of Trustees of HackensackUMC Mountainside (previously known as Mountainside Hospital) in Montclair, New Jersey.


DCA Proposes Amendments to Health Care Service Firm RegulationsHealth Law Blog | September 12, 2017

CMS Proposes to Cancel Mandatory Bundled Payment ModelsHealth Law Blog | September 1, 2017

New Rule Proposal for DCA Residential Health Care FacilitiesHealth Law Blog | August 2017

$1.3 Million EMTALA Settlement Should Have Hospitals Re-Evaluating Emergency Department Care Protocols for Behavioral Health PatientsHealth Law Blog | August 2017

BME Proposes Amendments to Screening and Diagnostic Testing OfficesHealth Law Blog | July 2017

Senate Republican Obamacare Replacement Bill Lacks SupportHealth Law Blog | July 2017

NJ Legislative Bills Seek to Protect Insurance Coverage for People with Preexisting ConditionsHealth Law Blog | June 2017

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Arbitration Agreements for Nursing HomesHealth Law Blog | June 2017

Amendments to NJCLIAHealth Law Blog | May 2017

Court Holds that New York Home Care Agencies Must Pay Non-Residential Employees for Entire 24 Hours of On-Call ShiftsHealth Law Blog | May 2017

OCR Issues Security Bulletin on HTTPS TransmissionsHealth Law Blog | May 2017

Court Adopts New Payment Eligibility Standard For CMS Home Health ServicesHealth Law Blog | March 2017

President Trump Continues to Advance Regulatory Reform AgendaHealth Law Blog | March 2017

Medicare Moratoria Extended on Ambulance and HHA Providers and SuppliersHealth Law Blog | February 2017

CMS Releases Final Rule Amending Home Health CoPsHealth Law Blog | February 2017

OIG Issues Unfavorable Opinion on Free Laboratory ServicesHealth Law Blog | January 2017

CMS Announces New Care Delivery ModelsHealth Law Blog | January 2017

OIG Revises Safe Harbors under Anti-Kickback StatuteHealth Law Blog | January 2017

CMS Releases Hospital and ASC Prospective Payment Changes for 2017Health Law Blog | December 2016

OIG OKs Transportation Assistance ProgramHealth Law Blog | November 2016

OIG Report: 82% of 2013 Chiropractic Medicare Payments ImproperHealth Law Blog | November 2016

Proposal Updating MFCU RulesHealth Law Blog | October 2016

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion on Vaccine Storage and Dispensing SystemHealth Law Blog | October 2016

CMS Updates Quality Measure Criteria in Nursing Home Star Rating ProgramHealth Law Blog | September 2016

NOTICE Act Requires Disclosure to Patients of Observation StatusHealth Law Blog | September 2016

Recent Rule Changes for Home HealthHealth Law Blog | August 2016

Senate Finance Committee Suggests Changes to Stark Law to Encourage Innovative Payment ModelsHealth Law Blog | August 2016

CMS Proposes New Rule that Updating Requirements for Hospital ParticipationHealth Law Blog | July 2016

CMS Implements Pre-Review Approval Process for Home Health Agencies to Deter Fraud and AbuseHealth Law Blog | July 2016

CMS Issues Final Rule Updating Fire Safety StandardsHealth Law Blog | June 2016

CMS Issues Proposed Rule for IPPS, Medicare DSH, and Hospital IQR ProgramHealth Law Blog | May 2016

CMS Launches New Quasi-Capitation Payment Initiative for Primary Care PhysiciansHealth Law Blog | May 2016

Board of Nursing Adopts Regulations Clarifying Delegation DecisionsHealth Law Blog | April 2016

OIG Approves Free Transportation and Lodging in Advisory OpinionHealth Law Blog | April 2016

Olympus Settles Kickback Claims with Department of Justice for $646 MillionHealth Law Blog | April 2016

Proposed Legislation Permits Restructuring Between Surgical Practices and Ambulatory Care FacilitiesHealth Law Blog | March 2016

Amendments to Home Health Licensing Standards Proposed by NJDOHHealth Law Blog | March 2016

Five Star Ratings Reach Home Health AgenciesHealth Law Blog | March 2016

CMS to Address Health Care Needs Beyond the Doctor’s OfficeHealth Law Blog | February 2, 2016

Hospitals Challenge Two-Midnight Rule OffsetHealth Law Blog | February 2016

New York Aides Demand Payment for 24-Hour ShiftsHealth Law Blog | January 2016

CMS Adopts Final 2016 Physician Fee ScheduleHealth Law Blog | December 2015

Narrative Requirement for Home Health Care Services Ruled PermissibleHealth Law Blog | December 2015

OIG Issues Alert on the Electronic Health Records Safe HarborHealth Law Blog | November 2015

OIG Conducts Study to Determine Fraud, Waste and Abuse for Ophthalmology ServicesHealth Law Blog | November 2015

Nine NJ Hospitals Sue DHHS Over Charity Program ExclusionHealth Law Blog | November 2015

CDC Asks Nursing Homes to Improve Antibiotic Practices and Calls on Providers to Properly Reprocess Medical DevicesHealth Law Blog | October 2015

CMS Initiative to Improve Nursing Home CareHealth Law Blog | October 2015

OIG Advisory Opinion: Health System/Hospital Management Services Arrangement PermittedHealth Law Blog | September 2015

President Signs Act Requiring Notice of Observation StatusHealth Law Blog | September 2015

CMS Proposes Updated Rules for Long Term Care FacilitiesHealth Law Blog | August 2015

CMS Releases Star Ratings for Home Health AgenciesHealth Law Blog | August 2015

CMS Proposes Changes to its Two-Midnight RuleHealth Law Blog | August 2015

CMS Releases New Data to Increase Transparency on Hospital and Physician UtilizationHealth Law Blog | July 2015

Proposed Bill to Reduce ASC Assessment FeeHealth Law Blog | July 2015

PHYSICIANS BEWARE: OIG Fraud Alert Puts Doctors on Notice Regarding Pitfalls of Medical Directorship and Other Payment ArrangementsHealth Law Blog | June 10, 2015

OIG Alert: State Health Insurance Marketplaces at Risk of Misusing Federal Funds Without Further Guidance from CMSHealth Law Blog | June 2015

Legislation Introduced to Reform Recovery Audit Contractors Compensation StructureHealth Law Blog | June 2015

OSHA Fines New Jersey ASCHealth Law Blog | April 24, 2013

Drug Store Vaccinations for Children Under EighteenHealth Law Blog | March 28, 2013

Prescription Medication Disposal LawHealth Law Blog | March 18, 2013

Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment FormHealth Law Blog | March 13, 2013

Rule Would Permit Corporations to Employ Physicians in Limited CircumstancesHealth Law Blog | January 28, 2013

Nursing Scope of Practice BillHealth Law Blog | January 23, 2013

Out-of-Network Reimbursement Suit for $120 MillionHealth Law Blog | January 16, 2013

Pharmacy May Provide Certain Items to Community HomesHealth Law Blog | January 10, 2013

Governor Signs Prescription Medication Disposal LawHealth Law Blog | December 19, 2012

Governor Signs Medical Waste LawHealth Law Blog | December 17, 2012

Advisory Opinion Regarding Free Hearing TestsHealth Law Blog | November 19, 2012

Background Check Regarding Nurse Aide ConvictionsHealth Law Blog | November 5, 2012

Rule to Increase Payments to Hospitals and ASC’sHealth Law Blog | August 14, 2012

Private Ambulance Service May Waive Out-of Pocket AmountsHealth Law Blog | July 19, 2012

Medicare Health Outcome Survey Open for CommentsHealth Law Blog | June 12, 2012

Revised Rules Adopted by State Board of OptometristsHealth Law Blog | May 28, 2012

CMS Final Rule Requires NPI NumberHealth Law Blog | May 8, 2012

NJ Rx Monitoring Program a Good Step to Stop AbuseHealth Law Blog | February 27, 2012

TJC Issues 2012 Health Care Organization Survey GuideHealth Law Blog | February 9, 2012