Ms. Winegard is Of Counsel with Whatley Kallas, LLP, where she represents physicians and other medical providers, state and specialty medical societies, and ambulatory surgery centers. Ms. Winegard’s practice focuses on litigation and third party payer issues, including the representation of clients in overpayment recovery audits, coding issues, contracting issues, ERISA, and antitrust.
Ms. Winegard’s prior experience includes serving as the General Counsel and Director of Third Party Payer Advocacy for the Medical Association of Georgia, as Law & Government Affairs Vice President for four states for AT&T, and as an Associate on King & Spalding’s Healthcare Team.
Ms. Winegard served as the Facilitator for the MDL settlements with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Capital Blue Cross, CIGNA, Health Net, and Humana, handling compliance disputes brought by physicians who complained that these health insurers had violated the settlement agreements reached in the MDL healthcare litigation.
Ms. Winegard speaks widely on healthcare and reimbursement issues affecting physicians and has given presentations for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, the American Association of Medical Society Counsel, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association Leadership Academy, the Florida Radiology Business Managers Association, the Georgia Free Clinic Network, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education of Georgia, LifeLink of Puerto Rico (in Spanish), the Medical Group Managers Associations and several of its chapters, the Physicians Advocacy Institute, and the Texas Medical Association.
Ms. Winegard graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University in 1979, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She earned her J.D. with honors from George Washington University in 1982. She is admitted to practice in Georgia, as well as in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Ms. Winegard is based in Atlanta where she serves as a member of the Board of Governors of LifeLink Foundation and as Chair of LifeLink’s Audit Committee. She has previously held leadership positions for the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, and has also served on the Boards of Directors for the Alliance Française d’Atlanta and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. She is a member of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel and of the American Bar Association.
Ms. Winegard speaks French and Spanish.