Scores of New Jersey healthcare professionals have turned to Alma L. Saravia for counsel on issues ranging from licensure and disciplinary matters, including those before the Board of Medical Examiners, to complex litigation matters. Her clients include physicians, nurses, chiropractors, hospitals, medical staffs, nursing homes and other healthcare organizations.
Ms. Saravia is highly regarded in the field of healthcare law, both in the public and private sector. She is a former member of the Board of Medical Examiners and Ms. Saravia is one of the State’s most experienced attorneys in representing healthcare professionals before the licensing boards.
Throughout her career, she has affected and effected on the progress of healthcare law in the state as a lobbyist, as the former chairperson of and director of various governmental agencies, and as the catalyst for important legislative changes. Among other significant pieces of legislation, she is credited with spearheading the enactment of the state’s joint negotiation law, which allowed physicians and dentists to engage in joint negotiations with managed care entities. Ms. Saravia also served as special counsel for clients in drafting healthcare regulations and legislation.
A frequent lecturer and author, Ms. Saravia regularly presents on topics including telemedicine credentialing and privileging, medical staff bylaws, physician representation and The Affordable Care Act. Most recently, she co-authored anarticle for the New Jersey Law Journal focused on New Jersey's recent "crack down" on physicians who allegedly over prescribe pain medications and it highlighted strategies and thoughts on policy issues. She also co-authored a chapter in the Health Care Dispute Resolution Manual titled, “External Review of Health Plan Decisions.” Ms. Saravia is a long-time columnist for the Camden County Medical Society “Bulletin.”
An advocate for women, Ms. Saravia serves on the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women’s in Political Leadership Committee. She authored an article on “Life Lessons in Leadership” to coincide with the Senator Wynona M. Lipman lecture by Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She is also on the Board of Directors of Pam’s List, a New Jersey fundraising network dedicated to promoting opportunities for democratic women candidates for office.
Ms. Saravia attended Rutgers University where she received a B.A. in 1975 and an M.S.W. in Social Policy Analysis in 1979. She earned her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 1986.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorney List||SJ Magazine||2014|
|Top Attorney List||SJ Magazine||2010|
|Burlington County Outstanding Women of the Year Award,||BCRCC||2006|
|EPIC Award Winner||Institute for Nursing||2005|
|Awesome Attorney List||South Jersey Magazine||2004|
|Healthcare Attorney||Flaster Greenberg, PC||1999 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member, Medical Staff, Credentialing and Peer Review Committee||N/A|
|Burlington County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Camden County Bar Association||Former Member, Health Care Law Committee||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Former Chairperson, Health and Hospital Law Section||N/A|
|New Jersey Law Journal||NJ Doctors Face Increased Prosecutions for 'Indiscriminate' Prescribing of Pain Meds||2015|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, Vol. 14, #2||New Jersey’s Physicians Face Conflicting Messages When It Comes To Treating Patients With Pain||2014|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, Vol. 13, #3||Physicians and Patients Will Benefit from New Legislation on End-Of-Life Care Decisions||2012|
|Medical Society of New Jersey||Health Information Technology Initiatives Move Forward in New Jersey||2010|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, vol. 13, #1||Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, JD, Chairman of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Provides Overview of His Efforts to Implement Electronic Medical Records and Health Information Technology||2010|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, vol. 11, #2||New Jersey Legislature Debates Legislation Permitting Physician Referrals to Ambulatory Surgical Centers and Surgical Practices in Which They Own an Interest||2009|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, vol. 12, #1||Should a Physician's Medical License be Permanently Revoked or Suspended for Three Years if He or She Violates Proposed Legislation Creating New Medical Waste Anti-dumping Laws?||2009|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, vol. 12, #2||Governor Enacts Amendments to "Codey Act" – Single Operating-Room Facilities Must be Registered and Certified: Will Overlapping Requirements Cause Problems for Physicians||2009|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, vol. 11, #1||Governor Corzine Expands Health Care Coverage for Children||2008|
|The Bulletin, Camden County Medical Society, vol. 11, #3||What Physicians Need to Know About Developments in the Practices of Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors||2008|
|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||Understanding, Forecasting and Challenging Penalties Issued by the Board of Medical Examiners||2007|
|New Jersey Law Journal, vol. CLXXXII, no. 11, index 969||The Physician Disciplinary Process||2005|
|New Jersey Law Journal, vol. CLXXVIII, no. 11, index 1050||Evaluating a Physician's Competency||2004|
|New Jersey Law Journal, vol. CLXXI, no. 7, index 516||New Legislation Could Foster the Filing of Fewer Medical Malpractice Complaints||2003|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession||2003|
|Rutgers University||MA - Masters||N/A|
|Rutgers University School of Law - Camden||Doctor of Law||N/A|
|Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging: Minimizing Liability, Protecting Patient Privacy, Ensuring Quality Care||Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging: Minimizing Liability, Protecting Patient Privacy, Ensuring Quality Care||2015|
|Medical Staff Bylaws Webinar: Meeting New Medicare Conditions of Participation and Joint Commission Requirements||Medical Staff Bylaws Webinar: Meeting New Medicare Conditions of Participation and Joint Commission Requirements||2014|