Yarnell Beatty

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

(615)460-1644

yarnell.beatty@tnmed.org

701 Bradford Avenue

Nashville, TN 37204

OVERVIEW

Yarnell Beatty joined the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) in January 2001 as general counsel to the largest medical organization in Tennessee. In 2004, he was appointed to oversee TMA’s legal, government affairs, insurance, and eHealth departments. In January 2013, he was promoted to Vice President of Advocacy, and in January 2017 to Senior Vice President.

He formerly served as staff counsel to the Tennessee Department of Health as well as positions in the Department as Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and Director of Health Related Boards.

Mr. Beatty has been strongly involved in the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association having served on the Executive Council and Legislative Committee.

He holds a seat on the Compliance Committee of the Physicians’ Advocacy Institute, Inc., the national entity charged with monitoring and enforcing the managed care class action settlements. In 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Physicians’ Quality Verification Organization, LLC (TPQVO), a company that provides original source credentials verification for physicians and physician assistants. In 2013, he was President of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel. Mr. Beatty also serves on the Executive Council of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section.

Mr. Beatty holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.

PRACTICE AREAS
Administrative Proceedings
Allied Health Professionals
Constitution and Bylaws
Continuing Medical Education
Contracts
Death/Dying
Drug Dispensing and Prescribing
Health Care Provider Organizations
Hospital Bylaws Issues
Impaired Physicians
Insurance
Licensing, Admission to Practice
Lobbying
Malpractice
Managed Care
Medicaid
Medical Records
Medical Staff
Medicare
Payment Issues
Peer Review
Peer Review Organizations
Revocation or Suspension of Right to Practice
Scope of Practice
Utilization Review
Workers’ Compensation
EDUCATION

Mr. Beatty holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.

EXPERIENCE

Yarnell Beatty joined the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) in January 2001 as general counsel to the oldest physician advocacy organization in Tennessee. In 2004, he was promoted to division director where he oversaw TMA’s legal, government affairs, and insurance departments. In January 2013, he was promoted to Vice President, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel in January 2017.

Mr. Beatty earned a B.A degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his law degree from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.

Following a law clerkship with the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment, he was hired as Assistant General Counsel with the Department where he prosecuted licensed health professional disciplinary cases before state regulatory boards and served as advisory counsel on rules and regulations to several state boards and commissions. In 1994, he was named Associate General Counsel of the Department of Health and supervised the attorneys who prosecuted medical-related disciplinary cases before the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. Mr. Beatty was the author of the Department’s alternative dispute resolution program that has been used successfully in nursing and medical licensure disciplinary cases since 1998.

In 1998, Mr. Beatty was named Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for the Tennessee Department of Health. He was promoted to Director of Health Related Boards in 2000; serving in both director positions through the end of 2000, when he joined the Tennessee Medical Association.

While at TMA, Mr. Beatty served three years as special advisor to the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association (TMGMA) executive council and was chairman of its inaugural legislative committee for two years and continues to serve as a committee member and liaison between the two organizations.

Mr. Beatty is a frequent speaker at health group meetings. He presented at the 2002 Tennessee Medical Association Leadership Summit; several annual meetings of the Tennessee Medical Group Managers’ Association; many Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Healthcare Conferences; on two occasions to the American Medical Association Litigation Center; 2012 Millennium Pain Symposium; the 2008 Spring Update at St. Francis Hospital; the 2009-2017 Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Forums; and the Tennessee Rural Partnership in 2013. He has presented at dozens of medical society and medical group management functions, local bar meetings, as well as before the TMA Physician Leadership College and the American Society of Medical Association Counsel (ASMAC).

He is a former member of the Grants Committee, Advisory Committee, and Health Information Technology Subcommittee of the Physicians’ Foundation for Health Systems Excellence, a national charitable organization formed as a result of settled managed care class action litigation in 2004. In 2006, Mr. Beatty was appointed to the Compliance Committee of the Physicians’ Advocacy Institute, Inc. (PAI), the national entity charged with monitoring and enforcing the managed care class action settlements and continues to serve in that capacity. Currently, Beatty chairs the Fair Medical Audit and Strategic Planning subcommittees for PAI

Mr. Beatty served as co-director of the Tennessee Foundation for Quality Patient Healthcare. In 2006, Mr. Beatty co-authored a grant for the Tennessee Prescription safety Program (formerly “CURB-IT”, Controlling Utilization Rates by Informing and Teaching) the Foundation’s initiative aimed at reducing the level of inappropriately prescribed controlled drugs in Tennessee. Since then, PSP (now Ingram Institute) has provided continuing medical education to thousands of prescribers.

In 2009, Mr. Beatty was appointed to the board of governors of the Tennessee Physicians’ Quality Verification Organization, LLC (TPQVO), a company that provides original source credentials verification for physicians and physician assistants. He continues to serve in this capacity.

From 2009 - 2011, Beatty served on the State Health Information Privacy and Security Work Group as part of the State’s effort to implement a statewide health information network for all health stakeholders to improve the quality of care to Tennessee patients.

Beatty has held a seat on the executive council of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section for over a decade and served two terms on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel. In 2012, Mr. Beatty was elected president of ASMAC.

He holds law licenses in the states of Georgia and Tennessee.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

Georgia

Tennessee