Health Law

The attorneys in this practice area provide legal services to the University of Michigan Health System (“UMHS”), one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers, which includes a top-tier medical school and nursing school, three hospitals, five specialty health centers and forty outpatient health centers, more than 120 clinics, and one of the largest accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) in the country.

The attorneys provide legal counsel to its UMHS constituents—including health care providers, administrators, and other medical personnel—in subject areas germane to health care services, scientific research and discovery, business and strategic affiliations, and medical education. The attorneys work compassionately with health care providers, patients, and their families to help resolve operational and medico-legal challenges swiftly and responsibly. The attorneys work strategically with clinicians, members of the business team, and administrators to achieve outcomes that are financially sound, clinically appropriate, and consistent with UMHS’s mission and goals. The attorneys work diligently with U-M faculty to navigate legal issues related to graduate medical education and research, and to provide support through the litigation process. The attorneys advise on a broad array of health issues, from medical staff issues to physician contracts; from managed care to strategic affiliations; from research and sponsored projects to fraud and abuse; from health care reimbursement to Medicare regulations and health care reform; from patient safety and medical malpractice to HIPAA, EMTALA, HITECH, and more.

The attorneys in this practice area are on call 24/7 to answer emergent patient-related questions regarding, for example, informed consent, treatment of minors, involuntary commitment, blood transfusions, end of life matters, etc. Additionally, the attorneys speak publicly, both within UMHS and outside to the public at large, educating on a variety of health law and health-related topics.

Subject areas and primary contacts include:

Academic Affiliation & Exchange Agreements:

Stephanie Schmitzer

Maya Kobersy

Jack Bernard

Academics, Faculty, and House Officers:

Christine Gerdes

David Masson

Donica Varner

Kara Morgenstern

Accreditation:

Kara Morgenstern

Laura Napiewocki

Denise Winiarski

Charitable Giving and Bequest Administration:

Donna Snyder

Katie Murphy

Clinical Safety/Risk Management:

Dale L. Hebert

Denise Winiarski

Emily Klatt

Compliance:

Kara Morgenstern Colleen McClorey

Emily Klatt

Conflicts of Interest: Kara Morgenstern
Consumer Complaints: Emily Klatt
Contracts: Colleen McClorey Pamela Emenheiser Kara Morgenstern
Credentialing, Medical Staff Bylaws:

Laura Napiewocki

Kara Morgenstern

EMTALA: Kara Morgenstern Denise Winiarski
Fraud and Abuse: Kara Morgenstern Pamela Emenheiser
Health Information Technology: Colleen McClorey
HIPAA:

Colleen McClorey Kara Morgenstern

Emily Klatt

Immigration: Donica Varner
Labor & Employment:

David Masson

Donica Varner

Christine Gerdes

Licensure
(including faculty, staff, facilities):

Laura Napiewocki

Kara Morgenstern

Litigation
(depositions and trial testimony):

Dale L. Hebert

Denise Winiarski

Managed Care: Colleen McClorey
Medical Malpractice:

Dale L. Hebert

Denise Winiarski

Medicare/Medicaid COPs and Provider-Based Rules: Kara Morgenstern
Mergers and Acquisitions, JVs, Affiliations: Pamela Emenheiser Kara Morgenstern
Patents/Intellectual Property:

Rick Brandon

Tara Hartman

Patients’/Recipients’ Rights:

Denise Winiarski Kara Morgenstern

Emily Klatt

Physician Contracts & Physician Compensation: Kara Morgenstern
Professional Licensure:

Kara MorgensternDale L. Hebert

Quality/Patient Safety Collaborations: Colleen McClorey
Real Estate: Ciara Comerford
Research and Sponsored Projects:
(including basic science, product development, animal
and human subjects research, and clinical trials)
Kara Morgenstern Pamela Emenheiser
Risk Management/Clinical Safety:

Dale L. HebertDenise Winiarski

Kara Morgenstern

Student Life: Catherine Dehlin
Subpoenas/Requests for Information:

Denise Winiarski

Dale L. Hebert

Lisa Richardson

Emily Klatt

Telemedicine: Pamela Emenheiser
University Health Service:

Kara Morgenstern Colleen McClorey

Catherine Dehlin