Health Law

The attorneys in this practice area provide legal services to Michigan Medicine, 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 Michigan Medicine 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 Michigan Medicine’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 Michigan Medicine 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
Laura Napiewocki
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
Tiana Korley
Consumer Complaints: Emily Klatt
Contracts: Colleen McClorey
Pamela Emenheiser
Travis Souza
Kara Morgenstern
Credentialing, Medical Staff Bylaws: Laura Napiewocki
Kara Morgenstern
EMTALA: Kara Morgenstern
Laura Napiewocki
Denise Winiarski
Fraud and Abuse: Kara Morgenstern
Pamela Emenheiser
Tiana Korley
Travis Souza
Health Information Technology: Colleen McClorey
HIPAA: Colleen McClorey
Kara Morgenstern
Emily Klatt
Immigration: Donica Varner
Labor and 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
Laura Napiewocki
Mergers and Acquisitions, JVs, Affiliations: Pamela Emenheiser
Travis Souza
Kara Morgenstern
Patients’/Recipients’ Rights: Denise Winiarski
Kara Morgenstern
Emily Klatt
Physician Contracts & Physician Compensation: Kara Morgenstern
Tiana Korley
Professional Licensure: Kara Morgenstern
Dale L. Hebert
Laura Napiewocki
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
Tiana Korley
Travis Souza
Risk Management/Clinical Safety: Dale L. Hebert
Denise Winiarski
Kara Morgenstern
Student Life: Catherine Pinkerton
Subpoenas/Requests for Information: Denise Winiarski
Dale L. Hebert
Lisa Richardson
Emily Klatt
Subpoenas/Requests for Information: Denise Winiarski
Dale L. Hebert
Lisa Richardson
Telemedicine: Pamela Emenheiser
Laura Napiewocki
Travis Souza
University Health Service: Kara Morgenstern
Colleen McClorey
Catherine Pinkerton