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Astutely ensuring compliance on state and national health law matters

Chris Guthrie guides clients on state and national health law matters. His experience includes regulatory compliance for health care transactions; Medicare and Medicaid program enrollment, billing and compliance; provider licensure and scopes of practice; state- and federal-controlled substance enforcement; telemedicine and telepharmacy regulations; and surrogate health care decision-making, including guardianships and powers of attorney. His clients include:

  • Pharmacies
  • Drug and device distributors and manufacturers
  • Durable medical equipment suppliers
  • Hospitals and hospital systems
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Practitioners
  • Insurers

Experience in Action

  • Advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters pertaining to the manufacturing, distribution and dispensing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and devices.
  • Identifies licensure and enrollment filing requirements for health care providers undergoing a change of ownership or information and leads efforts to complete all filings on behalf of the providers.
  • Litigates guardianship and protective placement matters and provides guidance related to powers of attorney and other surrogate decision-maker issues for hospitals and associated providers.
  • Assesses implications of health care providers’ transactions and corporate reorganizations, and provides strategy related to compliance, licensing and enrollments.
  • Advocates for health care providers and other related entities with state regulatory boards, state and federal health care programs and government investigators.


  • Navigated national retail pharmacy chain through updates of its Medicare and Medicaid enrollments after a multistep internal reorganization.
  • Provided strategic guidance to behavioral health provider with locations throughout the United States on Medicare and Medicaid enrollment issues to better position it for acquisition.
  • Guided charitable pharmacy and distributor on regulatory and licensing matters as it expanded operations into multiple states with additional partners.
  • Successfully obtained over 100 guardianship orders for patients at client hospitals who had not previously identified a surrogate decisionmaker. Included in these matters were multiple contested cases, cases seeking the involuntary administration of psychotropic medication and cases seeking guardian authority to consent to electroconvulsive treatment.
  • Spearheaded pro bono initiative, in collaboration with nonprofit partners, to secure predicate orders for multiple undocumented minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Professional Recognitions

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" (2023: Health Care)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Wisconsin Perinatal Foundation, board of directors
  • Madison Festival Choir, former board of directors
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin Eviction Defense Project, former volunteer
  • American Bar Association, member
  • American Health Law Association, member
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, member
  • Dane County Bar Association, member

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