About Sarah

Practical, informed health care regulatory advice 

Sarah Coyne’s practice is truly "soup to nuts" for health care providers (and their partners) on so many issues that it would be impossible to list them all here. But some of the highlights include: 

  • Regulatory hospital law with business insight including False Claims, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, EMTALA and state laws.
  • Federal conditions of participation and conditions of payment, including provider-based billing.
  • Medical staff structure, governance and documentation to achieve compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements.
  • Reporting obligations of health care entities.
  • Rural and critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers.   

Sarah's goal is directed at practical clear solutions through the quagmire of health care regulation for hospitals and other clients. She stays on the cutting edge of all legal developments affecting the hospital industry and updates her clients regularly and (usually) hilariously.

Experience in Action

  • Restructuring medical staff bylaws and related documents to accommodate the current regulatory environment.
  • Representing medical executive committees of hospitals in corrective action matters including hearings, serving as a hearing officer for medical staff hearings.
  • Advising regarding health information and records and serving on the HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin Board of Directors for the past 18 years.
  • Working the regulatory side of significant health care transactions.
  • Advising, guiding and advocating for rural and small community hospitals.

Professional Recognitions

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020 Madison Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Selected for inclusion in 2014- present Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list
  • Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Class of 2013
  • Selected as a "2013 Leader in the Law" by the Wisconsin Law Journal
  • Selected as the 2011 "Wisconsin Health Law Attorney of the Year" by the Health Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2009–present: Health Care Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in Madison Magazine as a top lawyer in the area of health law
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member, Health Law Section)
  • American Health Law Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association (Member, Health Law Section)
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (Member)
  • Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation (Member)
  • Wisconsin Association for Healthcare Quality (Member)
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management (Member)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (Member)
  • Practiced at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison for four years
  • Experience as a registered occupational therapist
  • Invited Participant in Governor Doyle's eHealth Initiative Privacy and Security Task Force: Legal Workgroup, Implementations Workgroup, Solutions Workgroup
  • Executive Committee for HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW) and is active in its preemption workgroup and other workgroups related to confidentiality of health care information
  • Yellow Belt Certified in Lean Six Sigma (June 2015)
  • Adjunct Professor in Health Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Legal Liaison for WisHHRA (2018)

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