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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 to identify 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

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

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section, member
  • American Health Law Association, member
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Health Law Section, member
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, member
  • Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, member
  • Wisconsin Association for Healthcare Quality, past member
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association, member
  • Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management, past 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
  • Governor Doyle's eHealth Initiative Privacy and Security Task Force: Legal Workgroup, Implementations Workgroup, Solutions Workgroup, participant
  • HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW), Executive Committee
  • Yellow Belt Certified in Lean Six Sigma (June 2015)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Health Law, adjunct professor
  • Legal Liaison for WisHHRA (2018-present)
  • Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA), sponsor
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC), primary legal counsel, corporate sponsor 

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