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Kathleen A. Westfall

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313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate complex licensing and regulatory issues related to state and federal health care laws and regulations.

Biography

Kathleen brings a business-minded approach to problem-solving, and a sharp focus on compliance, so that her clients can do what they do best: providing the highest level of care possible to those they serve. Her capabilities include addressing regulatory compliance issues for health care professionals, organizations, and facilities in connection with the Michigan Public Health Code, Mental Health Code, HIPAA, Stark law, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Medicare and Medicaid regulations, and other state and federal laws and regulations. She also represents health care professionals and facilities in connection with licensing investigations and other enforcement actions by state and federal agencies.

In addition, Kathleen assists health care clients with a number of corporate and contractual issues and disputes, including third party payor audits, insurance coverage matters, and reviewing, drafting and negotiating various contractual agreements. She also regularly advises clients regarding the acquisition and divestiture of medical practices, including matters involving real estate interests. 

Beyond her focus on health care, Kathleen works with business clients in areas including corporate formation and governance, contracts, insurance, real estate transactions and related due diligence, and legal and regulatory compliance. 

Kathleen has been recognized as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch since 2021, an award given to attorneys for outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

Articles

Presentations

  • The Gravity of Licensing Disciplinary Actions, Michigan State Medical Society, November 9, 2022
  • Changes to Michigan’s No-Fault Act for Physicians, Michigan State Medical Society, November 10, 2021
  • Navigating the No Surprises Act, Michigan State Medical Society, October 13, 2021
  • The Gravity of Licensing Disciplinary Actions, Michigan Osteopathic Association, May 13, 2021
  • Physician Employment Agreements: Key Provisions and Common Pitfalls, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, September 19, 2019

Representative Matters

  • Representing physicians and other health care providers in licensing investigations and disciplinary and other enforcement actions by LARA, DEA, and other state and federal agencies.
  • Advising health care and business clients on legal and regulatory compliance matters
  • Acquisition and sale of professional practices
  • Drafting and negotiating employment, professional service and other business agreements

Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate complex licensing and regulatory issues related to state and federal health care laws and regulations.

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
    • Cum laude
    • Dean’s Scholar
    • Student Board of Governors
    • National Appellate Advocacy Team
    • Moot Court
  • Wayne State University, B.S.
    • Summa cum laude
    • Presidential Scholar

Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate complex licensing and regulatory issues related to state and federal health care laws and regulations.

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Before You Sign—Minimizing Medical Director Liability Exposure

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Consider These Five Compliance Questions in Your Medical Practice

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Cybersecurity for Medical Practices: Addressing the HIPAA in the Room

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January 5, 2023

Understanding Michigan's E-Prescribing Requirement Exceptions and Waiver Process

Effective January 1, 2023, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing (the “Department”), will begin enforcing the Michigan Public Health Code’s requirement that all...

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October 10, 2022

OIG Special Fraud Alert: Seven Suspect Characteristics of Fraudulent Telemedicine Arrangements

It is no surprise that the use of telemedicine as a means of providing patients with access to medical care has increased significantly in recent years. Likewise, the number...

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August 18, 2022

Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© 2023 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

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April 25, 2022

Understanding Your Professional Liability Policy

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January 7, 2022

Physician Employment Agreements: Key Provisions to Negotiate and Common Pitfalls to Avoid

As physicians continue to trend towards an employment model, the employment agreements physicians are asked to sign by hiring practices and facilities are likewise becoming increasingly standardized and more...

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August 19, 2021

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

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