Christina M. Kuta

Of Counsel
Chicago
30 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60602
P 312.582.1680
F 312.580.1201
P 312.582.1680 | F 312.580.1201



Overview

Beginning her legal education with the goal of becoming a practicing healthcare attorney, Ms. Kuta is privileged to concentrate her practice in this area of law. She focuses her practice in the areas of regulatory and transactional health care, with experience representing physicians and healthcare providers and organizations with a broad spectrum of regulatory and transactional matters, including negotiating and documenting transactions, acquisitions, mergers and sales, joint ventures, integrated delivery systems and other combinations and alliances, employment agreements, recruitment and support agreements, bonus and incentive plans, managed care contracts, physician-hospital organizations, management and other commercial and services agreements and leases for space and equipment, as well as shared overhead arrangements. Ms. Kuta routinely provides advice on complex healthcare regulations impacting health care providers and entities, including the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback, Illinois Medical Practice Act, False Claims Act, HIPAA, state self-referral and kickback laws.

In addition, Ms. Kuta advises clients on compliance with Medicare/Medicaid regulations, such as conditions of participation, coverage, billing, payment, reimbursement, reassignment and supervision. In this regard, she has represented a number of clients with respect to both government and private audits and investigations, successfully defeating audit and recoupment actions, as well as negotiating favorable settlements. Client representations also include representing clients at hearings before federal and state agencies related to licensure, DEA registration and revocation of provider enrollment.

Ms. Kuta is an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law where she has taught a class on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. 

Services

Industries

Education

  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S.W., Health Policy
    • Concentration in health care, health policy, and mental health
  3. Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D.
    • summa cum laude
  4. Saint Louis University School of Law, LL.M., Health Law

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Illinois
Clerkships
  1. Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge David D. Noce, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Illinois Bar Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Employment Decision Based on Employees’ Years of Service Does Not Necessarily Violate ADEA (Mar 19, 2019)
    Illinois Employee Rights Update – Toeing the Line on IHRA and NMWA (Feb 28, 2019)
    HHS Releases Guidance for Health Industry on Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices (Feb 21, 2019)
    New Anti-Kickback Provisions for Certain Facility and Laboratory Referrals (Jan 3, 2019)
    Crafting Physician Separation Agreements: Protecting Doctors from Negative References and Reviews (Nov 27, 2018)
  2. Articles
    When it comes to regulatory compliance, prevention is key - Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) / HCCA's Compliance Today (Jun 3, 2016)
    Practicing as a Hospital Employee - What to consider before selling your Medical Practice - Chicago Hospital News (2012)
    Healthcare Reforms Expand Access to care, but limit Practice Management Options - American Health Lawyers Association, Physician Practice Group Newsletter (2012)
    Mishandled Proficiency Testing: Dire consequences for CLIA Laboratories - Wolters Kluwer Health Care compliance update (2012)
    Physician Shared Diagnostic Facilities - A Practical Guide to Formation and Regulatory Requirements - American Health Lawyers Association's Physician Organizations publication (2011)
  3. Presentations
    “Identifying and Addressing Health Care Fraud Schemes: A Lawyer’s Perspective” - Illinois Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force (2017)
    "Proficiency Testing Under CLIA: How to Avoid Sanctions and the Loss of your CLIA Certification" - Pathology Blawg Webinar (2014)
    "Telehealth and Ancillary Providers" - American Health Lawyers Association Webinar (2014)
    “Maintaining Practice Independence for Physicians” - Wolters Kluwer Webinar (2013)
    "Human Resource and Personnel Issues Facing Physician Practices" - Southwest Physician Residence Network

Overview

Beginning her legal education with the goal of becoming a practicing healthcare attorney, Ms. Kuta is privileged to concentrate her practice in this area of law. She focuses her practice in the areas of regulatory and transactional health care, with experience representing physicians and healthcare providers and organizations with a broad spectrum of regulatory and transactional matters, including negotiating and documenting transactions, acquisitions, mergers and sales, joint ventures, integrated delivery systems and other combinations and alliances, employment agreements, recruitment and support agreements, bonus and incentive plans, managed care contracts, physician-hospital organizations, management and other commercial and services agreements and leases for space and equipment, as well as shared overhead arrangements. Ms. Kuta routinely provides advice on complex healthcare regulations impacting health care providers and entities, including the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback, Illinois Medical Practice Act, False Claims Act, HIPAA, state self-referral and kickback laws.

In addition, Ms. Kuta advises clients on compliance with Medicare/Medicaid regulations, such as conditions of participation, coverage, billing, payment, reimbursement, reassignment and supervision. In this regard, she has represented a number of clients with respect to both government and private audits and investigations, successfully defeating audit and recoupment actions, as well as negotiating favorable settlements. Client representations also include representing clients at hearings before federal and state agencies related to licensure, DEA registration and revocation of provider enrollment.

Ms. Kuta is an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law where she has taught a class on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. 

Education

  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S.W., Health Policy
    • Concentration in health care, health policy, and mental health
  3. Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D.
    • summa cum laude
  4. Saint Louis University School of Law, LL.M., Health Law

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Illinois
Clerkships
  1. Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge David D. Noce, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Illinois Bar Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Employment Decision Based on Employees’ Years of Service Does Not Necessarily Violate ADEA (Mar 19, 2019)
    Illinois Employee Rights Update – Toeing the Line on IHRA and NMWA (Feb 28, 2019)
    HHS Releases Guidance for Health Industry on Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices (Feb 21, 2019)
    New Anti-Kickback Provisions for Certain Facility and Laboratory Referrals (Jan 3, 2019)
    Crafting Physician Separation Agreements: Protecting Doctors from Negative References and Reviews (Nov 27, 2018)
  2. Articles
    When it comes to regulatory compliance, prevention is key - Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) / HCCA's Compliance Today (Jun 3, 2016)
    Practicing as a Hospital Employee - What to consider before selling your Medical Practice - Chicago Hospital News (2012)
    Healthcare Reforms Expand Access to care, but limit Practice Management Options - American Health Lawyers Association, Physician Practice Group Newsletter (2012)
    Mishandled Proficiency Testing: Dire consequences for CLIA Laboratories - Wolters Kluwer Health Care compliance update (2012)
    Physician Shared Diagnostic Facilities - A Practical Guide to Formation and Regulatory Requirements - American Health Lawyers Association's Physician Organizations publication (2011)
  3. Presentations
    “Identifying and Addressing Health Care Fraud Schemes: A Lawyer’s Perspective” - Illinois Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force (2017)
    "Proficiency Testing Under CLIA: How to Avoid Sanctions and the Loss of your CLIA Certification" - Pathology Blawg Webinar (2014)
    "Telehealth and Ancillary Providers" - American Health Lawyers Association Webinar (2014)
    “Maintaining Practice Independence for Physicians” - Wolters Kluwer Webinar (2013)
    "Human Resource and Personnel Issues Facing Physician Practices" - Southwest Physician Residence Network