Christina M. Kuta

Counsel

Chicago
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60602
P 312.582.1680
F 312.580.1201
E ckuta@ralaw.com



Christina M. Kuta

Counsel

Phone: 312.582.1680
Fax: 312.580.1201
Email: ckuta@ralaw.com

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. Ms. Kuta is also a former law clerk to U.S. District Judge David D. Noce in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Education

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

Professional Affiliations

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

Publications

  • "When it comes to regulatory compliance, prevention is key" - HCCA's Compliance Today (June 2016)
  • “Mishandled Proficiency Testing: Dire consequences for CLIA Laboratories” - Wolters Kluwer Health Care compliance update
  • “Healthcare Reforms Expand Access to care, but limit Practice Management Options” - American Health Lawyers Association Physician Practice Group Newsletter
  • “Practicing as a Hospital Employee – What to consider before selling your Medical Practice” - Chicago Hospital News
  • “Physician Shared Diagnostic Facilities – A Practical Guide to Formation and Regulatory Requirements” - American Health Lawyers Association’s Physician Organizations publication

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

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