Deborah C. Hiser

Partner
Austin,  TX  U.S.A.
Phone512.703.5718

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitals & Health Systems
  • Post-Acute Care Providers
  • Physicians & Other Professionals
  • Ancillary Service Providers
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 512.703.5718
Fax: 512.479.1101
http://www.huschblackwell.com/deborah-hiser/
 
University University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with honors, 1974; Our Lady of the Lake, Worden School of Social Work, M.A., 1982
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., 1981
 
Admitted1981, Texas
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Advanced Health Law Conference, Planning Committee, 1998

•American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Task Force, Vice Chair; eHealth Privacy & Security Interest Group, Chair, 2012-2013, Vice Chair, 2010-2012

•iHealth Alliance

•National Association of Protection and Advocacy System, Legal Committee Co-Chair, 1994-1998

•State Bar of Texas, Committee on Disabilities, 2002

•Texas Attorney General's HIPAA Preemption Task Force, 2003

•Texas Legislative Personal Privacy Task Force, 2003; Limited Guardianship Task Force, 2002

 
Biography

As a member of the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team, Deborah focuses her practice on representing physicians, behavioral health providers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and multispecialty clinics in operational and regulatory matters. She specializes in peer review, including development of peer review policies and procedures, and representation of both physicians and providers in peer review hearings, regularly serves as a hearing officer and mediator in dispute resolutions between hospitals and medical staff and is a Certified Mediator and specializes in HIPAA.

Deborah also has extensive experience with the following:

•Drafting medical staff bylaws and related policies and procedures, and assisting healthcare entities with interpretation and enforcement of bylaws.

Drafting credentialing policies and procedures, training hospitals on credentialing, and advising hospitals and other healthcare entities on credentialing matters.

Representing physicians and mental health providers in licensing board proceedings and employment matters.

Conflict management and mediation.

With a master's degree in social work, Deborah particularly enjoys using her counseling skills to resolve conflicts before they develop into matters of litigation. Before joining Husch Blackwell, Deborah practiced with Brown McCarroll.

Awards and Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Texas Super Lawyers, Health Care Law, 2004-2011

Civic Involvement

Affiliates Risk Management Services, Inc., Board Member

•Planned Parenthood of the Central Texas Region, Chair of the Surgery Center Board

•Former Chair of the American Bar Association's eHealth Privacy and Security Interest Group

•Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section Conflict Management/Dispute Resolution Task Force

Experience

Represented numerous hospitals in peer review hearings involving termination of medical staff members.

•Facilitated dispute between the governing board and the medical staff for a large Texas hospital system involving revisions to medical staff bylaws, negotiations between the governing board and medical staff on hospital operational policies, and participation of medical staff in developing and implementing them.

•Represented hospital and health care providers in mediations involving peer review, restrictive covenants and hospital privileges; assisted hospital in enforcing covenants against physicians.

•Counsel hospitals in operational and regulatory issues including state licensing compliance, scope of practice, informed consent, advance directives, confidentiality of patient information and release of records, and emergency services and patient transfers.

•Develop compliance plans and represent clients in fraud and abuse audits, meaningful use audits, HIPAA privacy and security compliance audits.

•Worked with hospitals, surgery centers, hospital districts, ACOs, Health Information Exchanges, physician groups and a state impaired nurse program to develop HIPAA and HITECH privacy and security policies and procedures; complete risk assessments; and respond to security breaches.

•Defended numerous clients in HIPAA investigations, including breaches involving more than 500 individuals. Provided expert testimony in court cases regarding privacy and security requirements under state and federal law.

•Prepared Fraud and Abuse Compliance Plans, and represented health care providers in Fraud and Abuse Complaints, including Medicare and Medicaid complaints.

Business Insights



Business Insights

4.02.14 Conflict Management Between the Medical Staff and Administration: 'Case Examples,' ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement Miami, FL

12.12.13 11th Annual Health Law Conference: A Check-Up on the State of the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Seminar Austin, TX

11.19.13 11th Annual Health Law Conference: A Check-Up on the State of the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Seminar Dallas, TX

11.07.13 11th Annual Health Law Conference: A Check-Up on the State of the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Seminar Houston, TX

9.27.13 HIPAA Compliance for Employers, HCCA 2013 Midwest Regional Area Compliance Conference
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement

9.17.13 Healthcare Horizons Webinar Series: HIPAA Final Rule Deadline Imminent: Have You Done Your Risk Assessment?
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Webinar

6.11.13 The Health IT Legal Landscape: 'Practical Examples in a post-Omnibus World,' HIMSS Government Health IT Conference
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement Washington, D.C.

5.05.13 H.B. 300 and the Omnibus Rule: The Differences between Texas Law and HIPAA, Texas Non Profit Hospice Alliance
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement

4.18.13 Ethical and Practical Tensions between Public Safety and Provider Rights, 2013 Texas Society of Medical Services Specialist Conference
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement

4.18.13 Conflict Engagement in the Hospital Board/Medical Staff Context, Texas Society of Medical Services Specialists
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement

 
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Deborah C. Hiser

111 Congress Avenue, Suite 1400
AustinTX 78701-4093




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