Wakaba Y. Tessier

St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Physicians & Other Professionals
  • Hospitals & Health Systems
  • Ancillary Service Providers
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.345.6468
Fax: 314.480.1505
University Wellesley College, B.A., Psychology/Japanese Studies, 2002; Valparaiso University, M.S., International Commerce/Policy, 2008
Law SchoolWashington University School of Law, J.D., 2009 Washington University Law Review, Managing Editor, Women's Law Caucus
Admitted2009, Missouri; 2010, Illinois
LanguagesJapanese, fluent

Wakaba has focused her legal career on healthcare law. She advises hospitals on various operational issues, including medical staff matters, bylaws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures, accreditation matters, peer review, credentialing, physician disciplinary issues, and federal and state regulatory compliance.

In addition, Wakaba has extensive experience counseling clients on human-subjects research and institutional review board regulatory compliance. She has negotiated and drafted agreements pertaining to physician and medical director employment, managed care, peer review services, asset purchase and confidentiality. She also counsels clients on federal fraud and abuse issues related to the Stark Law, the False Claims Act and the anti-kickback statute.

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Health Lawyers Association

• Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

• Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys

Awards and Recognitions

Lawyers of Color, Hot List 2014


• Drafted uniform medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies and procedures for a multistate health system to ensure compliance with The Joint Commission standards and applicable state law.

• Represented various hospitals in medical staff hearings related to both clinical and behavioral physician misconduct.

• Created and implemented an administrative review process for all human research studies for a large health system, including development of all related policies and procedures.

• Assisted large pharmaceutical company with obtaining pharmacy licenses in 48 states and advised with respect to ongoing compliance matters.

• Represented a large health system in the development of uniform call coverage arrangements for its hospitals, including coordinating valuation efforts and drafting call coverage agreements.

Business Insights

Business Insights

9.03.14 Hospital Incident Report Not Privileged, Court Says
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

7.25.14 Hospital Lab Services may not Constitute Unrelated Trade or Business: IRS Technical Advice Memorandum
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

7.01.14 How Providers Should Respond to Cyber Crime, The Advisory Board General Counsel Agenda
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

7.01.14 Is One Really Better Than Many? The Unified Medical Staff Conundrum
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

6.01.14 Representing Physicians in the Integrated Enterprise Who Are Suffering or Potentially Impaired, American Bar Association
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

4.15.14 Healthcare Organizations Can Take Steps to Mitigate Heartbleed Impact
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

4.09.14 OIG Issues Rare Notice of Termination on Prior Advisory Opinion
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

1.23.14 The OIG Advisory Opinion with the Fascinating Footnote
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals

6.01.10 To Stamp or Not to Stamp: Which Tis Nobler?, In-House Counselor, American Health Lawyers Association

1.01.10 Restrictive Covenants, Business Torts Litigation, American Bar Association Annual Review

In The News

2.01.14 Physician Risk Management : Husch Blackwell's Cori Casey Turner and Wakaba Tessier Consider New CMS Rules' Effect on Hospital Admission Trends
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
News Coverage

10.02.12 Husch Blackwell Healthcare Team Continues Growth, Welcomes Fifth New Hire in 2012
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals


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Hospital Incident Report Not Privileged, Court Says
Wakaba Y. Tessier, September 5, 2014
The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Aug. 21, 2014, (Tibbs v. Bunnell, Ky., No. 2012-SC-000603-MR) in which it held that the incident report developed by the University of Kentucky Hospital (“hospital”), through the hospital’s Patient Safety Evaluation System...

Hospital lab services may not constitute unrelated trade or business: IRS Technical Advice Memorandum
Wakaba Y. Tessier, July 28, 2014
On July 11, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a Technical Advice Memorandum (“TAM”) dated March 7, 2008, which concluded that, contrary to the general rule set forth in Revenue Ruling 85-110 (“Rev. Ruling 85-110”), a tax-exempt hospital’s...

Is One Really Better Than Many? The Unified Medical Staff Conundrum
Wakaba Y. Tessier, July 8, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final revisions (“Final Rule”) to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on May 12, 2014. Among other things, CMS proposed to revise its current interpretation of the hospital medical staff composition at 42...

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Wakaba Y. Tessier

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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