Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Karen S. Rieger, J.D., Crowe & Dunlevy

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Karen S. Rieger, J.D., Crowe & Dunlevy

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After working on school newspapers in junior high and high school, Karen Rieger set out to pursue a journalism career. However, her plans changed when a brother and brother-in-law steered her in the direction of a legal profession for its challenges and many options.

Rieger, who graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1978, completed her juris doctorate from OU three years later. Today, she is a director and shareholder of Crowe & Dunlevy, practicing in health care law as well as general corporate law with significant experience with nonprofit corporations. Her practice focuses on representation of health care institutions and practitioners throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states on a broad range of health law issues, including the Anti- Kickback and Stark laws, HIPAA privacy and security requirements, laws affecting tax-exempt and governmental health care providers, Medicare reimbursement rules, medical staff issues and others. She also has been involved in structuring numerous acquisitions and joint ventures involving health care providers.

"I have really enjoyed practicing health law as it encompasses many legal issues and is ever-changing, which keeps it interesting," she said.

Rieger has served as an adjunct professor of health care law at OU, and is a frequent lecturer on health law issues, both locally and nationally. She also has authored numerous articles on health law topics.

She is a past president and current director of the Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association and a member and former chairperson of the Health Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association Health Law Section and the American Health Lawyers Association, where she serves on several committees including Long-Term Care (past vice chair), Fraud and Abuse, Credentialing and Peer Review, Hospitals and Health Systems and Regulation and Accreditation. …

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