Maureen F. Kwiecinski

Of Counsel

Overview

Maureen F. Kwiecinski is of counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Milwaukee office, where she is a member of the Health Care Industry Team. Maureen counsels health systems, hospitals, medical clinics, blood centers, organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and other health care providers on corporate governance, strategic transactions, and significant investigations and corrective actions; as well as general operational, compliance and regulatory matters. Following a successful career as a registered nurse and health care attorney, Maureen served as the Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Versiti, Inc., a large, complex health care organization that includes a federally-funded research organization, extensive hospital and health system relationships, physician’s clinics, multiple blood centers, and organ and tissue procurement organization, a pharmacy, an esoteric laboratory, and a philanthropic foundation.

At Versiti, Maureen developed an in-house legal service and compliance program while also creating and executing an aggressive multi-state growth and expansion strategy, completing three significant acquisition and integration transactions in four years. As the Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant Board Secretary, Maureen provided oversight for all legal and compliance matters and ensured that each Director and senior leadership team member had strong confidence in the legal and compliance functions of the organization.

Maureen relies depth and diversity of her training and experience to provide creative, practical and strategic guidance and problem-solving. In addition to her strong clinical background, Maureen has many years of experience providing senior executive oversight of organizational legal, quality and compliance programs, including strategic planning, execution of inter-state health care acquisitions, integrations and other transactions, simplifying and optimizing corporate governance structures, and managing all legal and regulatory compliance matters. She provides guidance on wide-ranging regulatory concerns including proper Board oversight of regulatory and compliance functions, federal grant compliance, research integrity and investigations, HIPAA, EMTALA, fraud and abuse, 340B Program compliance, medical staff matters, physician recruitment and contracting, telehealth, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other health law issues.

In addition, Maureen has a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin and has served on multiple IRBs, ethics committees and quality boards. She enjoys assisting with the resolution of complex legal and ethical concerns and developing easily-implemented programs and policies.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Board President, Donor Family Care Network (2020 - present)
  • Co‐organizer, Bone marrow transplant fund – Annual charity golf outing to benefit St. Luke's bone marrow transplant recipients (1995 - present)
  • Board member, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin (June 2010 - August 2012)
  • Discussion section leader, Medical College of Wisconsin - Fall M2 Medical Ethics Class (Fall Semesters 2008 - 2012)
  • Ethics committee member, West Allis Memorial Hospital (2006 ‐ 2010)
  • Member, Medical College of Wisconsin ‐ Institutional Review Board (IRB) (2005 ‐ 2009)
  • Ethics committee member, The Wisconsin Heart Hospital (2005 ‐ 2007)
  • Ethics committee member, Heart Hospital of Milwaukee (2004 ‐ 2005)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kenergy, Inc. (2005 ‐ 2006)
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (2004 ‐ present)

Education

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2005)
    • Member and note & comment editor, Marquette Law Review (2003 - 2005)
    • Marquette Law Review Silver Quill Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
    • ABA ‐BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law (Spring 2003)
    • CALI Award (highest grade)
    • Dean’s Honor List - 6 semesters
    • Recipient, Marquette University Law School Academic Scholarship
    • Treasurer, Marquette Health Law Society
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (M.A., 2005)
    • Bioethics
    • Master’s Thesis: “To Be Or Not To Be: Should Doctors Decide? Ethical and Legal Aspects Of Medical Futility Policies,” 7 Marquette Elder’s Advisor 313 (Spring 2006)
  • The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.S., magna cum laude, 1994)
    • Nursing
    • Recipient, Riha Doberstein Merit Scholarship
    • Recipient, St. Mary’s Hospital Guild Merit Scholarship

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Publications

  • Co-author, “CMS Takes Steps to Establish a Value-Based Purchasing Program for Hospital Inpatient Services Under Medicare,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (January 26, 2011)
  • Co-author, “CMS Seeks Comments on the Applicability of EMTALA to Hospital Inpatients and Hospitals with Specialized Capabilities,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (January 10, 2011)
  • Co-author, “Registration Opens for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (January 6, 2011)
  • Co-author, “Reporting Risk Management Activities to CMS Under the MMSEA,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (September 23, 2010)
  • Co-author, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Expands Preferential 340B Drug Pricing To New Entities,” Bloomberg’s Health Law Report (July 30, 2010)
  • Co-author, “Extreme Makeover for Medical Staff Bylaws: The New Joint Commission Medical Staff Standard Sends Hospitals Back to the Drawing Board,” American Health Lawyers Association Connections (July 2010)
  • Co-author, “Access to the Section 340B Drug Pricing Program for Newly Eligible Entities,” Journal of Health Care Compliance (July/August 2010)
  • Co-author, “CMS and ONC Release LongAwaited Final Rules Defining Meaningful Use’ and Certification Standards for Electronic Health Records and Implementing the Medicare and Medicaid Payment Incentives,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (July 19, 2010)
  • Co-author, “HHS Releases Proposed HITECH Rule,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (July 15, 2010)
  • Co-author, “CMS Publishes Proposed Rule Regarding Privileging of Telemedicine Professionals,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (June 3, 2010)
  • Co-author, “Access to the Section 340B Drug Pricing Program for Newly Eligible Entities,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (May 12, 2010)
  • Co-author, “Important News for Critical Access Hospitals and Other Providers: Health Care Reform Legislation Expands Access to Section 340B Drug Pricing Program,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (April 20, 2010)
  • Co‐author, “Awash and Confused: Compliance with Hospital Obligations Under the MMSEA,” Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, New Perspectives (March 2010)
  • Co-author, “New Regulations Issued Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (February 22, 2010)
  • Co-author, “HITECH Update: Use Caution When Submitting Online Security Breach Notifications to HHS,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (December 18, 2009)
  • Co-author, “OIG FY 2010 Work Plan Builds on Existing Priorities; Adds Stimulus Funds Projects,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (October 7, 2009)
  • Co-author, “Poliner: A Reassuring Federal Appeals Court Decision, But a Cautionary Tale and Some Practical Advice for Peer Review Bodies,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (July 30, 2008)
  • Co-author, “Updated CDC Guidelines for HIV Testing: A Review for Wisconsin Practitioners,” 107 Wisconsin Medical Journal 2 (2008)
  • Co-author, “Final Rule on Patient's Rights in Hospital Conditions of Participation is Effective January 8, 2007,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert (January 8, 2007)
  • Author, “To Be or Not to Be, Should Your Doctor Decide? Ethical and Legal Aspects of Medical Futility Policies,” 7 Marquette Elder’s Advisor 313 (Spring 2006)
  • Author, “Limiting Conflicts of Interest Arising from Physician Investment in Specialty Hospitals,” Marquette Law Review (Fall 2004)

Presentations

  • “Addressing Patient Requests for Providers with NonCompetence Based Characteristics,” New England Alliance of the American College of Health Care Administrators, (January 20, 2011)
  • “Legal Risks and Challenges in the Electronic Medical Record,” Wisconsin Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (January 29, 2011)
  • “Significant Legal Developments in 2010,” Wisconsin Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (January 29, 2011)
  • “Section 340B Drug Pricing Program and Critical Access Hospitals,” Indiana Rural Health Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, (November 19, 2010)
  • “Section 340B Drug Pricing Program and Critical Access Hospitals,” Indiana Rural Health Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association (November 10, 2010)
  • “Legal Risks and Challenges in the Electronic Medical Record,” Wisconsin Nurses Association (October 11, 2010)
  • “Taking Your Medical Staff Bylaws Back to the Drawing Board, Are You Ready for Revisions?” Wisconsin Association of Medical Staff Services (October 14, 2010)
  • “Taking Your Medical Staff Bylaws Back to the Drawing Board, Are You Ready for Revisions?” Illinois Critical Access Hospital Association (October 13, 2010)
  • “Taking Your Medical Staff Bylaws Back to the Drawing Board, Are You Ready for Revisions?” Foley & Lardner Friday Focus Webinar (August 6, 2010)
  • “HITECH Proposed Rule: What’s New in HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement,” Foley & Lardner Friday Focus Webinar (July 30, 2010)
  • “Legislation Expands Access to Section 340B Drug Pricing Program,” Foley & Lardner Friday Focus Webinar (June 18, 2010)
  • “Legislation Expands Access to Section 340B Drug Pricing Program to Critical Access Hospitals,” Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (June 15, 2010)
  • “The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008,” Meriter Hospital Health Services (May 14, 2010)
  • “Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008: New Regulations Provide Important Guidance,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (April 27, 2010)
  • “Terminating the Patient/Provider Relationship: Legal and Ethical Concerns,” Beloit Memorial Hospital (November 4, 2009)
  • “Health Insurance Reform: What It Means to American Employers,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter (May 14, 2009)
  • “The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008,” World Research Group, 3rd Annual Capitalizing on Medical ‐ Behavioral Healthcare Integration Conference (April 29, 2009)
  • “Access to Experimental Drugs by Patient with Terminal Illnesses,” Medical College of Wisconsin (February 19, 2009)
  • “Advance Directives,” Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (March 26, 2008)
  • “Access to Experimental Drugs: The Ethics of Access,” Aurora Research Ethics Day (September 19, 2008)
  • “Responding to Subpoenas and Other Requests for Protected Health Information,” Wisconsin Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (November 8, 2008)
  • “Overview of Reportable Events,” Wisconsin Emergency Nurses Association (May 8, 2008)
  • “Recent and Upcoming Legislative Initiatives,” Medical College of Wisconsin (October 29, 2008)
  • “Informed Consent,” Central Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (February 7, 2008)
  • “Legal Considerations for Cardiovascular Professionals,” Wisconsin Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (November 9, 2007)
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues in the Emergency Department,” Wisconsin Emergency Nurses Association (February 7, 2007)
  • “Advance Directives,” Medical College of Wisconsin (December 11, 2007)
  • “Advance Directives: Legal and Ethical Considerations,” Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (April 28, 2005)
  • “Advance Directives in Clinical Practice,” Medical College of Wisconsin, Ethics Grand Rounds (April 21, 2005)
  • “Advance Directives: Legal and Ethical Considerations,” Beloit Memorial Hospital (October 13, 2004)

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