Kathleen P. Rubinstein

Healthcare Policy Analyst

Houston
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Kathleen P. Rubinstein is a policy analyst in the Healthcare Industry and Government Policy practices. Laboring at the intersection of public policy and healthcare law for much of her career, Kathleen works with clients on developing and implementing strategies for advancing their public policy goals and addressing their regulatory concerns. In this role, she focuses on federal and state legislative and rulemaking actions and serves as an information resource for clients on healthcare industry issues. She is highly experienced in matters involving regulation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Kathleen frequently collaborates with her law firm colleagues on articles and presentations of topical interest to the healthcare industry. She is the founding editor and curator of content for the BakerHostetler Health Law Update newsletter and the Health Law Update blog, which offer insightful reporting and analysis of developing issues in healthcare law. Well known for her knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system, Kathleen has led staff education seminars for clients and lectured law students on the role of government in healthcare. She is a long-time adjunct faculty member of the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Houston where she teaches a graduate seminar on healthcare policy.

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  • Instrumental in developing and managing a coalition of 20 freestanding children’s hospitals with a shared interest in advancing national solutions for reforming the Medicaid program. 
  • Actively engaged in the strategic planning and development of policy alternatives and proposals, legislative language, advocacy, branding and communications plans for the creation of a nationally-designated network in Medicaid for children with medical complexity. 
  • Organizes and manages the work of stakeholder groups; plans and directs consensus building efforts in support of key policy objectives.  
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Experience

  • Instrumental in developing and managing a coalition of 20 freestanding children’s hospitals with a shared interest in advancing national solutions for reforming the Medicaid program. 
  • Actively engaged in the strategic planning and development of policy alternatives and proposals, legislative language, advocacy, branding and communications plans for the creation of a nationally-designated network in Medicaid for children with medical complexity. 
  • Organizes and manages the work of stakeholder groups; plans and directs consensus building efforts in support of key policy objectives.  
  • Engages in client policy audits and strategic planning to identify policy goals and priorities, assess advocacy efforts, and devise work plans and timelines for advancing client objectives. 
  • Produces client e-mail briefings including during passage of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Participates in government policy and regulatory interactions at state and federal levels; prepares and manages government filings and submissions.

Recognitions

  • Recognition Award, University of Houston Masters of Public Administration Program 
  • Alumni Profile, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration

Memberships

  • American Hospital Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • University of Houston MPA Alumni Association

Services

Industries

Emerging Issues

Admissions

  • [Not an Attorney]

Education

  • M.A., Public Administration, concentration in Health Policy Studies, University of Houston, 1996
  • B.A., Our Lady of the Lake University, 1992, with honors

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Health Law Update
Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
February 24, 2017
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Health Law Update
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Health Law Update
Final Rule Expands OIG Exclusion Authority
February 22, 2017
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Health Law Update
Courts’ Consistent Application of Stevens to State Institutions of Higher Learning
February 21, 2017
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Health Law Update
Amendment 7 Stands Its Ground Against the Federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act
February 21, 2017
It is well known in Florida that Article X, Section 25 of the Florida Constitution (Amendment 7) provides patients with access to any adverse medical incident report (even involving other patients) created by healthcare providers. This has...
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