Karen S. Rieger


Office: Oklahoma City
Email: karen.rieger@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 405.235.7788
Fax: 405.272.5253
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Rieger, Karen

Karen S. Rieger is recognized by her clients and peers throughout Oklahoma as an authority on healthcare legal issues and issues affecting nonprofit corporations. She joined Crowe & Dunlevy in 1981, and today, as a director and shareholder, serves as the chair of the firm’s Healthcare practice group.

Her practice includes representation of healthcare institutions and practitioners throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states on a broad range of health law issues including: the Affordable Care Act, the Anti-Kickback and Stark laws, HIPAA privacy and security requirements, laws affecting tax-exempt and governmental healthcare providers, Medicare reimbursement rules, medical staff issues and others. She has been involved structuring numerous acquisitions, joint ventures and contracts involving healthcare providers.

She is chair of the OBA Health Law Section, serves as an Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association director and is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Rieger is an associate bar examiner for the Oklahoma Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association's Health Law and Business Association sections. She has also served as a University of Oklahoma College of Law adjunct professor of healthcare law.

Rieger serves on a number of civic and charitable boards, including the Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy Commission, which operates the J.D. McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities, and is the 2014 president of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma's board of directors. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXII, and on the Board of Canterbury Choral Society.

Her list of rankings and honors include:

  • Chambers USA Band 1 ranking in Corporate/Commercial Healthcare
  • Best Lawyers Oklahoma City Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012 and 2014
  • Best Lawyers Compliance Lawyer of the Year, 2013 and 2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law since 1991
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers in Healthcare and Not-for-Profit Entities since 2006
  • Received the Leadership in Law Award and was recognized twice as a finalist for the Woman of the Year Award by the Journal Record business newspaper
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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Business Association Member, 1981–Present)
  • American Bar Association (Health Law Section Member, 1981–Present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Associate Bar Examiner, 2010–Present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Awards Committee, 1996–2010)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Oklahoma Bar Journal Board of Editors, 1996–2000)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Public Information Committee, 2001–2002)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Health Law Section (Chairperson, 1995)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Health Law Section (Chairperson-Elect, 1994 and 2014)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Health Law Section (Secretary, 1993 and 2013)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Health Law Section (Treasurer, 1992 and 2012)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Law Day Committee, 1983–1988)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Law Day Chairman, 1988)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Business Associations Section
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Law Day Committee, 1983–1984)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Briefcase Newsletter Committee, 1982–1985)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Co-Editor, Briefcase Newsletter, 1983 –1985)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Public Affairs and Media Relations Committee, 1987)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Alternate Delegate to OBA Convention, 1985–1986)
  • Cleveland County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Co-Chair, Long-Term Care Practice Group, 1997–2001)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member, Medical Staff, Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member, Fraud and Abuse Practice Group)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member, Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member, Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group)
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association (President, 2000–2001)
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association (Vice President, 1999–2000)
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association (Secretary/Treasurer, 1998–1999)
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association (Director, 1997–Present)
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association (Member, COBRA Task Force, 1990)

Honors & Awards

  • Golden Gavel Award--Outstanding Committee OBA Law Day Com, 1983-88
  • Athena Award Nominee (Norman Chamber of Commerce Award), 2008
  • Leadership Oklahoma Class XXII
  • Chambers USA Band 1 ranking in Corporate/Commercial Healthcare
  • Best Lawyers Oklahoma City Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012 & 2014
  • Best Lawyers Compliance Lawyer of the Year, 2013 & 2015
  • Best Lawyers, 1991 - Present
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Leadership in Law Award, The Journal Record
  • Woman of the Year, The Journal Record

Published Works

  • "Healthcare Entity Bylaws and Related Documents: Navigating the Medical Staff/Healthcare Entity Relationship" (Co-Author) , American Health Lawyers Association Practice Guide, 2011
  • Federal Health Information Privacy Requirements, ACLM Legal Medicine 6th Ed, February 2004
  • Oklahoma Health Information Medical Records Manual, 2013
  • Analysis of HIPAA Preemption of Oklahoma Laws—2001
  • Chapter on "Decision Making in Treatment Issues," Regulatory, Operational & Financial Guideposts (Co-Author), The Long Term Care Handbook, American Health Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "Maneuvering the Mundane Minefield: A Practical Guide to Legal Opinions in Healthcare Transactions" (Co-Author), Journal of Health Law, Volume 32, No. 2, Spring, 1999
  • Oklahoma Assisted Suicide Prevention Act Further Restricts A Patient
  • "The Hearing Officer Guidebook" (Co-Author), American Health Lawyers Association, June 1998
  • "Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions: The Importance of Representations and Warranties" (Co-Author), National Health Lawyers Association Monograph Series, 1997
  • "Healthcare Legal Update: Corporate Negligence for Hospitals" (Co-Author), Lex Mundi World Reports, March 1996
  • "Health Care Joint Ventures: Structural & Regulatory Issues" (Co-Author), Health Law and Business Series, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 1996
  • Unique Anti-Referral Laws: How They Affect Business Arrangements in the Health Care Industry, Oklahoma Bar Journal, January 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Unique Medical Staff Issues Relating to Employed Physicians, Hospitalists, EMTALA, ACOs and More," AHLA Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, February 2, 2015, Las Vegas, NV

  • Speaker, "Healthcare Law Update," Oklahoma Hospital Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, November 19, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Moderator, "Stay Sharp: Looking Beyond Biohazard Exposure Control," Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare Practice Group Webinar, June 25, 2014

  • Speaker, "Key Healthcare Legal Developments" & "Impact of Stark and Anti-Kickback Law Developments on Physician/Hospital Relationships," 24th Annual Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare Seminar, April 1, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "Affordable Care Act Legal Update," Oklahoma Hospital Association Convention & Tradeshow, November 20, 2013, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, Oklahoma Bar Association Health Law Update, December 12 & 19, 2013, Tulsa & Oklahoma City, OK
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