Karen S. Rieger


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

Phone: 405.235.7788
Fax: 405.272.5253
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Karen 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. Karen received a B.A. Degree in Journalism (with distinction) and a J.D. Degree (with honors) from the University of Oklahoma.

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.

Karen is a past chair of the OBA Health Law Section, and has served on the Board of Editors of the Oklahoma Bar Journal and on the Awards Committee. She serves as a director of the Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association and is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, as a frequent seminar presenter, dispute resolver and author of The Medical Staff Guidebook: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Collaboration (2016 Edition). Karen served as 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.

Karen has served on a number of civic and charitable boards over the years, and currently serves on the Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy Commission, which operates the J.D. McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXII, and on the Boards of Canterbury Voices and Sooner Stilettos.

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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

  • 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
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law (1991 - Present)
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers in Healthcare and Not-for-Profit Entities since 2006
  • Received two Leadership in Law awards
  • Twice recognized as a finalist for the Woman of the Year Award by the Journal Record
  • Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • 2015 OBA Mona Lambird Spotlight Award

Published Works

  • "The Medical Staff Guidebook: Minimizing the Risks and Maximizing Collaboration, Fourth Edition" (Author), American Health Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Change in OPPS Reimbursement, The Oklahoman Q&A, December 2015
  • Unique Anti-Referral Laws: How They Affect Business Arrangements in the Health Care Industry, Oklahoma Bar Journal, January 2015
  • 2 Midnight Rule, The Oklahoman Q&A, August 2014
  • HIPAA Update, The Oklahoman article, August 2014
  • 2 Midnight Rule, Modern Healthcare Interview, 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • The Color of Money: Provider Reimbursement Update, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 27, 2017
  • Back to the Future: Potential Changes to ACA & the Effect on Providers, Payers & Employers, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 27, 2017
  • Oklahoma!: Healthcare Legislation and the Medicaid Nursing Facility UPL Program, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 27, 2017
  • War and Peace: Emerging Issues in Hospital/Physician Relationships, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 27, 2017
  • Tip for Negotiating Physician Employment and Other Agreements, University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, February 2, 2017
  • EMTALA Update, Stillwater Medical Center, January 31, 2017
  • 2016 Year-in-Review Health Law Update, Oklahoma Bar Association, December 8, 2016
  • Fundamentals of Health Law - Medical Staff Fundamentals and Emerging Issues, American Health Lawyers Association (Chicago, Illinois), November 14, 2016
  • Trending Legal Issues, Oklahoma Hospital Association Convention, November 2, 2016
  • PA Employment, Independent Contractor and Recruitment Arrangements, OCU PA Program, November, 2016
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Update, Oklahoma Health Information Management Association (Tulsa, Oklahoma), September 16, 2016
  • Managing Key Legal Tipping Points, Oklahoma Hospital Association 2016 Health Care Leaders Forum, June 17, 2016
  • HIPAA Update and More, Administrative Consultant Services, LLC, June 3, 2016
  • HIPAA Legal Workshop, Oklahoma Health Information Management Association, May 20, 2016
  • Balancing the Interests: The Revolution in Health Information, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, May 3, 2016
  • Teaming Up for Success: Emerging Issues in Hospital/Physician Employment, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, May 3, 2016
  • HIPAA and Law Enforcement, Stillwater Medical Center, April 27, 2016
  • Contract Education and Contract Checklist, Stillwater Medical Center, April 27, 2016
  • The Changing Face of the Medical Staff, OBA Health Law Section, April 21, 2016
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association - Legal Update, November 2015
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Records, Oklahoma Health Information Management Assocation, September 2015
  • HIPAA Webinar, Oklahoma Health Information Management Assocation, April 17, 2015
  • Ranchers and Rodeos: A Roundup of the Top Ten Healthcare Legal Developments, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 16, 2015
  • Boom or Bust: The Changing Face of the Medical Staff, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 16, 2015
  • Emerging Medical Staff Issues, American Health Lawyers Association, Physicians and Hospitals Program (Las Vegas, Nevada), February 2015
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association Health Law Update, November 9, 2014
  • Can't Buy Me Love -- Impact of Stark Law Developments on Physician/Hospital Relationships, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 1, 2014
  • Magical Mystery Tour - Key Healthcare Legal Developments, Crowe & Dunlevy Health Law Update, April 1, 2014
  • Health Law Section Update, Oklahoma Bar Association, November 2014
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