Diane Robben, Shareholder

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Biography

Diane S. Robben is a Shareholder and joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 1997. She focuses her practice in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. For years she led the firms’ Associate Committee, mentoring newer associates into the practice of law and the nuances of working in a large law firm. She currently Co-Chairs the firm’s Women’s Forum, where they provide educational and leadership opportunities for women to advance their careers, both through internal promotion and external networking. Diane is a former Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer, being recognized by her peers within the legal community. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Marketing Committee.

Health Care Transactional and Regulatory Practice

Diane leads the firm’s transactional and regulatory health care practice, devoting a significant amount of time advising hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other healthcare providers on a variety of issues to find practical solutions to complicated legal problems. For instance, she routinely advises healthcare providers on various risk management, compliance and operational issues, such as general healthcare, patient care issues, medical records release, HIPAA/HITECH compliance, policy and procedure review, human resources, end-of-life issues and guardianships.  Furthermore, she regularly offers guidance on regulatory and transactional issues related to business transactions, such as fraud and abuse, anti-kickback, Stark, joint ventures, physician recruitment, EMTALA, Medicare compliance, contract review, physician practice association, and medical staff issues.

Diane also assists practitioners in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts pertaining to operational and management functions, including but not limited to personal services, physician recruitment, employment, medical directors, vendor services, consulting, shared services, and lease/equipment rental.

Representing physicians, chiropractors, psychiatrists and nurses before the Department of Professional Regulation in Illinois and the Board of Healing Arts in Missouri also comprises a portion of Diane’s litigation work.  She is experienced in medical staff credentialing, governance, disciplinary matters, impaired health professional issues, patient rights issues and bio-ethical issues. She has served as a Hearing Officer in medical staff peer review proceedings at numerous hospitals, as well as counsel to both physicians and medical Executive Committees.

Medical Malpractice Defense

A substantial portion of Diane’s work comprises representing hospitals and healthcare providers in Illinois and Missouri, defending cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic brain injuries, and a wide array of medical matters including emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecologic, neonatology, post-surgical management, negligent credentialing, chiropractic care and nursing negligence. She represents physicians, nurses, chiropractors and other health care professionals in all phases of litigation, including mediation and trial.

Background

Civic Activities
Diane serves as a Board member of SSM St. Joseph Foundation, supporting St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, MO and St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, MO.

She is also actively involved with her community and her two daughters’ schools, and competitive gymnastics team.

Professional Activities

Diane is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri and Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois.

She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Area Risk Managers Association, the St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, and the Missouri Adult Day Services Association.

Diane is also involved with the Southern Illinois University School of Law Alumni Association, and the Bradley University Alumni.

Education
Diane earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi, from Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale in 1997.

She received her undergraduate degree in Business Management, magna cum laude, from Bradley University in 1994.

Successes

Presentations

Diane routinely speaks to healthcare clients and professional associations, as well as other practicing attorneys on such topics as Confidentiality of Medical Records in Illinois, Motion Practice, Representing Physicians and Nurses in Disciplinary Actions, Medical Charting and Credentialing, HIPAA and HITECH Act, Risk Management, and Medicare Secondary Payer Act. She is the firm’s HIPAA and Medicare expert, and is often consulted by other lawyers on these topics.  A sample of Diane’s more recent presentations include:

HIPAA Workshops – since the Spring of 2013, Diane has partnered with Keystone IT Consulting to present interactive HIPAA workshops to healthcare practice managers and IT security folks relating to compliance with the technicalities of the HITECH Act.  She has presented 10 workshops throughout the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cape Girardeau area. Her website, www.hipaaworkshops.com is updated regularly with upcoming training opportunities.

Recent Presentations:

St. Francis Medical Center – Healthcare Regulatory Updates (May 2015)

MGMA Practice Advocacy Conference – Medical Practice Issues (October 2014)

Lorman Medical Records – with Denise Bloch (July 2014)

NextGen User Group Meeting – HIPAA/HITECH (April 2014)

Medical Records Law in Illinois, Lorman Education Services (July 2013)

Signature Medical Group – Keynote Speaker at Annual Physician Board meeting on HIPAA/HITECH (July 2013)

Missouri Adult Day Services Association Annual Conference – Lake of the Ozarks – HIPAA/HITECH, Guardianships/Power of Attorneys, Liability Risks (April 2013)

HIPAA/HITECH Updates with Keystone IT Consulting (March 2013)

MGMA St. Louis Spring Conference – HIPAA and HITECH (March 2013)

Legal Issues for Medical Practice – Mt. Vernon, IL with Rend Lake College (March 2013)

Compliance Plans – MGMA St. Louis (January 2013)

Employment Considerations – University of Missouri – Cardiology Fellowship (November 2012)

Social Media and Web Activities for your Medical Practice. Breakfast of Champions Series for Physicians and Medical Practice Managers (July 2012)

Medical Records Law in Illinois. Lorman Education Services (July 2012)

Practical Tips in Handling and Reviewing Medical Records, Sandberg Phoenix Professional Development Series

Publications
Diane has published several articles in the firm’s periodic Health Law Practice Group Newsletter, as well as the Hospital Legal Pulse, a quarterly firm publication for rural hospitals on various topics. She also co-authors a monthly newsletter for the Missouri Adult Day Services Association (MOADSA) entitled In the Know.

Co-Author, “Physicians Beware of Referrals for Home Care and Potential Fraud Charges,” Medical Group Management Association, April/May 2015

BIOGRAPHY

Diane S. Robben is a Shareholder and joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 1997. She focuses her practice in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. For years she led the firms’ Associate Committee, mentoring newer associates into the practice of law and the nuances of working in a large law firm. She currently Co-Chairs the firm’s Women’s Forum, where they provide educational and leadership opportunities for women to advance their careers, both through internal promotion and external networking. Diane is a former Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer, being recognized by her peers within the legal community. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Marketing Committee.

Health Care Transactional and Regulatory Practice

Diane leads the firm’s transactional and regulatory health care practice, devoting a significant amount of time advising hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other healthcare providers on a variety of issues to find practical solutions to complicated legal problems. For instance, she routinely advises healthcare providers on various risk management, compliance and operational issues, such as general healthcare, patient care issues, medical records release, HIPAA/HITECH compliance, policy and procedure review, human resources, end-of-life issues and guardianships.  Furthermore, she regularly offers guidance on regulatory and transactional issues related to business transactions, such as fraud and abuse, anti-kickback, Stark, joint ventures, physician recruitment, EMTALA, Medicare compliance, contract review, physician practice association, and medical staff issues.

Diane also assists practitioners in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts pertaining to operational and management functions, including but not limited to personal services, physician recruitment, employment, medical directors, vendor services, consulting, shared services, and lease/equipment rental.

Representing physicians, chiropractors, psychiatrists and nurses before the Department of Professional Regulation in Illinois and the Board of Healing Arts in Missouri also comprises a portion of Diane’s litigation work.  She is experienced in medical staff credentialing, governance, disciplinary matters, impaired health professional issues, patient rights issues and bio-ethical issues. She has served as a Hearing Officer in medical staff peer review proceedings at numerous hospitals, as well as counsel to both physicians and medical Executive Committees.

Medical Malpractice Defense

A substantial portion of Diane’s work comprises representing hospitals and healthcare providers in Illinois and Missouri, defending cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic brain injuries, and a wide array of medical matters including emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecologic, neonatology, post-surgical management, negligent credentialing, chiropractic care and nursing negligence. She represents physicians, nurses, chiropractors and other health care professionals in all phases of litigation, including mediation and trial.

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