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Sigrid C. Haines
Partner
8830 Stanford Boulevard
Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410.347.8753
Fax: 410.223.3735
shaines@wtplaw.com
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.8753
Fax: 410.223.3735
Awards

Sigrid Haines is a health care and elder law attorney. She has earned a reputation as one of Maryland’s most respected health care attorneys for her representation of hospitals, medical and health-related foundations, health care systems, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians and pharmacies. She also practices in the guardianship field.

Sigrid counsels hospitals on a broad range of legal matters, including contract disputes and negotiations; hospital privileges and credentials; patient care; policy, licensing, accreditation and regulatory matters; HIPAA issues; medical staff bylaws; and fraud and abuse investigations and litigation. She also advises physicians and dentists on privileging and credentialing, licensing, payor issues, contracts and peer review activities.

Sigrid represents individuals and institutions in guardianship matters and has been appointed as guardian of property in a number of cases. For clients who are competent, but who recognize that they need assistance, she often serves as attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney to handle financial and health care needs based on her clients’ instructions. In fulfilling her duties to the court or to her clients, Sigrid works with both county and private social workers in order to provide the highest quality of life possible. In addition, she ensures that bills get paid and money is managed efficiently to meet the needs of her clients and wards.

Healthcare – Hospitals and Nonprofits, Accreditation and Regulations

Health Law counsel during multi-hospital system's merger and joint venture with other hospital systems and healthcare organizations

Representation of physician practice group in strategic alliance with hospital

Representation of physician practice in negotiation with large healthcare system

Representation of healthcare providers before multiple licensure boards

Counsel to Hospital Boards in physician disciplinary matters and credentialing

Advise clients on HIPAA compliance issues

Professional Disciplinary Matters, Fraud & Abuse

Representation of healthcare providers before multiple licensure boards, including physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, acupuncturists and respiratory therapists

Representation of healthcare providers in qui tam case involving fraudulent Medicare billing

Advise healthcare clients on fraud and abuse issues including self-referral, anti-kickback false claims and false statements

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Health law counsel to long-term care facility during Medicare audit, change in ownership and eventual sale of facility

Health law counsel representation of continuing care retirement communities on licensure, regulatory, and contractual issues

Health law counsel to publicly-traded company re: change in ownership of continuing care retirement community

Advise continuing care providers on regulatory submissions including contracts, disclosure statements, amendments, notifications and filings

Business and Corporate Law

Advise parties in merger, acquisition and other business transactions regarding health care issues

Advise health care clients in formation, corporate structure and governance

Advise health care entities in physician recruitment

Review and evaluate physician employment/independent contractor agreements

White Collar Criminal Defense

Representation of health care providers in responding to and defending against government inquiries, investigations, and prosecutions

Recognitions

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Health Care, 2012 to present

Listed in Chambers USA, Health Care, 2011 to present

AV Pre-eminent Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in Maryland and Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)

Publications & Presentations

Healthcare Decision-Making, Montgomery County Bar Association, February 2017

Physician Contracting Issues, Inova Fairfax Hospital, February 2017

Common Sense Measures Ensure a HIPAA Compliant Practice, Maryland Physician Magazine, March 2012

Maryland Health Care Advance Directives: The Law May Be Changing, April 2006

Health Care Decisions: Have You Made Yours? May 2005

    Memberships & Activities

    Secretary/Treasurer: Health Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association 

    Board Member: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Advisory Board for Patient Safety

    Member: Maryland State Bar Association (Health Law Section Council 1993-present, Health Law Section 1989-present, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section Council 2014-2015, Board of Governors 2010-2012)

    Member: American Health Lawyers Association (1983-present)

    Auxiliary Board Member: Days End Farm Horse Rescue

    Education

    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D. 1984)
    • Bucknell University (B.A. 1981)