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Bonnie Sinclair

Bonnie Galt Sinclair

Counsel
Email:bsinclair@mwlaw.com
Phone:(512) 480.5104
Location: Austin
Bar Admissions: California, Texas

Bonnie Galt Sinclair is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses her practice in all areas of health law, including health care regulatory matters, risk management, operational compliance and business transactions. From her prior experiences as a risk manager and a registered nurse in a busy emergency department and cardiac intensive care unit, Bonnie has gained invaluable insight into the day-to-day challenges faced by health care providers.

Experience

  • Serves as counsel to hospitals and health systems, medical groups, physicians, long-term care facilities and other health care entities providing regulatory, operational, compliance and risk management guidance. 
  • Advises and counsels health care entities and medical groups regarding board governance, licensure and accreditation issues.
  • Assists hospital boards and medical staff leadership with issues regarding medical staff governance, credentialing, peer review, disciplinary actions and reporting.
  • Represents clients on a broad spectrum of federal and state regulatory issues, including the federal Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act and similar state laws and regulations.
  • Counsels health care clients on federal and state fraud and abuse issues including the federal Anti-Kickback Law, the Stark Law, the False Claims and similar state laws and regulations and assists with responses to government investigations, inquiries, potential compensatory and reportable events.
  • Advises clients in matters regarding health information privacy, data security and digital/telehealth, including issues involving the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and similar state laws and regulations.
  • Advises and counsels academic medical centers on a broad range of issues including biomedical research on human subjects along with institutional and investigator compliance issues and graduate medical education (GME) program compliance, including guidance on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) standards, resident labor & employment issues, credentialing, peer review, disciplinary issues and administrative hearings.
  • Provides advice and counsel to hospital ethics committees regarding advance directives, end-of-life and other bioethical issues.
  • Advises and counsels health care entities and individuals regarding federal and state regulatory issues involving birth, death and anatomical gifts.
  • Advises health care clients on regulatory issues involving mental health and chemical dependency treatment.
  • Counsels clients on risk management, loss prevention, self-insurance, quality/performance improvement and safety issues.
  • Represents physicians, nurses, individuals and entities on licensure issues involving investigations, contested matters, administrative hearings and appeals before various state licensing boards, agencies and commissions.
  • Assists with regulatory support for litigation.
  • Provides corporate transaction structuring and general contracting advice.

Education

  • University of Utah College of Law J.D. (1986)
  • University of California at Los Angeles B.S. in Nursing, cum laude (1979)

Professional Recognition

  • Board Certified in Health Law: Texas Board of Legal Specialization 
  • Registered Nurse: State of Texas, State of California
  • Public Health Nurse, State of California 
  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Insurance Institute of America 
  • Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN), Los Angeles County, 1981-91
  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), 1981-85
  • Critical Care Nurse Certification (CCRN), 1980-86
  • Sigma Theta Tau - National Honor Society of Nursing

Involvement

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), Corporate and Health Care Law Sections
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA), Health Law Section
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, UCLA Alumni Association
  • Member, University of Texas at Austin Texas Parents Association

News & Articles

Firm News

Publications

  • Optimized Comprehensive Clinical Care and Performance Improvement Systems Manuals, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., 2007 Edition. This four (4) volume set includes: (1) Management and Operations Manual; (2) Compliance/Performance Improvement Manual; (3) Human Resources Manual; and (4) Information Management Manual
  • Comment, A Critique and Revision of the Utah Guardianship Statute for Incapacitated Persons, 1986 Utah Law Rev. 629
  • Medical/Legal Update, Cedars-Sinai Medical Staff News, Winter 1995
  • Medical/Legal Update, Cedars-Sinai Medical Staff News, Summer 1994
  • Stab Wound to the Chest, Journal of Emergency Nursing, Vol. 7(1), January – February 1981
  • Intravenous Medications Commonly Used in the Emergency Department, Journal of Emergency Nursing, Vol. 7(5), September – October 1981