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  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1993, cum laude; Loyola Law Review; Member and Alumni Coordinator, Loyola Moot Court Board; Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society; The Thomas More-Loyola Law School American Inn of Court
  • Boston University, M.S. in Communications, 1990, cum laude
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A. in Communications, 1987, cum laude
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Nadia de la Houssaye
Partner
Suite 1600
600 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.593.7634 tel
337.593.7601 fax

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Nadia de la Houssaye is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Healthcare team. Her practice has a specific concentration in telemedicine and e-health, and she heads the firm's telemedicine section. 

In 1997, Ms. de la Houssaye co-founded one of the first teleradiology companies in the state of Louisiana, assisting with the company's corporate formation, organization, governance, risk management, licensing,credentialing, informed consent, contractual relationships, multi-state insurance risks, peer review, and quality control. She acted as the company's general counsel until 2004, when the company merged with NightHawk Radiology Services, the largest teleradiology company in the United States at the time. Ms. de la Houssaye continues to advise numerous physicians, hospitals, and telemedicine groups regarding legal issues involving risk management, corporate compliance,multi-state litigation, and choice-of-law issues. Her telemedicine background includes issues involving electronic health records, electronic medical communications, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues specific to telemedicine, and compliance issues with state quality assurance and quality control statutes.

In addition, Ms. de la Houssaye represents the Louisiana Patients' Compensation Fund in the defense of medical malpractice claims, as well as in the defense of the constitutionality of the Medical Malpractice Act. Ms. de la Houssaye also has extensive experience with traditional healthcare issues, such as hospital-physician relations, including exclusive contracts and medical privileges and credentialing; certificates of need and licensure; medical coding and reimbursement; fraud and abuse laws, including federal and state Anti-Kickback Statutes; Stark; False Claims Act; healthcare fraud statutes; HIPAA; reimbursement and claims issues; and Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial payer requirements.

Ms. de la Houssaye's representative engagements include reducing medical malpractice exposure by conducting a systematic audit of the following areas:

  • Quality assurance/quality control and peer review protocols that withstand judicial scrutiny
  • Medical staff bylaws, rules, regulations, and compliance protocol, with a particular focus on telemedicine
  • Physician licensing and credentialing policies, with a particular focus on telemedicine
  • Board and senior management involvement and supervision
  • Oversight of nursing staff, technicians, and aids under the direction of telemedicine physicians
  • The proper roles for risk managers and risk management committees
  • Implementation of Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Requirements

Ms. de la Houssaye is active in a number of health care organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American Telemedicine Association, and the Louisiana Hospital Association.

Noteworthy

  • Recognized as a "2014 Top Rated Lawyer" in the areas of Healthcare and Commercial Litigation by The American Lawyer
  • Recognized as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" in the areas of Healthcare and Commercial Litigation by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer Magazines
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Health Care (listed annually since 2016)

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  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Federal Bar Association (Secretary, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter)
  • Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Lafayette Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas