de la Houssaye
Nadia de la Houssaye is co-leader of the firm’s healthcare litigation team and heads the Healthcare Industry telemedicine team. She works extensively with hospitals, health systems, providers, and start-up companies to structure and integrate telemedicine, telehealth, and digital health platforms.
Nadia has a broad-based litigation and health care regulatory practice advising clients from across the industry spectrum. She has 25 years of experience with traditional healthcare issues such as medical malpractice defense and hospital-physician relations, including exclusive contracts and medical privileges and credentialing, as well as certificates of need and licensure, medical coding and reimbursement, and fraud and abuse laws, including federal and state EMTALA actions, Stark and Anti-Kickback violations, and False Claims Act violations.
Nadia provides ongoing counsel to large hospital systems in managing and reducing human error and 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; physician licensing and credentialing policies, with a particular focus on telemedicine; board and senior management involvement and supervision; oversight of nursing staff, technicians, and aides under the direction of telemedicine physicians; the proper roles for risk managers and risk management committees; and implementation of Medicare secondary payer reporting requirements.
An industry thought leader, Nadia is chair of the firm’s telemedicine team. Her passion for the expansion and growth of telemedicine began in 1997, when she co-founded and served as general counsel to one of Louisiana’s first teleradiology networks. In 2004, the company merged with another network, creating Nighthawk, the nation’s largest teleradiology network at the time, with headquarters in the United States, Australia, and Germany.
Since 2004, Nadia has continued to provide strategic counsel to healthcare providers and hospital systems on telemedicine service lines, including international telemedicine arrangements involving multistate and international licensure and scope of practice issues, cross-border compliance issues, patient consent requirements, commercial payor reimbursement issues, Medicare and state Medicaid billing requirements, and coverage and reimbursement issues. Nadia currently represents the largest health system in Louisiana with its litigation and telemedicine.
An active member of the American Telemedicine Association, Nadia speaks and moderates sessions at its yearly fall forums and annual meetings. She also is a member of numerous healthcare organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the ABA Healthcare Section, the American Healthcare Lawyers Association, and the Louisiana Hospital Association. Nadia is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Texas.
Nadia is regularly sought out by industry publications for her insights on legal issues in telemedicine; recent examples include the following:
- de la Houssaye Featured in Bloomberg BNA, November 2017: “Telemedicine is the only solution in diagnosing a health condition, when time is of the essence, like a stroke or heart attack, and no physician specialists are available to timely treat the patient in person. With large physician shortages, particularly in rural areas, a telemedicine platform makes the difference between life and death and a full recovery versus long-term disabilities with extended hospital stays.”
- de la Houssaye Quoted in Bloomberg BNA, August 2017: Nadia says that “telemedicine providers need to be careful when practicing in a state and not assume that all of their practices in one state qualify in another.”
- de la Houssaye Quoted in Bloomberg BNA, June 2016: Nadia discusses the new guidelines issued by the American Medical Association and says that they "reiterate what telemedicine advocates have been stating for years: that parity of ethical and professional standards apply to all aspects of a physician's practice, regardless of how the care is delivered."
- de la Houssaye Featured in mHealthIntelligence, May 2016: Nadia discusses legal requirements in the telemedicine industry.
- de la Houssaye Quoted in mHealthIntelligence, October 2015
- de la Houssaye Featured in a mHealth News Q&A, June 2015
- de la Houssaye featured in a Q&A with RevCycleIntelligence.com, May 2015
- de la Houssaye Interviewed by MedCity News, May 2015: Nadia discusses a better way to regulate telemedicine. She suggests that instead of a state-by-state approach, states should enter into a "national compact" together.