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Stephanie A. Russo

Stephanie A. Russo

Partner

2 South Biscayne Blvd.
21st Floor
Miami, FL 33131
stephanie.russo@nelsonmullins.com

Stephanie A. Russo is a Florida Bar Board Certified Health Law attorney with more than 18 years of experience representing hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare providers, including one of the largest for-profit health care companies in the United States, on an array of operational, regulatory compliance and litigation matters.  Certification is the highest level...

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Stephanie A. Russo is a Florida Bar Board Certified Health Law attorney with more than 18 years of experience representing hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare providers, including one of the largest for-profit health care companies in the United States, on an array of operational, regulatory compliance and litigation matters.  Certification is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. 

Ms. Russo regularly advises clients on bylaws and governance, credentialing and privileging, peer review, physician discipline, National Practitioner Data Bank and state licensing board reporting, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, and health information privacy. 

Stephanie A. Russo

of recognition by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. 

Ms. Russo regularly advises clients on bylaws and governance, credentialing and privileging, peer review, physician discipline, National Practitioner Data Bank and state licensing board reporting, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, and health information privacy. 

Stephanie A. Russo is a Florida Bar Board Certified Health Law attorney with more than 18 years of experience representing hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare providers, including one of the largest for-profit health care companies in the United States, on an array of operational, regulatory compliance and litigation matters.  Certification is the highest level... of recognition by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. 

Ms. Russo regularly advises clients on bylaws and governance, credentialing and privileging, peer review, physician discipline, National Practitioner Data Bank and state licensing board reporting, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, and health information privacy. 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Experience

  • Reviewed hospital bariatric surgery program, including credentialing and privileging and peer review of all surgeons, and recommended program, policy and credentialing and privileging changes and best practices to comply with accreditation standards and regulations and improve quality, post a multi-million-dollar jury verdict entered against a hospital for vicarious liability for malpractice and fraudulent representations about surgeon’s credentials.
  • Drafted health information privacy policies for healthcare system to comply with HIPAA and Florida specific privacy standards.
  • Advised on medical staff disputes, including litigation, concerning governance, credentialing and privileging, peer review and physician discipline.
  • Reviewed and revised hospital’s medical staff bylaws to ensure compliance with all Joint Commission standards and state law.
  • Advised hospital on transition to centralized credentialing policies.
  • Reviewed policies and practices on involuntary treatment of mental illness and substance abuse impairment, recommended revisions and trained hospital staff.
  • Investigated suspected drug diversion by anesthesia providers, assisted with peer review of providers, drafted policy for progressive response to provider discrepancies and oversaw ongoing monitoring of and response to discrepancies.
  • Assisted and advised medical review committees and governing bodies of hospitals on credentialing, privileging and discipline and fair hearings for numerous physicians, including physicians reported to have engaged in behaviors that undermine a culture of safety, and drafted a hospital-wide behavior code of conduct and a medical staff policy for handling such reports.  
  • Defended numerous physician lawsuits on the denial or termination of privileges.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, JD, cum laude (1996)
  • Rutgers University, BA, Psychology (1992)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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  • Florida Bar Association, Member
    • Health Law Board Certification Committee, past Member and Chair
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Health Law section
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
    • Founder and past Chair of Health Law Committee
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, Past Member
  • Foster Care Review (a non-profit organization that helps courts monitor abused, abandoned and neglected children), past Member, Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Key Largo, Member
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