Re Knack is a member of the Healthcare and Litigation Departments. Her practice focuses on insurance, healthcare and civil matters. Re provides a wide range of legal services to members of the healthcare industry including regulatory compliance, confidentiality and privacy-related compliance services including HIPAA and state laws, licensing and risk management related services and related investigations, federal and state agency investigations, guidance and representation related to medical staffing, and defense of professional negligence claims.

Re’s practice includes legal advice and litigation relating to insurance coverage and bad faith for policyholders and the insurance industry including property and casualty, life, health and disability.

Re also provides guidance and advice to the insurance industry and self-insureds with respect to their obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA).

Re was named to the Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine for 2005 and 2010 – 2016. She has also been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in Health Care for 2011 and has been designated as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Washington” for 2012 – 2016.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court (Western & Eastern Washington, Connecticut)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Second & Ninth Circuit)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, 1993
  • B.A. Smith College, 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Medicare Secondary Payer Update – Medicare Advantage and Part D," WCI Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 23, 2016.
  • Presenter, “The Trips and Traps of Producing Medical Records,” 2016 Aldridge Health Conference, Seattle, WA, July, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Balancing Risk Management and Practice: Unprofessional Conduct,” Wellspring Family Services, Seattle, WA, May, 2016 and October, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Just Press Print: Challenges in Producing EHRs in Litigation,” 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March, 2016
  • Panelist, “The Great Debate: Navigating the Difficult MSP Cases,” WCI Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 25, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer Act Compliance Updates,” WDTL Annual Convention, Salishan, OR, July 17, 2015.
  • Co-Lead Author, “DRI Defense Practitioner’s Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Issues”, 2010 and 2012 update. Contributor, 2015 update.
  • Co-Author, “DRI Collateral Source Compendium – Oregon Chapter,” 2012, update 2014.
  • Presenter, “C3 Let’s Talk: MSP 2014 Update,” DRI Corporate Counsel Brownbag, May 15, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone, Part II: The Medicare Secondary Payer Law,” DRI Employment Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ, May 9, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Liens and More,” Williams Kastner Health Care Practice Group Retreat, Centralia, WA, May 5, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Practical Tips for Defending a Case Involving Medicare / Medicaid Beneficiaries and Recent Medicare Updates,” Iowa Defense Counsel Association Webinar, March 27, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Just When We Thought Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance Was in Place, Along Comes Medicaid Secondary Payer,” DRI Webcast, October 1, 2013.
  • Presenter, “MSP Reimbursement and Reporting in 2013,” DRI Retail and Hospitality Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 16, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Seattle, WA, April 26, 2013.
  • Panelist, “The ANPRM and You, National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professions (NAMSAP),” NAMSAP Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, April 25, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer 2012 Update,” WDTL Professional Liability Practice Group, Seattle, WA, November 14, 2012.
  • Co-Presenter, "Doctors on Call: When Medtech Manufacturers Use Physicians or Other Medical Professionals to Service Customers," Medmarc Webinar, October 18, 2012.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer Laws and Claims Handling in 2012”, Putting the Pieces in Place for Risk Management Challenges, Coverys / RM&PSI 2012 Risk Management Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 2012.
  • Panelist, “Latest Developments In Protecting Against Medicare Reimbursement and Reporting Liability,” Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, April, 2012.
  • Presenter, “Negotiating Settlements with an MSP Component,” American Association for Justice Education Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Teleseminar: Negotiation Tactics for Getting a Settlement, January, 2012.
  • Presenter, “MSP and Worker’s Compensation,” WDTL Workers Compensation Practice Group, Seattle, WA, December 20, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Ethical Issues in Settlement - Settlement of a MSP Case,” DRI Webcast, December 13, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer & § 111 Compliance: What In House Counsel Needs to Know,” DRI Corporate Counsel Committee Teleconference, November 30, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Reporting Compliance: Property Casualty Insurer Issues in Complying with Reporting Requirements,” Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Chicago, IL, November 9, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer: What You Should Have Known All Along And What You Had Better Know Now,” DRI Hospitality Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ, September 22, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Successful Partnership Strategies for the Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” DRI Insurance Roundtable, Washington, DC, June 22, 2011.
  • Presenter, “The Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act: Who Gets the Money?” DRI Medical Liability Seminar, San Francisco, CA, March 10, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer, Section 111 of the MMSEA & Case Considerations: What Defense Lawyer Needs to Know,” Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Settlements for the Defense Attorney, Seattle, WA, December, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Handling the Case Involving a Medicare Beneficiary,” South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, Annual Seminar, Sioux Falls, SD, December, 2010.
  • Panelist, Marsh Roundtable on the MMSEA and Medicare Secondary Payer Act, Portland, OR, November 2010.
  • Presenter, “Handling the Case Involving a Medicare Beneficiary: Nuts and Bolts, Case Resolution, Negotiation and Settlement,” Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel Mid-Year CLE, Tulsa, OK, October, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Settling Personal Injury Claims Involving Medicare Beneficiaries: Tips and Tools for the Defense,” DRI Webcast, October 14, 2010.
  • Presenter, “The Medicare Secondary Payer Act and CMS Reporting Obligations,” DRI, Nursing Home Seminar, Chicago, IL, September 2010.
  • Presenter, “Untangling Medicare's Subrogation Right,” WDTL Annual Convention, Suncadia, WA, July 2010.
  • Presenter, “Handling the Case Involving the Medicare Beneficiary: Nuts and Bolts, Case Resolution, Negotiation and Settlement,” OADC Webinar, July 2010.
  • Presenter, “Handling the Case Involving the Medicare Beneficiary: Nuts and Bolts, Resolving the Case, Negotiations and Settlement Documents,” Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund, Overland Park, KS, May 2010.
  • Presenter, “Handling the Case Involving the Medicare Beneficiary: Resolving The Case, Negotiations, and Settlement Documents,” Utah Association of Defense Counsel and Utah Association for Justice Combined Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2010.
  • Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer & Case Settlement Considerations: What the Defense Lawyer Needs to Know,” DRI Mid-Region Meeting, St. Louis, MO, April 2010.
  • Presenter, “What is All This Talk About the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act?” Kansas Association of Defense Counsel 31st Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, December 4, 2009.
  • Presenter and Author, “Current Issue in Compliance: Stark III and Beyond,” Portland, OR, May 2009.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Law Institute, Appointed Member (2009 - Present); Medicare Secondary Payer Task Force, Chair (2009 - 2011) Past Chair, (2012 - Present); Health Care Law Committee, Member; Drug and Medical Device Committee, Member; Insurance Law Committee, Member; Product Liability Committee, Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Member
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