Brenda T. Strama Of Counsel

Brenda Strama has been practicing healthcare law for more than 30 years, representing hospitals, academic medical centers, hospital districts, clinical research organizations, blood banks, organ procurement organizations, accrediting agencies and other healthcare entities regarding operations, transactions, risk management, and regulatory issues. Her major practice areas include medical staff issues, peer review hearings, health information confidentiality (HIPAA), physician-hospital relationships, healthcare contracts, clinical research, and EMTALA.

Brenda T. Strama Of Counsel

Brenda Strama has been practicing healthcare law for more than 30 years, representing hospitals, academic medical centers, hospital districts, clinical research organizations, blood banks, organ procurement organizations, accrediting agencies and other healthcare entities regarding operations, transactions, risk management, and regulatory issues. Her major practice areas include medical staff issues, peer review hearings, health information confidentiality (HIPAA), physician-hospital relationships, healthcare contracts, clinical research, and EMTALA.

Representative Experience

General

Brenda has served as outside counsel to several health systems and other healthcare entities; represented blood banks and organ procurement organizations on multiple regulatory, risk management, and operational issues and served as an expert witness on issues related to corporate practice of medicine, piercing the corporate veil, and peer review. See Examples dropdown

Peer Review and Credentialing

Effective peer review and credentialing is critical to the provision of quality healthcare. Disciplinary actions are part of the peer review process and can lead to complex litigation and significant damages if not handled properly. Brenda has represented many clients regarding physician hospital relationships, medical staff bylaws, peer review hearings, and physician termination litigation. See Examples dropdown

Health Information Privacy

Federal and State laws protect the confidentiality of health information through a complicated network of laws. Complying with these laws is critical to protecting both patients and healthcare providers. Brenda created a broad-based client consortium consisting of healthcare providers and employer-sponsored health plans, for the purpose of complying with the security and privacy standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. She managed an extranet devoted to HIPAA compliance documents and information. See Examples dropdown

Licensure, Survey and Certification

Brenda has successfully counseled numerous clients in defense of investigations, including representation of numerous healthcare providers defending clients from prospective termination from the Medicare or Medicaid programs based on alleged violations of EMTALA, the Medicare conditions of participation, state licensing requirements, and alleged HIPAA violations.

Hospital Districts

Brenda has acted as counsel to Texas hospital district clients regarding mergers or sale of the district’s hospital, Open Records and Open Meeting questions, management agreements, and intergovernmental transfers.

Professional Qualifications & Education

Honors and Affiliations

Brenda received the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and Foundation in 2014.
Greater Austin Community Schools Coalition, Healthcare, 2016 to present
Chair: Success By Six Leadership Council, United Way Capital Area, 2010 – 2013
Chair: Health Law Section, Texas Bar Association, 2001- 2002
Health Law Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Appointed: Member of Texas Attorney General’s Task Force on HIPAA Preemption
Listed: Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in healthcare law, 2005-2007; The Best Lawyers in America in healthcare law, 2003-2007; “Texas Super Lawyers” in healthcare law, Texas Monthly, 2003-2015
Vice Chair: Credentialing and Peer Review Committee, American Health Lawyers Association, 1995 - 2003
Editor: The AIDS Epidemic and Local Government Liability, (American Bar Association 1993); Author: “The National Practitioner Data Bank: Has it Accomplished its Objectives?” Health Lawyers News, February 2002 (American Health Lawyers Association)
Editor: Vinson & Elkins Healthcare Legal Update
Planning Committee Member and Speaker: University of Texas Annual Health Law Conference (23 years)
Speaker: numerous professional development programs and seminars
Board of Directors: University of Houston Law School Alumni, 1999 – 2003.
March of Dimes, Gulf Coast Chapter
United Way Capital Area, Women’s Giving Network, 2004 – 2019
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Member since 2015

Education and Professional Background

Beatty Bangle Strama PC, 2008 – Present
The University of Texas System Office of General Counsel 2007 -2008
Vinson & Elkins LLP, 1984 – 2006; Partner 1992 – 2006
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.A. in government, history, and economics, 1962
University of Houston Law Center, J.D. cum laude, 1984 (Order of the Coif)

Admitted to practice: Texas, 1985