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Barbara J. Zabawa

Barbara is lead author of the book Rule the Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs, published by the American Bar Association. She is a frequent writer and speaker on health and wellness law topics, having presented for national organizations such as WELCOA, National Wellness Institute, HPLive, Healthstat University and HERO. Barbara J. Zabawa is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Services Administration where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health law and compliance, US health care delivery and health professions career development. Barbara also owns the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC a law firm dedicated to improving legal access and compliance for the health and wellness industries.  Before graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, she obtained an MPH degree from the University of Michigan. Immediately prior to starting her own firm, she was Associate General Counsel and HIPAA Privacy Officer for a large health insurer where she advised on Affordable Care Act matters. She was also a shareholder and Health Law Team Leader at a large Wisconsin law firm. Barbara serves health and wellness professionals and organizations across the country as an advocate, a transactional lawyer and a compliance resource. Her commitment to improving health and wellness also shows through her community service. Barbara founded the Wellness Compliance Institute, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve wellness program and activity compliance. She also is a Board Member for the Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, a health care organization that specializes in treating mental illness and she chairs the State Bar of Wisconsin Health Law Section. Barbara is licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and New York.


Doug Petersen Reply

Posted Nov 28, 2016 at 03:30:13

I manage an on-site gym as well as much of the wellness programming for a large insurance company in Northern Michigan (Traverse City -800 employees). Developing sensible compliance/Scope of Practice standards is difficult in the health-fitness setting because as you know there in no licensing requirement for practitioners (trainers, instructors, nutritionist) while there is an expectation that they play a large role in engagement. I’ve discussed this with or legal department and our professional liability carrier who either look to me to determine (high) standards or say its a legal/case law question in regards to risk exposure and ultimate coverage. My question is simple, what certification(s) will suffice when it comes to risk management when all certifications seem to be in it just for the money with no state regulation in place. Any help in this regard would be wonderful.
Yours in Health,
Doug Petersen
Hagerty Classic Insurance

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