Leah Stewart brings over 20 years of health care and regulatory law experience to Reed Claymon. She previously served as the inaugural Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs for The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She has also practiced in several areas of healthcare and regulatory law, with an emphasis on managed care and government programs, for a wide range of health care industry clients. Leah has represented stakeholders on managed care contracting and disputes; regulation of healthcare providers and health plans; insurance and risk issues; managed Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid reimbursement, including supplemental payments; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and state privacy issues; Texas legislative and rule-making initiatives; federal and state fraud and abuse laws; and various other health care transactions.
Leah received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a B.S. from Texas A&M University. Following law school, Leah clerked for The Honorable Emilio M. Garza on the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Advised public university on regulatory healthcare matters for its startup medical school enterprise, pharmacy and nursing schools, and student health services, including with respect to fraud and abuse laws, contracting, managed care regulations, public university requirements, and HIPAA and state privacy law
- Ran compliance investigations, including non-discrimination issues, and participated in physician and student peer review and discipline mattersServed as key outside counsel for multi-state healthcare system that successfully sought a Texas HMO license and selection as an MCO in the Texas managed Medicaid and CHIP programs
- Drafted and negotiated managed care contracts for hospital systems, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities in Texas and nationally
- Advised national healthcare company in transactions buying and selling provider networks and related managed care assets
- Counseled Texas-based pharmacy on healthcare regulatory issues
- Member of the Austin Bar Association
- Board Certified, Health Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- State Bar of Texas (admitted 2002)
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Member, American Health Lawyers Association (PPMC Past Chair and Vice Chair)
- University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, 2002)
- Texas A&M University (B.S., Genetics, magna cum laude, 1999)