Ann M. Bittinger specializes in advising healthcare entities in their business transactions. Her particular expertise is in legal relationships between hospital systems and physicians or physician groups, such as co-management agreements, joint ventures, clinical integration arrangements, practice acquisitions and employment agreements. Her clients include all types of entities and individuals in the healthcare industry: health systems, physician groups, physicians, a physician-hospital organization, laboratories, pharmacies, distributors and other practitioners. Board certified by The Florida Bar in health law in 2005, she is in particular demand from companies located outside Florida that are expanding their businesses into Florida. She has serviced client companies headquartered in Dallas, Nashville, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London, U.K.
In May 2014, Ann was elected to the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors and will serve a three year term. She is the only attorney in Florida serving on the Board. She has presented at eight AHLA in-person seminars on healthcare transactions and legal ethics issues.
Ann works only in the healthcare industry, focusing all her time on her health care clients' needs.
Ann is evaluated by her peers as a “preeminent” attorney, and awarded the “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating identifies a lawyer with preeminent expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence.
Ann is dedicated to Northeast Florida and its healthcare community. A resident of Palm Valley, her local business leadership was highlighted in 2005 when the Jacksonville Business Journal named her one of Jacksonville’s top Up and Comers. She is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2008. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and in 2006 was named a top up and coming attorney by Florida Trend magazine. She formerly served as a board member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.
She lectures frequently on health law matters for local, state and national groups including the American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association. From 2010-2012 she was the Chair of the Physician Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. She also edited that Group’s national newsletter. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar. She chaired the health law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association for two years.
Ann is currently drafting her third contribution to the Health Law Handbook, published by Westlaw. Contributors are well-respected healthcare attorneys from across the nation. Her chapters include: “The Boomerang Effect of Hospital/Physician Integration: Approaching Medical Practice Sales with an Eye on a Future Unwind, ”Operating in the Red: Important Lessons on Physician Employment Compensation by Hospitals Anticipating Referrals, and the latest chapter will address the whistleblower case from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She also wrote the chapter in the AHLA’s Representing Physician Handbook on hospital-based physician groups’ contracts with hospital systems.
She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Missouri and Kansas. Ann graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she earned the prestigious position of editor-in-chief of the law review. Upon graduation, she worked for law firms in Kansas City, Missouri, practicing transactional and regulatory law for business and health care clients. In 2001 she was hired by Nemours as its health law attorney in its Jacksonville headquarters. Identifying a need for health care attorneys in Northeast Florida, she started her firm in 2004. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, she most enjoys representing new businesses and businesses in growth phases.
Hourly ($450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)
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I endorse Ann. Her many positives include: intelligence, responsiveness & creativity, all while being practical. Ann has significant experience in representing Physicians & their entities. When I have a Florida matter, she is the first attorney I think of referring my clients to.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2002||06/17/2016|
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2000||07/04/2016|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1998||01/08/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV rated||Martindale Hubble||2009|
|Named to "Top Up and Coming Lawyers" List in Florida||Florida Trend Magazine||2006|
|Named to Top "Up and Comers" in Jacksonville Business Community||The Jacksonville Business Journal||2005|
|Top Community Service Project||Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division||2005|
|Founding Shareholder/Attorney||The Bittinger Law Firm||2004 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||Nemours (including operations in five states; a pediatric hospital and 200+ employed pediatric subspecialist physicians)||2001 - 2004|
|Associate Attorney (licensed in KS and MO)||Kutak Rock||2000 - 2001|
|Associate Attorney (licensed in MO)||Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer and Gee||1998 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Health Lawyers Association||Vice Chair of Physicians Practice Group||2004 - Present|
|Jacksonville Bar Association||N/A||2002 - Present|
|American Health Lawyers Association||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Leadership Jacksonville||Member||2007 - 2008|
|Medical Group Management Association of North Florida||Member||2006 - 2008|
|American Health Lawyers Association, Physicians Practice Group||Editor - Physicians and Physician Organizations Newsletter||2004 - 2008|
|Jacksonville Bar Association||Board of Governors of Young Lawyers||2004 - 2006|
|Jacksonville Bar Association||Member||2002 - 2008|
|Kansas Bar Association||Member||2000 - 2008|
|Missouri Bar Association||Member||1998 - 2008|
|Department of Health v. Abdullah||Very favorable settlement for professional|
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|Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society||Addressing Insurers Who Try to Take Back Alleged Overpayments||2007|
|Florida Employment Law Letter||How to Negotiate Agreements So That Relationships Last||2007|
|The Florida Bar Journal||Legal Hurdles to Leap to Get Medical Treatment for Children||2006|
|Northeast Florida Medicine||Issues with Pediatric Consent: Consent and Privacy Issues to Address When Treating Adolescents||2006|
|Florida Society of Rheumatology||Recent Legal Changes Affecting Rheumatologists||2006|
|Health Lawyers News||The Pain Management Catch-22: Avoiding Criminal Charges for Prescribing Controlled Substances||2005|
|Physicians Organizations||Deciphering the OIG 2005 Work Plan||2005|
|Florida Medical Business||Is an NP or PA Right for Your Medical Practice?||2005|
|Physicians Organizations||EMTALA Changes Create Arguments About On-Call Requirements||2004|
|Pediatric Emergency Care||Changes to EMTALA Rules Affect Pediatric Emergency Departments||2004|
|University of Kansas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|American University||Journalism and Sociology (double major)||BA||1993|
|Webinar||"Best Practices in Structuring Call Coverage After the Recent OIG Advisory Opinion 09-05"||2009|
|Urgent Care Association of America National Convention||Top Legal Issues in Operating an Urgent Care Center||2008|
|Urgent Care Association of America National Convention||EMTALA and Urgent Care Centers||2008|
|Florida Allergy and Immunology Society Annual Meeting||Employing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants||2007|
|Florida Allergy and Immunology Society Annual Meeting||Employment Law issues in Medical Practices||2007|
|American Bar Association Emerging Issues in Health Law||Florida Health Law Emerging Issues||2007|
|Florida Rheumatology Society Annual Meeting||How to Avoid a Medicare Audit||2006|
|Florida Rheumatology Society Annual Meeting||Payer Contract Negotiation Pitfalls||2006|
|Physicians and Physician Organizations Institute||How to Establish Fair Market Value for Stark and Anti-Kickback Purposes||2004|
|HIPAA Summit||How to Implement an Effective HIPAA Compliance Plan||2000|