Kara Morse

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Kara Morse focuses her practice on providing regulatory and corporate transactional assistance to medical groups, managed care companies and other health care entities. Kara draws upon her public policy experience as well as her research and legal aid experience to advise clients in health care-related matters ranging from corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganization to fraud and abuse, corporate practice of medicine and provider contracting. With a focus on health care delivery transformation and managed care, Kara helps her clients navigate through the full range of issues facing the health care industry as they work to achieve the triple aim of better patient care, better health outcomes and lower costs.

Kara is an active member of the community, participating in organizations that champion diversity, inclusion and equal access to health care. Prior to joining Stoel Rives she was a consultant for the National Nursing Centers Consortium where she researched state health information sharing laws. Kara was also a summer associate at Ballard Spahr LLP and a legal intern for Temple Legal Aid and the Philadelphia Law Department. Before law school she was an associate with The Raben Group, a political consulting firm, where she focused on nonprofit advocacy.

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Medicare Advantage Premiums Are Not Subject to Washington Tax

Appeals Court ruling supports MA organization request for refund of B&O taxes paid on premiums On April 1, 2019, the Washington Court of Appeals Division 1 ruled unanimously in a published opinion that premiums received by Medicare Advantage (“MA”) organizations from or on behalf of their members are not subject to Washington’s business and occupation … Continue Reading

Short-Term Health Plans Hit Roadblock in Washington State

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner Rolls Back Federal Attempt to Expand Access to Short-Term Health Plans On October 17, 2018, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (“OIC”) adopted a final rule that defines minimum standards for short-term limited-duration health insurance plans (“short-term plans”) in Washington State and rejects federal efforts to expand their availability. Short-term plans are … Continue Reading

Proposed Medicare E/M Payment Overhaul Draws Mixed Reviews

Touted as a major step in its efforts toward Medicare modernization, CMS issued a proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule on July 12, 2018 that would, in part, gut the current five-tier structure for Evaluation and Management (“E/M”) codes and collapse levels 2 through 5 down to one payment rate. The proposed payment overhaul, coupled with … Continue Reading