The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys ("WSSHA") was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of legal information in the health field.

For additional details about services provided by WSSHA, please see the WSSHA Board of Directors Statement of Support.

Membership in WSSHA is open to all attorneys admitted to practice in the State of Washington who meet any one of the following criteria:  (a) represent or are employed by a provider of healthcare services, (b) teach a healthcare-related area of the law or (c) otherwise practice in, or seek practice in, a healthcare-related area of the law.

For your information, the WSSHA bylaws and resolutions can be viewed by Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Download WSSHA Bylaws - April 25, 1996, Resolution - April 28, 2006.

If you are interested in becoming a member of WSSHA, please print the membership application below (pdf format).  Directions for completion and return are given on the application.   

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Washington Health Law Manual Third Edition

The Third Edition of the Washington Health Law Manual is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys and the Washington State Hospital Association.

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Job Postings

Regulatory Attorney-Quorum Review IRB

Opening Date: 06/25/2015

Quorum Review IRB is a progressive and growing organization with its office headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and locations in Boston, Massachusetts, and Vancouver British Columbia. Founded in 1992, Quorum Review has developed an excellent reputation for quality and service. As an industry leader, Quorum Review is known for its friendly and prompt customer service, high quality standards, and commitment to the ethical protection of research subjects.

Quorum Review is looking for an individual for the role of Regulatory Attorney. The ideal candidate will have a customer-service oriented approach to their work and enjoy a fast-paced environment that is a highly variable. The candidate will also be a self-starter that can function independently without a great deal of supervision.

Consistent with Quorum Review's mission to safeguard the rights and well-being of research participants while enhancing the clinical research process, we seek to hire people who embrace our mission and are motivated to see the impact of their work. Individuals in this role have the following responsibilities:

  • Advises the IRB members, staff, and clients regarding the interpretation of laws, regulations, and guidance related to human subjects research conducted in the United States, Canada, and other countries.
  • Responds to inquiries from IRB members, clients, and staff regarding ethical, legal, and regulatory issues such as conflict of interest, research recruitment practices, HIPAA compliance, accreditation requirements, research ethics, protection of human subjects, Good Clinical Practice, and local law requirements.
  • Communicates in writing and via teleconference with investigators, research sites, sponsors, CRO’s, institutions, and other organizations.
  • Assists with the review of changes to Quorum policies, standard operating procedures, procedural work instructions, guidance, forms, IRB guidelines, consent forms, and other documents.
  • Reviews and revises Board directed correspondence.
  • Develops and delivers training, webinars, and live presentations for IRB members, staff, and clients.
  • Writes abstracts, articles, and presentation materials.
  • Provides support for cross-departmental initiatives, projects, and requests.
  • Assists with the review and negotiation of contracts.
  • Assists with the assessment of legal and regulatory risk to the organization.

A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school complimented by 3 – 5 years of practice in health law, regulatory consulting, and/or related regulatory experience (or an equivalent combination of experience) is required. A demonstrated working knowledge of regulatory matters related to research oversight, accreditation, and/or compliance is a plus.

Please apply directly on line at:https://hire. jobvite.com/j?cj=olah1fwx&s=Wssha

Quorum Review is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. To request reasonable accommodation for the application process please contact Human Resources.

Staff Attorney
Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission (state agency)

Opening Date: 07/03/2015

Close Date: 07/16/2015

Up to approx. $92,000 (the salary listed in the recruitment notice + 3% from state’s recently passed budget)

Tumwater, Washington

Applicants must apply through the Careers.WA.Gov on-line system. A hyperlink to that system is in the recruitment notice: here

Corporate Counsel III

Opening Date: 7/14/2015

Closing Date: 8/14/2015

Location: Tacoma Washington

Job Number: 2015-R0003279

Apply At: www.catholichealthinitiatives.org


To implement continuing program of legal services, including legal and strategic advice and counsel, for designated MBOs. The Corporate Counsel shall also serve on or assist the Legal Services Group in developing legal products and/or performing legal services for the CHI Healthcare System as a whole.

Essential Duties:
  • Provide direct legal support services to designated MBOs, including preparation, review, and revision of physician, hospital, and vendor contracts, MBO-specific policies, and other MBO documents with legal implications.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to MBO management, MBO medical staff leadership, MBO boards, and CHI national staff with respect to corporate, operational, and physician-related matters.
  • Evaluate and furnish legal strategic advice and participate in strategic development of designated MBOs through attendance at appropriate board and management meetings.
  • Manage and evaluate outside legal counsel serving designated MBOs on matters referred to such outside counsel.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in Resource Groups, Task Forces, and/or Solution Teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by managing attorney or other CHI LSG senior team members.
Education / Accreditation / Licensure (required & preferred):
  • J.D. or L.L.B. awarded by an ABA accredited law school.
Experience (required and preferred):
  • License to practice in one or more states.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience as legal counsel in the healthcare industry relating to clinical legal issues either in private legal practice or as an in-house counsel to a hospital health system.
  • Provide professional responsibilities in a manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, and values of CHI.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Health professional education, experience, and/or equivalent.
  • Decision-making skills and judgment to ensure that MBO activities maximize benefits to the MBO Groups and CHI Healthcare System and those activities are conducted in accordance with CHI Mission and Core Values and the ERDs.
  • Ability to ensure the effective use of in-house and outside legal resources to accomplish tasks, resolve legal issues, and achieve cost effectiveness; ability to provide comparison of outside attorneys in order to evaluate performance and to create uniformly high expectations.
  • The skills required to work in a matrix organization. Strong interpersonal skills that build effective working relationships with CHI leadership, staff, and other CHI Groups, Task Forces, and Teams.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
  • Adheres to and exhibits our core values:
  • Reverence: Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
  • Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.
  • Compassion: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.
  • Excellence: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.
  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.
  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.
  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.
  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.
Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers

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