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.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please go to the following location to complete your online applicaiton and payment:


If you have any difficulty accessing the form or processing your payment, please send an email to wssha.general.operations@gmail.com with your name, company name, company address, email, and telephone number.  


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.


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.

Click here to view the Table of Content

Upcoming Events:

Fall Health Law Conference
November 4-5, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pan Pacific Hotel

Job Postings


Davis Wright Tremaine - Health Care Associate Attorney

The Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking a mid to Sr-level associate for its Health Care Practice Group with a minimum of four years’ experience in health law, including health care regulatory matters; reimbursement; fraud and abuse; contracting; privacy/security; innovative payment models, such as ACOs and bundled payment; digital health.

A strong academic background is required as well as excellent legal writing, contract drafting and oral communication skills. Candidates must have a JD, with preference given to candidates with active and good standing membership in the Washington State Bar.

To apply, please upload a cover letter addressed to Kathleen Shaw, Lateral Attorney Recruiting Manager, resume, a copy of your law school transcript, a relevant writing sample, and a list of references to: http://www.dwt.com/Health-Care-Associate-Attorney---Mid-to-Sr-Level-Lateral-Lawyers/


Washington State Health Care Authority - Legislative Relations Manager


Job Summary:

This Legislative Relations Manager manages the HCA’s relationship with the Legislature, providing strategic advice to the Executive Leadership Team on agency policy and budget priorities and making recommendations on ways to improve communications and coordination with legislative staff and members. This position is the expert, strategic advisor to the director and executive management on legislative relations and closely coordinates with other health agencies and OFM.


Preferred Education/Experience:

  • A Master's degree with preference for a health-related field and at least 3 years of experience in legislative or similar external relations, demonstrating in-depth knowledge and understanding of the state legislative process.
  • Two years of experience working with Medicaid programs with additional experience in private health care coverage options and delivery systems in general.  Broad knowledge of local health care industry; low income populations; Medicaid/CHIP and other federal law affecting low income populations, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and mechanisms to waive federal rules.


The job description and application information: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1490114/legislative-relations-manager

Seattle Children's - Senior Counsel

Job Summary:

Responsible for providing legal advice and analysis regarding health care regulatory and compliance matters to support Seattle Children's and its affiliated organizations. Prepares and reviews transactional documents in collaboration with the management team. Provides legal support for the organization's corporate compliance, privacy and security officers. Partners with the Legal team to stay abreast of regulatory and industry developments in the dynamic healthcare environment and proactively identifies potential legal solutions to address risk.


Required Education/Experience:
-JD or equivalent from ABA accredited law school
-Admitted to practice law in the State of Washington
-Demonstrated experience in legal and regulatory framework governing hospital and health care operations
-Minimum 5 years of relevant health care law experience in corporate, public or private law firm setting

Preferred Experience:
-Prior experience in a major law firm or in-house experience in a large, complex organization

Apply Here: https://www3.apply2jobs.com/seattlechildrens/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=12310&CurrentPage=1

Stoel Rives LLP - Attorney

Stoel Rives LLP seeks an attorney to join the Health Care Group in its Sacramento, Seattle or Portland office. Candidates must have a minimum of two to five years’ experience representing health care clients. Familiarity with the following areas of health care regulation is preferred: managed care, provider contracting, Medicare and Medicaid regulations. The ideal candidate will have a California license and some California provider contracting experience. Candidates should have outstanding academic credentials, law firm experience, strong writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. Membership to the California State Bar, Oregon State Bar and/or Washington State Bar is required.  Apply Here

Group Health - Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Group Health is seeking a Sr. Regulatory Affairs Consultant. The Sr. Regulatory Affairs Consultant  is responsible to review, coordinate and formulate organizational responses to regulatory proposals and actions, including communicating regulatory developments and guidance to appropriate business entities and stakeholders inside Group Health. In conjunction with Group Health stakeholders, develops policy on key issues of operational and strategic importance to Group Health. Ensures the coordination of Group Health policy positioning and response between state and federal issues especially with regard to regulatory oversight of commercial health insurance and government sponsored and subsidized programs through the Group Health enterprise with regard to health reform.

Candidates should have a minimum of a Master's Degree in Public Administration, Health Administration, or Public Health. A Juris Doctor preferred. Minimum experience requirements include:  

  • 5 years health policy, law, or related field with particular attention to Medicare, insurance issues, health care reimbursement systems, and provider issues.

  • 7 years previous experience in health care and health insurance performance auditing, policy analysis, government regulations, and private accreditation.

Preferred experience includes 5 years' health care contract law, regulatory group compliance activities, state/federal regulatory and legislation process.

Apply Here:  http://jobs.ghc.org/job/6280907/sr-regulatory-affairs-consultant-seattle-wa/



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