Kathleen P. Rubinstein helps healthcare providers navigate the uncertainties of a shifting policy landscape. Having spent much of her career at the intersection of public policy and healthcare law, Kathleen focuses on the regulation and financing of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and government-led initiatives on healthcare reform. She monitors legislative, regulatory, and healthcare industry trends and developments, engages in research and policy analysis, and assists clients in developing and implementing strategies to address their government policy and regulatory concerns.
Colleagues turn to Kathleen for insight on healthcare policy and she facilitates the thought leadership efforts of the Healthcare team. Kathleen is a founding editor and the content curator for the firm’s Health Law Scan, a blog that focuses on legal, regulatory and policy developments critical to the healthcare sector, and is a frequent author of articles and analyses of topical interest to healthcare clients. She also gives talks and lectures to clients and law students on the role of government in healthcare.
Since 2002, Kathleen has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston’s Master of Public Administration program, where she instructs graduate students on the application of policy analysis tools and approaches to contemporary problems in healthcare. She is a proud recipient of an award for 17 years of teaching excellence in healthcare policy from the University of Houston’s Master of Public Administration Program.
Instrumental in the development and operational management of a coalition of the nation’s largest freestanding children’s hospitals with a shared interest in advancing national solutions for reforming the Medicaid program
Actively engaged in strategic planning and policy development from conception to advocacy for the creation of a nationally designated network in Medicaid for children with medical complexity
Led a complex multi-stakeholder technical advisory and policy consensus building effort to promote information sharing, participatory decision-making, and coordinated responses to specific legislative interest by the US Congress and federal healthcare agencies
Collaborated with public relations professionals on proposals for message development, branding, and communication plans in support of policy change
Produced a comprehensive quarterly analysis of pending and enacted federal and state legislation and regulatory actions impacting retail pharmacies
Led the successful execution of a year-long effort to secure federal, state, and local regulatory approvals for the acquisition of a large group of long-term care facilities that involved interfacing with multiple regulators across the United States.
University of Houston, 1996, M.A., Public Administration, concentration in Health Policy Studies
Our Lady of the Lake University, 1992, B.A., with honors
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2019)
Recipient, Teaching Award for 17 Years of Teaching Excellence in Healthcare Policy, University of Houston Master of Public Administration Program (2019)
Recipient, Recognition Award in Appreciation for Establishing the Rubinstein Best Paper Award, University of Houston Master of Public Administration Program (2011)
Sponsor, Rubinstein Best Paper Award, University of Houston MPA Alumni Association
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, American Hospital Association
Life Member, University of Houston Alumni Association
Founding Member, University of Houston MPA Alumni Association
Member, Board of Directors, University of Houston MPA Alumni Association (2016–2019)