Kathleen P. Rubinstein assists healthcare organizations with navigating the uncertainties of a shifting government policy landscape. Having spent the majority 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, federal and state approaches to healthcare reform, and government-led responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She monitors legislative, regulatory, and industry developments and trends; engages in research and policy analysis; and assists healthcare organizations with their government policy and regulatory concerns.
Kathleen produces a curated daily COVID-19 report with updates for clients on US federal and state government action. She also assists healthcare providers with identifying and responding to the unprecedented volume of legislative and regulatory changes prompted by the public health emergency.
Colleagues turn to Kathleen for her insights 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 blog that focuses on legal, regulatory, and policy developments critical to the healthcare sector, and she is a frequent author of articles and analyses of topical interest to healthcare stakeholders. 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 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
Developed and produced a quarterly analysis of curated US federal and state legislative and regulatory actions for a chain of retail pharmacies
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” (2016–2021)
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)