Barbara Stegun Phair is a Partner at Abrams Fensterman, LLP.
Ms. Phair focuses her practice on all aspects of health care law. She counsels health care providers on a broad range of issues, including legal and regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, licensing, certification and enforcement, Medicare, Medicaid and third-party reimbursement, provider contracting and transactional issues, survey certification and enforcement, audits, advance directives, health care decision making, refusal of treatment and patients’ rights issues. In addition, she represents health care providers at administrative proceedings. A respected health law attorney, Ms. Phair develops and implements corporate compliance and HIPAA compliance programs for health care providers and advises and represents providers with respect to compliance issues and investigations.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Phair worked as a registered nurse in various areas of health care, ranging from direct patient care to administration, and including discharge planning, quality assurance and utilization review in both the private and public sectors.
Ms. Phair is a member of the Surrogate Decision Making Committee, which is administered by the New York State Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled and of the Executive Committee of the New York State MOLST Statewide Implementation Team. In addition, Ms. Phair has been appointed by the courts in various counties as court evaluator and guardian under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law.
Ms. Phair has been published in professional and industry journals and is a contributing author to Long Term Care Facility Survey and Certification Guide, a comprehensive publication on the federal survey and certification process published by Eli Research, Inc. and the Legal Manual for New York Physicians, Fourth Edition, co-published by the New York State Bar Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York. Ms. Phair has presented programs to various health care and professional organizations on such topics as corporate compliance, HIPAA, fraud and abuse, advance directives, regulatory issues, patients’ rights and guardianship.
Ms. Phair earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law, a Master’s in Public administration concentrating in Health Policy, Planning and Administration from New York University, and a B.S., cum laude, in Nursing from Hunter College. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, The Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Hospital and Health Law, Elder Law and Estates & Trusts Committees of the Nassau Bar Association. She also serves on Board of Directors of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.
Certified Legal Specialties
- Registered Professional Nurse
- New York State Utilization Review Screen Preparer
- RUG II Case Mix Reimbursement Assessor
- New York
- St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
- Law Journal: Journal of Legal Commentary
- New York University, Master’s in Public Administration, Major: Health Policy, Planning and Administration
- Hunter College, New York, New York, B.S.(Cum Laude), Major: Nursing
- Long Term Care Facility Survey and Certification Guide, (Contributing Author), Eli Research, Inc.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Health Lawyers Association, Member
- Nassau Bar Association, Member, Hospital and Health Law Committee
- Nassau Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Committee
- Nassau Bar Association, Member, Estates & Trusts Committee
- Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, Member
- New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
- The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Member
- New York State Surrogate Decision Making Committee, Member
- New York State Molst Statewide Implementation Team, Member