Christopher L. Richard


Christopher L. RichardShareholder

Chris advises hospitals, physician practices, and other health care providers on a variety of regulatory, transactional, and policy issues. He regularly counsels clients on matters regarding regulatory compliance, medical staff privileges and credentialing, billing and payment, contracting, operations, employment, and legislative affairs. Chris’ philosophy on delivering exceptional client representation combines a thorough attention to detail with a comprehensive understanding of both the relevant law and the operational realities of his clients’ businesses. Chris also speaks and writes frequently about health care regulatory issues.

Experience >

Chris’ experience advising clients in the health care industry includes:

  • Structuring management agreements and other affiliations for hospital providers
  • Assisting clients in the development and implementation of compliance programs and related policies and procedures
  • Navigating licensure and CON matters in transactions
  • Advising health care authorities on corporate and other issues related to the Alabama Health Care Authorities Act
  • Counseling hospitals through audit responses for regulatory matters
  • Representing physician practices with respect to billing and audit issues, compensation packages, and employment matters
  • Counseling hospitals and physicians on their respective obligations under EMTALA
  • Advising hospitals, physicians and other providers on health care policy developments

Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as Assistant General Counsel for the Alabama Medicaid Agency.

Memberships and Affiliations >

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association (Board Member, Young Lawyers Section)
  • Alabama Hospital Association, Sponsor
  • Medical Association of Alabama, Sponsor

Education >

  • B.S. in Economics, specializing in Public Policy and Law, University of Alabama, 2011
  • J.D. University of Alabama, 2014

Presentations and Publications >

  • "Hospital Health Law Update," Gilpin Givhan, PC and Alabama Hospital Association 2019
  • “Hospital Hot Topics: Beyond the Buzzwords on CMS Objectives, 340B, Telehealth and More,” Alabama Hospital Association Health Law Update, 2018
  • “Hospital Hot Takes: Eight Things Hospitals Should Be Thinking About Right Now,” Alabama Hospital Association Annual Meeting 2018
  • “Obamacare vs. Trumpcare: The Current Status of Health Law Policy,” Alabama Hospital Association Health Law Update 2017
  • “Risk Management in a Social Media World,” Alabama State Chiropractic Association September Seminar, September 2017
  • “2019 Opportunities for Telemedicine and Related Services,” Alabama Medicine, Winter 2019
  • “There’s More to It Than Saying ‘No’: Understanding and Responding to Your Clients’ Needs,” AHLA Connections, Vol. 22, Issue 11 (December 2018)
  •  “E/M Code Changes: A Deeper Dive at What Could Be Coming for 2021,” Medical Association of the State of Alabama Rotunda e-newsletter, December 2018
  • “Evaluating and Managing the E/M Codes for 2019 and Beyond,” Medical Association of the State of Alabama Rotunda e-newsletter, November 2018
  • “Two-Minute Primer on Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances,” Medical Association of the State of Alabama Rotunda e-newsletter, September 2018
  • “Liquid Gold or Reimbursement Trap?: Payer Reimbursement Policies for Urine Drug-Testing,” published in Alabama Medicine, Winter 2018 and The Scope of Family Medicine, First Quarter 2018

Related Practices

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Alabama Middle District of Alabama

Licensed In

  • Alabama