Executive Vice President of Legal Risk and Strategy
John has practiced law since 1985, with an emphasis on health care issues since the early 1990s. After practicing in a large, national law firm and consulting firm environments for many years, John established his own law firm in 2005 in order to practice more flexibly and serve his clients more directly and personally.
John has been legal counsel to Renalogic, Inc since it was founded in 2002, and served as its Chief Legal Officer (“CLO”). In 2021 Christiansen was named Executive Vice President of Legal Risk and Strategy. He is responsible for the full range of company legal issues, as well as legal research and analysis, support, and quality assurance in the development and implementation of the Company’s services. This includes expert support and analysis on all issues related to dialysis cost containment and chronic kidney disease management, from ERISA plan administration and appeals, to PPACA reforms affecting cost containment options, Medicare Secondary Payor, state licensing and payment laws, and PPO and other network contract drafting and interpretation.
In addition to his services to Renalogic John has been one of the leading authorities on HIPAA compliance, especially privacy and security, since the late 1990s. His clients in this area include health plans, hospitals, and other health care providers, information technology vendors, and governmental agencies. He is currently a Special Assistant Attorney General to the Washington State Health Care Authority and to the University of Washington and has been an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the University of California, the State of Hawaii, and the National Governors Association.
John has held leadership positions in a number of American Bar Association committees and is past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Health Law Section and a past Board member of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys. John is a frequent speaker at conferences and educational events, and publishes articles and occasionally books on legal aspects of healthcare issues. His major publications include The Management of Health Information in Washington State (2015); The HITECH Business Associate Contracts Bible (2013); An Integrated Standard of Care for Health Information Security (2005); and Electronic Health Information Privacy and Security Compliance under HIPAA (2000).