Ann M. Bittinger
BA, JD
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in health law (2005-10)
  • Practice focus: business transactions and regulatory compliance within the health care industry
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in complex situations

 

Ann Bittinger is an AV-Rated attorney with The Bittinger Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida. Her practice includes representation of all types of entities and individuals in the health care industry. Practice areas include Stark and Anti-Kickback statute compliance, Affordable Care Act, Medicare and RAC audits, relationships with payers, joint ventures, employment agreements, corporate structure development, medical staff issues, representation before licensing boards and HIPAA. 

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association, the nation's leading professional organization of health care attorneys. She served three terms as the Chair of the Physician Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association, following six years as the vice chair. She also edited that Group's newsletter. She lectures frequently on health law matters for local, state and national groups, including national physician specialty organizations and nationally-broadcast webinars. She co-presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association meeting in 2011 in Boston on medical staff issues in light of increased physician-hospital collaboration and mergers. She also spoke at the 2011 Physicians and Physician Organizations Law Institute in Las Vegas on physician-hospital alignment strategies to maximize pay for performance initiatives. She self-published an anthology and analysis of the Florida administrative and judicial decisions on the state's Fee Splitting Prohibition in 2008. She wrote a chapter on hospital-based physician groups' contracts with hospitals in Representing Physicians, a book published by the American Health Lawyers Association. She also wrote a book chapter for the Health Law Handbook 2013 and 2014 editions, edited by Alice Gosfield. She serves on the executive council of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Ann graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the law review. Upon graduation, she worked for law firms in Kansas City, Missouri, practicing transactional and regulatory law for business and health care clients. In 2001 she was hired by Nemours as its in-house health law attorney in its Jacksonville, Florida headquarters. She established her firm in 2004.

She was named a Super Lawyers rising star in 2011. She was named one of the top up and coming attorneys in the State of Florida by Florida Trend magazine in 2006. Her local business leadership was highlighted in 2005 when the Jacksonville Business Journal named her one of Jacksonville's top Up and Comers, and in 2008 when she was a class member of Leadership Jacksonville. 

She is licensed to practice in Florida, Kansas and Missouri. Education: J.D., University of Kansas, 1998; B.A., The American University, 1993.