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Legal Services - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics

The Legal Department of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (UWHCA) provides legal advice and representation for UWHCA. The Legal Department collaborates with Risk Management, Compliance and Worker's Compensation, which are all part of the Legal Department.


Can Legal Services help UWHC employees review contracts, letters or grants?

Yes. Please complete the Legal Service Request (LSR) form.

Can UWHC employees sign contracts, letters or grants?

Any legally binding document should be reviewed by the Legal Department. The Signature Authority Policy (4.01) defines who has authority to sign documents. When in doubt call the Legal Department for clarification, (608) 261-0025.

I have been served a Notice of Claim or subpoena. What should I do?

Please contact Risk Management or Legal immediately. They will provide support and assistance for handling these legal documents.

I received a letter or call from an outside attorney and they want to set up a deposition. Should I call them back?

No. Please contact Risk Management or Legal for guidance. Outside law firms and attorneys should not contact individuals directly. We will assist you in how to proceed.

What is a living will?

Living wills cover only "end-of-life" decisions when life-support machines or feeding tubes are being used. Unlike the Power of Attorney for Health Care, it does not cover anything other than life-support or feeding tubes. Nor does it allow you to choose someone to make decisions for you.

What is a Notice of Claim?

Almost always a claimant must file a paper called a Notice of Claim with UWHC and/or the State before filing a lawsuit. The UWHC Risk Management Office or the UW OALS will send a letter to you if a Notice of Claim has been filed against you. A Notice of Claim is not a lawsuit. It is a procedural step that claimants must take to preserve the right to file a lawsuit against UWHC or the State. The majority of Notices of Claim are not followed by lawsuits.

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. HIPAA was enacted in part to maintain the privacy of patients' medical and personal information by creating national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information.

In short, HIPAA ensures you have control over your health information by setting boundaries on the use and release of these records. HIPAA establishes appropriate safeguards that health care providers and others must achieve to protect the privacy of health information and generally limits release of information to the minimum reasonably needed for the purpose of the disclosure. 

In accordance with this legal requirement, UW Health pledges to: 

Where can I find information about photographing patients?

You can find information on photographing and videotaping patients in the Videotape Recording and Patient Photographs policy.

Who can I contact to report a potential HIPAA violation?

Please refer to our HIPAA privacy officers page for contact names and information regarding HIPPA violations.

Who is protected by UWHC liability coverage?

UWHC liability coverage is provided for UWHC employees acting within the scope of their employment. This includes persons employed by the UWHC Authority and persons employed by the UWHC Board. UWHC liability coverage is also provided for trainees whose stipend is paid by UWHC while they are acting within the scope of their training program. Post-graduate medical trainees (house staff) who are paid by UWHC are covered by UWHC coverage. Most house staff are paid by UWHC. Information regarding house staff payroll status may be obtained by contacting House Staff Affairs (263-0572).Volunteers authorized by the Director of Volunteer Services are also covered for their volunteer activities by UWHC’s commercial liability insurance, but not by the Wisconsin Patient Compensation Fund.



UWHCA Standard Terms and Conditions


Code of Ethics on Conflicts of Interest Forms

Departmental Structure

Medical Records

Parental POA

POA Delegating Parental Power and Minors Unaccompanied by Parents (ppt)

POA Delegating Parental Power and Minors Unaccompanied by Parents (WebEx Presentation)


Legal Services Request (LSR) (UWHC)

Vehicle Use Forms





Risk Management

Research Billing Compliance Program

Worker's Compensation