Wakaba has focused her legal career on healthcare law. She regularly advises health systems and hospitals on various operational issues, including medical staff matters, bylaws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures, accreditation matters, peer review, credentialing, physician disciplinary issues, and federal and state regulatory compliance, including federal fraud and abuse issues related to the Stark Law, the False Claims Act and the anti-kickback statute. Wakaba also has extensive experience counseling these clients on human-subjects research and institutional review board regulatory compliance. She also advises physicians, physician practices and other healthcare professionals on issues related to federal and state compliance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, licensing, supervision requirements and scope of practice.
Wakaba also has experience putting together and negotiating various healthcare transactions, including the acquisition and merger of physician practices, hospitals, and joint ventures. In addition, she has negotiated and drafted agreements pertaining to physician and medical director employment, managed care, peer review services, asset purchase and confidentiality.