John S Conniff, attorney

John S Conniff   John Conniff combines his broad experience and practical knowledge in finding regulatory compliance solutions. For over 25 years, he has provided insight into individual and group health insurance regulation, health information privacy and security standards, health care practitioner regulatory compliance, managed care delivery systems, employment issues, ERISA, and business transactions.

He represents diverse businesses and organizations involved in the financing and delivery of health care including provider organizations, employer health plans, health insurers, and health care practitioners. He is admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon.

Mr. Conniff also writes and speaks extensively on health policy law and regulation and provides health care practitioner training, continuing legal education, and insurance continuing education courses for insurance producers through his association with the Arista Point Institute.

President/Owner, Healthy Patients|Healthy Lives, LLC, company dedicated to providing cost-effective regulatory compliance solutions for health care practitioners including secure communication services and HIPAA training. []

Former Washington State Deputy Insurance Commissioner – (1993 – 2000) with responsibility for law and policy governing health insurance and health care reform.

He led the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Health Information and Privacy Working Group that developed a new model statute for health information privacy. (1997 – 1998)

He also led the NAIC Health Plan Accountability Working Group that developed new model laws for managed health care including health plan network adequacy, provider contracting, grievance procedures, and utilization review. (1994 – 1997)

Former Legislative Counsel – (1986 – 1993) with the Washington State House of Representatives, Office of Program Research. Responsible for laws governing insurance, managed health care, financial institutions, and related subjects including ERISA, antitrust, health care regulation, and tort liability.


Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington. 1986

B.A., Political Science, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. 1978

Publications and Seminars

“Appropriate Business Structures for Health Care Providers,” Washington Massage Journal, Winter 2015

“The Long Road of Chiropractic Law in Washington,” Plexus, Washington State Chiropractic Association Journal, December 2014

“Health Care Reform for Employers: Now What?” Lorman Education Services, December 3, 2013, Seattle, Washington

“Antitrust Basics,” Plexus, Washington State Chiropractic Association Journal, January/February 2010

“An Uncertain Balancing Act: State Pre-Emption,” & “HIPAA Lite: Gramm-Leach-Bliley,” The HIPAA Handbook: What Your Organization Should Know About the Federal Privacy Standards, URAC, 2001.

“Protecting Health Care Privacy: The NAIC Model Health Information Privacy Act,” Workers Compensation Research Institute, November 2000, WC-00-4.

“Regulating Managed Health Care: Provider Sponsored Organizations,” Journal of Insurance Regulation, Summer 1998, Vol. 16, No. 4.