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Katherine Betz Kravitz

Health Care Industry Group Chair

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Katherine Betz Kravitz

Health Care Industry Group Chair


Lancaster, PA

Kathy is a partner at Barley Snyder, the chair of its Health Care group and a member of the Litigation group. In her more than 30 years of practice with Barley Snyder, Kathy has served as counselor and problem-solver for health care providers throughout central Pennsylvania, including hospitals and physicians, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, home health and home care agencies.  She regularly defends health care providers in significant malpractice litigation and before the licensure boards.

Kathy uses her broad based expertise to guide providers through both every day problems and more serious issues, always with an eye toward future prevention. Experience has honed Kathy’s ability to find practical solutions to difficult problems without running afoul of regulations. Kathy has also worked with providers to create event evaluation processes which preserve relevant privileges to the greatest extent possible.

Kathy assists clients through all phases of policy making, including preparation, review and implementation in virtually all areas of health care practice. Kathy understands the importance of clarity and simplicity in policy making, and the need to incorporate what the review bodies need into a process which is functional for the provider.

Kathy has been defending health care providers in litigation across Central Pennsylvania throughout her entire career, including the most serious of cases involving adult brain injury and birth injuries. Her diverse health care practice gives her insight essential to effective representation of the providers in litigation and in the courtroom. Kathy also understands the stress these proceedings bring to the providers involved, and she is skilled at soothing nerves and bolstering confidence in the process of trial or deposition preparation. She puts these same skills to effective use when fostering licensed providers through a Department of State investigation and/or complaint.

Kathy counsels clients on a variety of health care issues, including:

  • Red Flag Rules/Identity Theft Prevention
  • Mental Health Laws and Procedures
  • POAs, Advance Directives, and Guardianship
  • FDA Internal Review Board Regulations
  • Abortion Control Act Compliance
  • Policy Making
  • Corporate Liability
  • Informed Consent
  • Risk Management
  • Credentialing
  • State Board Licensing and Investigations
  • DOH Regulations
  • JCAHO credentialing
  • Event Reporting and Patient Safety
  • Defense of Malpractice Claims
  • Secondary Payor Reporting
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Child Abuse Reporting
  • Protective Services Act
  • Allied Health Provider Law and Regulations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American, Pennsylvania and Lancaster Bar Associations
  • Advance care planning seminar, panelist (April 2019)
  • Advance care planning seminar, panelist (April 2018)
  • “End-of-Life Decisions. What do you want?”, National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 2015)
Katherine Betz Kravitz
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Law Review
  • University of Maryland, B.S. in Journalism
  • Pennsylvania
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Community Involvement
United Way Women United


Touchstone Foundation

Access Committee member

Lancaster General Health Foundation Women’s Giving Circle


Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Health Law Committee

Co-Vice Chair

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Excellence Exchange Advisory Committee member

Lancaster General Health Foundation’s semi-annual Wine Heart Gala

Planning Committee

Leadership Lancaster

1994 graduate

American Heart Association in Lancaster

Former board member

Mental Health America/Lancaster

Former committee member, past board member, past board president

Lancaster County POLST Coalition

Steering committee

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