Industries & Practices

Health Care Law

With one of the largest health care practices in Ohio and the nation, we address the wide range of critical legal needs facing today’s health care systems and providers.


Legal and regulatory challenges are a reality for today’s health care providers. With the aging population and rising costs, the industry is in the midst of a critical turning point, and compliance and efficiency are more important than ever before.

Our firm recognizes the importance of a thriving health care industry. For more than 60 years, we have maintained a broad and varied health care law practice, now one of the largest health care practices in the state as well as the nation. Our longstanding, established practice reflects our dedication to serving hospitals and health systems as a partner, not just legal counsel.

As a group and as individuals, our health care attorneys are highly regarded by clients and peers. They are known for their knowledge of our clients’ businesses and the unique and complex policy, regulatory and business issues they face. Our diverse team has firsthand regulatory, compliance and clinical experience in the health care industry and includes several members who have served as in-house counsel, practice managers and practitioners in health care environments.

Recent rankings and recognitions include:

  • U.S. News and World Report – 2017 National “Best Law Firms” ranking for Health Care law and Medical Malpractice law
  • 14 health care attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2017
  • 7 health care attorneys listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016-2017, including one “rising star”
  • Chambers USA – Health Care practice group, as well as two individual attorneys, ranked as Band-1 Ohio, 2011-2017
  • Modern Healthcare magazine – cited as one of the 35 largest health care practices in the United States, 2010-2016

Bricker & Eckler has significant experience in all aspects of health care law, including:

  • Clinically integrated organizations and accountable care organizations
  • Physician-hospital alignment and integration
  • Stark, Anti-Kickback, and fraud and abuse
  • Health information technology, electronic health records and health information exchange
  • HIPAA and health information privacy and security
  • Managed care and insurance
  • Health care antitrust
  • Survey and certification, provider enrollment, accreditation and licensure
  • Employment and labor
  • Corporate governance
  • Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and physician practice acquisitions
  • Medicare, Medicaid and reimbursement
  • Medical staff organization, credentialing and peer review
  • Tax and tax-exemption

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Areas of Focus

Hospitals, health care facilities and individual providers must comply with state, federal and other certification, accreditation and licensure requirements. Because these rules are varied, complex and continuously evolving, our attorneys navigate the requirements, inform facilities and practitioners of their continuing obligations and help them think strategically and operationally about their certification, accreditation and licensure challenges. We also assist organizations undergoing surveys, helping them navigate the survey process, respond to notices of deficiencies and develop plans of correction. 

Our firm works with many health care providers that participate in clinical research trials. We advise them on a variety of operational, HIPAA privacy, compliance and legal topics related to clinical research.

A number of our attorneys' practices focus on fraud and abuse laws, specifically the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Civil Monetary Penalties Law, the Overpayment Statute, the False Claims Act and qui tam actions. We are skilled at structuring arrangements and transactions to comply with these laws and reviewing proposed transactions and arrangements to identify possible problem areas. We stand by our clients in responding to and defending against audits, investigations and qui tam actions, and we assist with voluntary disclosures, advising our clients once they become aware of a potential violation. 

Employees are the lifeblood of a thriving health care facility. To maintain a happy and productive work environment, health care employers seek to minimize employment-related issues and prepare to quickly address any problems that do arise. From providing guidance on employment policies and benefits to defending employers in legal actions, we blend employment knowledge with health care experience to give proactive legal advice and build creative solutions for our health care employers.

Our health care litigation team is uniquely qualified to handle medical negligence and wrongful death claims for hospitals, physicians and other medical providers. Not only do the attorneys at Bricker & Eckler have extensive experience defending medical claims in the courtroom, whether they are conducting a jury trial, arguing to various appellate courts or arguing before the Ohio Supreme Court, but they also have immediate access to the substantive experience of the Health Care group. We are able to provide among the most comprehensive representation of hospitals and medical providers available anywhere in Ohio.

Because health care is one of the most regulated industries in the U.S., health care providers must tirelessly navigate the patchwork of state and federal regulations that governs nearly all aspects of their operations. From insurance reimbursement to the administration of medications to referrals, our attorneys work with administrators to ensure their facilities and their staffs avoid the traps of noncompliance in both day-to-day operations and long-term strategies. With our familiarity and ongoing analysis of current health care laws and regulations, we regularly assist hospitals and health care facilities in overcoming regulatory challenges and advocating policy changes to further their goals. 

To remain competitive in the dynamic world of health care delivery, health care providers must grow their facilities, enhance their service lines, change strategic direction, or expand into new delivery systems through joint ventures, mergers, practice and facility acquisitions and divestitures, corporate reorganizations, partnerships and  other integration-oriented transactions. Whether engaging in a single transaction or a long-term strategic plan with many related transactions, our firm helps health care businesses position themselves for success.  In an ever-evolving healthcare marketplace we craft a thoughtful and creative approach to addressing the complex array of health care rules and regulations that inevitably arise in connection with these transactions.

In an era of data breach headlines and increased enforcement, it takes more than a set of policies to protect sensitive patient medical information. An ongoing risk assessment and well-developed strategy for privacy and security is a must-have for any health care entity. Implementing and maintaining electronic health record systems and managing a health information exchange are critical functions for today’s health care providers, with costly consequences for noncompliance. We are a nationwide leader in comprehensive legal services related to HIPAA and the privacy and security of patient information and have even established renowned online programs to help our clients enhance compliance. We work with health care entities to assist with electronic health record issues, including meeting meaningful use requirements and responding to meaningful use audits.  Our attorneys are known nationwide for working closely with industry pioneers in the rapidly evolving field of health information exchanges.

Our firm is a leading provider of legal services to hospices and home health agencies and has significant experience in the vast legal and regulatory issues affecting them. We advise hospice and home health agencies on regulatory matters, reimbursement, contracts, corporate structuring, transactions, fraud and abuse issues, arrangement with other providers, HIPAA and HITECH issues, audits and compliance plans.

Often, a significant portion of a provider’s revenue depends on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to manage claims and comply with their ever-changing requirements can be a complex process that drains time and resources. We continuously monitor CMS communications and other developments and collaborate with our health care clients to notify them of the latest statutes, rules and regulations – and their implications – for the clients’ continued success. When necessary, our attorneys help our clients prevent and solve any compliance issues or reimbursement disputes.

The hospital-physician relationship is multifaceted and important to the future of patient care. As health care systems grow, so do their relationships with physicians, raising a number of legal issues related to independent physicians, employed physicians and medical staffs.  Often collaborating with our employment attorneys, we work with health systems to plan for and address these legal issues, including medical staff and advanced practice provider governing documents; medical staff integration; sharing protected information; credentialing; quality assessment, performance improvement and peer review processes in both the hospital and employment setting; and recruiting and contracting.


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Insights & Resources
Resource Centers

The HIPAA Resource Center provides links to the statutes, regulations and various other HIPAA related resources, as well as our subscription HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance and Audit Program. For more information, please visit our HIPAA Resource Center.

This resource center sets forth the statutes, regulations and other documentation regarding Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. Information includes the Stark anti-referral requirements and general anti-kickback information. For more information, please visit our Medicare/Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Resource Center.

Catherine M. Ballard Catherine M. Ballard Partner
Catherine M. Ballard Partner
Chris Bennington Chris Bennington Partner
Chris Bennington Partner
Karen L. Clouse Karen L. Clouse Of Counsel
Karen L. Clouse Of Counsel
Shannon K. DeBra Shannon K. DeBra Of Counsel
Shannon K. DeBra Of Counsel
Catherine T. Dunlay Catherine T. Dunlay Partner
Catherine T. Dunlay Partner
James F. Flynn James F. Flynn Managing Partner
James F. Flynn Managing Partner
Joshua M. Gilbert Joshua M. Gilbert Associate
Joshua M. Gilbert Associate
Michael K. Gire Michael K. Gire Partner
Michael K. Gire Partner
Kevin M. Hilvert Kevin M. Hilvert Partner
Kevin M. Hilvert Partner
Addison Hutcheson Addison Hutcheson Associate
Addison Hutcheson Associate
David M. Johnston David M. Johnston Partner
David M. Johnston Partner
Elizabeth A. Kastner Elizabeth A. Kastner Partner
Elizabeth A. Kastner Partner
Lisa M. Kathumbi Lisa M. Kathumbi Partner
Lisa M. Kathumbi Partner
Allen R. Killworth Allen R. Killworth Partner
Allen R. Killworth Partner
Stephen R. Kleinman Stephen R. Kleinman Partner
Stephen R. Kleinman Partner
M. Shannon Martin M. Shannon Martin Partner
M. Shannon Martin Partner
Megan H. McCarthy Megan H. McCarthy Staff Attorney
Megan H. McCarthy Staff Attorney
Jeremy R. Morris Jeremy R. Morris Partner
Jeremy R. Morris Partner
Jennifer Nelson Carney Jennifer Nelson Carney Partner
Jennifer Nelson Carney Partner
Kimberly S. Parks Kimberly S. Parks Senior Attorney
Kimberly S. Parks Senior Attorney
Leonard Schoponhove Leonard Schoponhove Associate
Leonard Schoponhove Associate
Avery Schumacher Avery Schumacher Associate
Avery Schumacher Associate
Diane M. Signoracci Diane M. Signoracci Partner
Diane M. Signoracci Partner
Karen D. Smith Karen D. Smith Of Counsel
Karen D. Smith Of Counsel
David C. Spialter David C. Spialter Of Counsel
David C. Spialter Of Counsel
Elisabeth A. Squeglia Elisabeth A. Squeglia Partner
Elisabeth A. Squeglia Partner
Claire Turcotte Claire Turcotte Partner
Claire Turcotte Partner
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HIPAA Compliance and Audit Program

The HIPAA Compliance and Audit Program is a comprehensive on-line program for complying with the HIPAA privacy, security and breach regulations, including the provisions of the HITECH Act and the Omnibus Rules issued in January, 2013.

HIPAA Regulations Section-by-Section

This comprehensive HIPAA resource helps to interpret privacy and security regulations in one convenient location and an easy to review format. Information is updated periodically with amendments to the regulations, as well as new guidance issued by HHS, as they become available.

Provider-Based Compliance Program

The Quality Management Consulting Group (QMCG), in conjunction with Bricker & Eckler, has developed this program to help hospitals identify all areas of provider-based compliance and to give you the tools you need to be and remain in compliance. Through this resource, you are able to put together an attestation to submit to CMS if desired.