People

Chris Bennington

Chris Bennington's practice focuses on representing managed care organizations and hospitals on matters involving fraud and abuse, privacy, regulatory compliance, clinical research, Medicaid managed care and managed care contracting. Additionally, Chris regularly provides general counsel services for specific clients and serves as counsel to managed care organizations and hospitals before federal and Ohio regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (administrative law judges). He also represents health care clients with regard to government investigations and federal False Claims Act qui tam actions.

Chris provides on-site training to clients and presents at health care law forums across the country on a wide assortment of regulatory and compliance matters, including the False Claims Act, HIPAA and the HITECH Act.

"Chris has assisted in conducting assessments of our overall compliance program. The assessments helped us to refocus our energies on areas of highest risk and have elevated the profile of compliance hospital-wide."

Bricker health care client

"We have worked with Shannon DeBra and Chris Bennington for numerous years on countless compliance projects and concerns. The professionalism, knowledge and experience they bring to the table is immeasurable. They integrate themselves as if they are part of your team and truly work to provide counsel and guidance as if it were their own organization."

Bricker health care client

"I commend Shannon DeBra and Chris Bennington on the work they did on behalf of our medical center regarding our compliance program. Their review and corresponding recommendations have been well-received by our staff and will provide a definitive roadmap for our compliance program."

Bricker health care client

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Member, A Special Wish Foundation
  • Member, Muskingum University Alumni Council
  • Member, Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Health Care Compliance Association

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "How Effective is Your Compliance Program at Preventing, Detecting, and Addressing Potential Compliance Issues?," Society for Ohio Healthcare Attorneys Fall Conference, September 2018
  • Speaker, "Medicare Administrative Appeals (PRRB, RACs, Claims and Surveys): Trends and Tips," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Under Siege: When Government Agents Show Up at Your Hospital's Door with a Search Warrant," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Section 1557 of the ACA – The Future of Nondiscrimination Compliance, Risk, and Litigation, Part II: Impact on Payers, Plans and Networks," American Health Lawyers Association Webinar, October 5, 2016
  • Speaker, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When a Compliance Professional’s Relationship with Regulators Transforms from Collaboration to Enforcement,” Health Care Compliance Association Managed Care Conference, February 2, 2016
  • Speaker, "Weathering the Storm: One Hospital’s Experience in Managing a HIPAA Crisis," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015
  • Speaker, "Hospital System Growing Pains: A Compliance Officer’s Guide to Risk Areas Resulting from Acquiring Physician Practices and Employing Physicians," Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Institute, April 21, 2015
  • Speaker, "The Outer Limits: Understanding When a Compliance Matter Becomes a Legal Matter, and What To Do When It Does," Health Care Compliance Association Managed Care Conference, February 16, 2015
  • Speaker, "Privacy and Security of Sensitive Employee Information: What Every Employer Needs to Know," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southwest Ohio Chapter, June 5, 2014
  • Speaker, "Carve in or Carve out? Paving the Way for an Increase in Litigation under the Affordable Care Act," American Conference Institute, Managed Care Disputes & Litigation Advanced Forum, May 15-16, 2014
  • Speaker, "HIPAA Audits: Are you ready for the next wave?" Ohio Hospital Association-Bricker & Eckler Webinar, May 21, 2014
  • Speaker, "Social Media in the Hospital Setting: So Much Not to Like,” Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Institute – San Diego, March 31, 2014

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Dayton Bar Association, 2004–present

Awards & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2009, 2014–2015, 2017–2018
  • Client Choice Award, 2015

Education

  • The Ohio State University (J.D., with honors), 2004
  • Muskingum College (B.A., summa cum laude), 2001