Catherine M. Ballard

Partner

Biography

Catherine Ballard is a partner at the law firm of Bricker & Eckler and vice-chair of its Health Care practice group. She works with clients in the areas of hospital/medical staff integration, medical staff and hospital-employed physician integration, quality assessment and performance improvement, and related peer review matters. She develops medical staff/advanced practice provider governing documents, and she provides advice on Medicare conditions of participation and private accreditation, provider scope of practice, physician recruitment/employment, and general patient care.

Catherine currently serves as the executive director for Bricker’s affiliated consulting company, The Quality Management Consulting Group, Ltd., which provides services in the areas of performance improvement, external peer review, community health needs assessments, and HIPAA compliance.

From 1985 to 1987, she served as a law clerk to Judge John D. Holschuh of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and also as an adjunct assistant professor in legal writing at The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law. Catherine is a regular speaker for the Ohio Hospital Association and American Health Lawyers Association on a variety of health care issues and speaks at national forums on topics such as health care quality management, credentialing and peer review, medical staff governance, fair hearings and ethics.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member of Ethics Committee, National Association of Medical Staff Services
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association and Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys
  • Past President, Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys
  • Board Member, Lower Lights Christian Health Center
  • Board Member, Kya's Krusade LLC
Presentations & Published Works
  • Regular speaker for the Ohio Hospital Association on a variety of health care issues
  • "A Second Look At Corrective Action – Understanding Available Options," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 9, 2015
  • "CMS CoPs: Unified Medical Staffs? Optometrist Appointments? Lots of Options." Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015
  • "Telemedicine & Delegated Credentialing: Who is Responsible for What and Why," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015
  • "The Medical Staff Bank Account – Who Is Responsible," AHLA's MedStaff News, March 2015
  • "Off-Campus Privileges, Off-Kilter Practitioners," presentation for Ohio Association of Medical Staff Services
  • What Does it Mean to Be Ethical? Synergy March/April 2011
  • Tips For Developing a Stand-up-in-Court Negligent Credentialing Action Plan Credentialing & Peer Review February 2011
  • Why the Word “Provisional” Can Be More Hindrance than Help Synergy March/April 2010
  • "Rise in Censured Doctors Challenging Peer Review," Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy Vol. X, Number 10, August 1993
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Member, Federal, American and Ohio State Bar Associations
Awards & Recognition
  • Top 25 Women Columbus Ohio Super Lawyers, 2010-2015
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (health care law) 1995-2015
  • Recognized by ChambersUSA in Health Care Law with a Band 3 ranking, 2013; Band 2 ranking, 2014-2015
  • Top 50 Columbus Area Super Lawyers, 2010, 2013-2014
  • Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2006 and 2009-2014
  • Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Education
  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude 1985); Member, Order of the Coif; Member, Ohio State Law Journal
  • University of Louisville (B.A., 1975)
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