Catherine M. Ballard

Partner

Biography

Catherine Ballard 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 also provides advice on Medicare conditions of participation and private accreditation, provider scope of practice, physician recruitment/employment and general patient care. Additionally, she provides fair hearing officer services.

From 1985–1987, Catherine served as a law clerk to Judge John D. Holschuh of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She is a regular speaker at national forums where she speaks on a variety of health care issues, such as health care quality management, credentialing and peer review, medical staff governance, fair hearings, ethics and related patient care issues.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association and Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys
  • Member, National Association of Medical Staff Services (Ethics Committee)
  • Member, Medical Staff Legislation, Regulation, & Accreditation Board for the HC Pro Credentialing Resource Center
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, "Is Your Medical Staff Looking at Medical Necessity?," NAMSS, October 2017
  • Speaker, "You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up: Strange Credentialing Scenarios," NAMSS, October 2017
  • Speaker, "Colliding World: Medical Necessity v. Medical Quality Review," ASHRM, October 2017
  • Speaker, "Risk Management Webinar - Peer Review in Today's World," Premier, Inc., October 2017
  • Speaker, "Are You Sure Your Incident Reports Are Protected?," OSHRM/SOHA Fall Conference, September 2017
  • Speaker, "Negligent Credentialing Claims in Ohio - Active and Under Attack," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Telemedicine: Who, What & Why," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "The Value of a Practitioner Effectiveness Committee," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "What makes a good external review and why do you care?" Ohio Association of Healthcare Quality Annual Conference, May 2017
  • Speaker, “The Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act and Ohio’s Peer Review Privilege,” Webinar by Bricker & Eckler, 2016
  • Speaker, “Colliding Worlds—Medical Necessity v. Medical Staff Review,” Webinar for National Association of Medical Staff Services, 2016
  • Speaker, “How to Prepare & Prevail at a Fair Hearing,” numerous meetings across the country for several years
  • Speaker, “Medical Staff Leadership 4 Part Webinar,” annual Webinar by Bricker & Eckler
  • Speaker, “The Peer Review Process and Conflicts of Interest,” Alaska Association of Medical Staff Professionals, 2016
  • Speaker, “Peer Review Importance and What is Effective,” Kentucky Association of Medical Staff Services, 2016
  • Speaker, “Telemedicine—Who, What, Where & Why,” Massachusetts Association of Medical Staff Services, 2016
  • Speaker, “Quality Oversight of Advanced Practice Providers,” Michigan Association of Medical Staff Services, 2016
  • Speaker, “Recognizing the Importance of and Distinguishing Between Informal Remediation & Corrective Action,” Nebraska Association of Medical Staff Services, 2016
  • Speaker, “What Does It Mean To Be Ethical?” National Association of Medical Staff Service, 2016
  • Speaker, “Negligent Credentialing,” Ohio Association of Medical Staff Services, 2016
  • Speaker, "A Second Look At Corrective Action – Understanding Available Options," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Speaker, "CMS CoPs: Unified Medical Staffs? Optometrist Appointments? Lots of Options," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Speaker, “The National Practitioner Data Bank and Its Guidebook,” Arizona Association of Medical Staff Services, 2015
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 1985
  • Member, American Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 1995–2018
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004–2018
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Health Care with a Band 2 ranking, 2014–2017
  • Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2010–2016
  • Listed, Top 50 Women, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004–2006, 2009–2014
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Super Lawyers, 2010, 2013–2014
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Education
  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude), 1985
  • University of Louisville (B.A.), 1975
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