Catherine M. Ballard



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. She also provides mediation and arbitration services.

Catherine currently serves as the executive director for Bricker’s affiliated consulting company, The Quality Management Consulting Group, Ltd. (QMCG), 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, 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
  • Chair of the Board, Lower Lights Christian Health Center
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, “Creating a Peer Review Process for the Employed Physician,” Ohio Hospital Association, 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, 2016
  • Speaker, “Medical Staff Leadership 4 Part Webinar,” annual Webinar, 2016
  • Speaker, “The Peer Review Process and Conflicts of Interest,” Alaska Association of Medical Staff Services, 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, "A Second Look At Corrective Action – Understanding Available Options," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 9, 2015
  • Speaker, "CMS CoPs: Unified Medical Staffs? Optometrist Appointments? Lots of Options," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015
  • Speaker, "Telemedicine & Delegated Credentialing: Who is Responsible for What and Why?" Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015
  • Speaker, “The National Practitioner Data Bank and Its Guidebook,” Arizona Association of Medical Staff Services, 2015
  • Author, "The Medical Staff Bank Account – Who Is Responsible?" The American Health Lawyer's Association's (AHLA) MedStaff News, March 2015
  • Author, "What Does it Mean to Be Ethical?" Synergy, March/April 2011
  • Author, "Tips For Developing a Stand-up-in-Court Negligent Credentialing Action Plan," Credentialing & Peer Review, February 2011
  • Speaker, "Off-Campus Privileges, Off-Kilter Practitioners," presentation for Ohio Association of Medical Staff Services
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Member, Federal, American and Ohio State Bar Associations
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 1995-2017
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004-2016
  • Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2010-2016
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Health Care with a Band 3 ranking, 2013; Band 2 ranking, 2014-2016
  • Listed, Top 50 Women, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2006, 2009-2014
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Super Lawyers, 2010, 2013-2014
  • Listed, Top 100, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 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)
Insights & Resources
Upcoming Events

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Where: Webinar

Who: Catherine M. Ballard, Jennifer Nelson Carney

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