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Karen D. Smith

Karen Smith is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Health Care group with a general health care law practice, emphasizing general corporate, federal and state regulatory issues, including Stark Law, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment issues, Medicare provider based issues, Medicare/Medicaid compliance issues and physician contracting (employment, recruitment and services agreements). She facilitates ongoing regulatory compliance with federal and state agencies, the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; assists hospitals in drafting all forms of physician contracts, including recruitment services and employment contracts and advises them with respect to state and federal laws, including Stark Law and the fraud and abuse laws. Karen also advises hospitals with respect to HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment issues and Medicare provider based regulation.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association (Practice Groups: Fraud & Abuse, Self Referrals and False Claims; Hospitals and Health Systems; Regulation, Accreditation and Payment)

Presentations & Published Works

  • "Physician Recruitment - Legal Updates You Should Know," Ohio Network of Physician Recruiters, March 2011

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (health care law), 2010-2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers, 2009-2014


  • University of Cincinnati (J.D., Order of the Coif)
  • The Ohio State University (M.S.)
  • Ohio University (B.S., summa cum laude)

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Featured Video

Accountable Care Organization Update

Accountable Care Organization Update
Karen Smith provides insight into important differences between CMS' proposed rules and the recently released final rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).


  • 3/27/2015

    7th Annual Selecting Project Delivery Models and Bidding for Public Construction Projects in Ohio

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