Thomas J. Onusko

Of Counsel

Biography

Tom brings more than 30 years of valuable and varied health care experience to Bricker & Eckler’s Cleveland office. His practice has been dedicated primarily to health care law, including hospital-physician relationships, joint ventures, fraud and abuse counseling, corporate compliance programs, medical staff credentialing, mergers and acquisitions, managed care contracts, joint ventures, tax-exempt bond financing, third-party reimbursement and risk management.

He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, teaching “Health Care Organization and Finance,” and as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University Graduate Program in Health Care Administration, teaching “Introduction to Health Law.”

In 2009 he was appointed senior vice president and general counsel of The MetroHealth System, a 350-bed county hospital and academic medical center, where he supervised the operation of the 20-member, in-house law department.

Tom is also co-founder and past officer of the Health Care Section of the Greater Cleveland Bar Association and has published numerous articles as well as serving as a speaker and presenter on all aspects of health care law.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, Health Law Advisory Committee, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 2009-present
  • Director, Ohio Guidestone, 2014-present
  • Director, American Red Cross, Northern Ohio Blood Services Region, 1997-present
  • Director, Magnificat High School, 2004-2013
  • Director, Judson Retirement Community, 1994-2000
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, “The Biggest Mistakes Hospitals Make in Physician Contracts and How to Avoid Them,” the Inquisit Audio Conference, June 26, 2007
  • Speaker, “Legal Requirements for Transparency in Health Care,” the HFMA of Northeast Ohio Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute, May 13, 2015
  • Speaker, “Alignment of Physician-Hospital Incentives in the Post-Health Care Reform World,” the HFMA of Northeast Ohio Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute, May 21, 2014
  • Speaker, “Top Ten Trends and Issues in Health Care for 2013,” the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Health Care Financial Managers Association, March 14, 2013
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Anti-kickback, Stark and False Claims,” the 28th Annual Healthcare Law Institute of the Greater Cleveland Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio, April 26, 2012
  • Speaker, “Ohio Health Law Update,” the Annual Meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C., June 30, 2009
  • Speaker, “The Stark Law: Critical Issues for Health Care Financial Managers,” the HFMA Northeast Ohio Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute, Sandusky, Ohio, May 22, 2009
  • Speaker, “Recent Legal Developments Affecting Hospitals: Card Check Rules, Red Flag Rules and Self-Disclosure Requirements for Medicare Secondary Payment Claims,” the Lake Erie Regional Cooperative Meeting, Toledo, Ohio, April 17, 2009
  • Author, "Qualifying Hospital – Physician Arrangements for Provider-Based Reimbursement Under Medicare," Volume 1 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal No. 12, March 2009
  • Speaker, “Ohio Health Law Update,” the Annual Meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association, San Francisco, California, July 1, 2008
  • Author, "Physician Recruitment Under the Phase III Stark Rules," Volume 1 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal No. 1, March 2008
  • Speaker, “Economic Development Financing Tools, ” the 29th Annual Real Estate Law Institute of the Greater Cleveland Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio, November 9, 2007
  • Speaker, “Recent Legal Developments Affecting Health Care Lenders,” Fifth Third Bank retreat, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 30, 2007
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, State of Ohio, August 1977
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Co-Founder, Health Care Section; Vice Chairman; Secretary; Institute Chairman; Institute Speaker
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 1991-2009, 2014-2016
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2009
Education
  • Cornell University (J.D., 1977)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974)
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