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Catherine M. Ballard

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.

"Catherine Ballard is recognized in the market for her expertise in healthcare matters. She regularly assists clients with medical staff issues and hospital governance concerns."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"Catherine Ballard is an 'excellent' attorney and has 'a really good specialty with peer review.'"

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2017

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

  • Author, "You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up" NAMSS Synergy Professional Journal, January/February 2018
  • 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), 1995–2019
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Health Care with a Band 2 ranking, 2014–2018
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004–2018
  • 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