Stephen R. Kleinman

Steve Kleinman works closely with hospital and physician leadership to address a broad array of medical staff, credentialing, peer review, and quality improvement issues. His daily work includes advising hospitals and medical staff leaders regarding best practices with respect to medical staff appointment and clinical privileging matters, conduct and impairment concerns, issues involving summary suspension and formal corrective action, hearings and appeals, and attendant processes and procedures. He routinely works with medical staff leaders to revise and update medical staff bylaws, policies and rules and regulations. As an attorney with more than 24 years of medical staff experience, Steve brings a real world practical approach to support his counsel in medical staff matters.

He also advises hospice, long-term care providers and developmental disability service providers regarding regulatory and day-to-day operational issues.

"Stephen Kleinman 'demonstrates attention to detail and has extensive knowledge of our organization. His recommendations on key issues are well thought out and carefully prepared.'"

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2021

"Stephen Kleinman is noted for his experience advising on regulatory matters and frequently acts for hospitals, physicians and long-term care providers."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2020

"Stephen Kleinman works with hospital and physician leadership. He addresses a broad array of medical staff, credentialing, peer review and quality improvement issues. He is described as 'a very versatile lawyer and a trusted partner.'"

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018


  • Medical staff bylaws and governing documents review

    Reviewed the medical staff bylaws and governing documents of a hospital system with eleven hospital campuses to standardize the processes and bylaws language for credentialing, privileging, peer review and corrective action across the system, promoting clinical integration and consistent standards of care throughout the hospital system.

  • Medical staff bylaws overhaul

    Redrafted a large hospital system’s medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations and organization manual, which contained the committee structure, sharing of information and peer review processes. The system’s medical staff documents and processes are now standardized, allowing for increased sharing of quality and performance data within the system and improved patient care.

  • Medical staff unification

    Unified a health system’s three medical staffs to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’ Conditions of Participation to create increased efficiencies within the system’s hospitals. Restructured the unified medical staff’s peer review process and rules and regulations.

  • Developmental disabilities service provider member substitution

    Assisted with transitioning all assets of a not-for-profit developmental disability service provider to another not-for-profit developmental disability service provider, forming one of the largest developmental disabilities service providers in Ohio in terms of revenue and consumers served.  

  • Medical staff governing documents

    Worked closely with in-house counsel and medical staff leadership of individual hospitals and multi-hospital systems to conduct reviews of medical staff governing bylaws, policies and procedures for compliance with Medicare conditions of participation and applicable law and private accreditation standards (i.e., TJC, HFAP, DNV/NIAHO) making recommendations for standardization and industry best practices. Additionally, the team assisted with the implementation of new policies and evaluated peer review policies for effective processes, making recommendations for updates and revisions.

  • Proper payment claim methodology

    Worked with an operator of long-term acute care hospitals to resolve a dispute with an insurance carrier regarding Medicare and Medicaid plan payments. We identified the source of payment discrepancies, corrected prior incorrect billings and put appropriate measures in place to prevent future occurrences. 

  • Hospital system arbitration

    Represented a hospital system in multiple arbitration proceedings in a dispute with national payor relative to the implementation of sequestration cuts imposed following passage of the budget deficit reduction act.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center
  • Member, American Health Law Association, Medical Staff Peer Review and Credentialing Practice Group

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Dr. Death, Could He Happen to You?," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2021
  • Speaker, "Post-Pandemic Legal Issues for Hospitals," Ohio Hospital Association Webinar, October 2020
  • Speaker, "Things that Scare Us About Your Medical Staff Bylaws," 43rd NAMSS Educational Conference, October 2019
  • Speaker, "Balancing the Quality Roles of the Medical Staff and the Service Lines," 43rd NAMSS Educational Conference, October 2019
  • Speaker, "Counsel's Advice: 10 Words to Remove from Your Vocabulary," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2019
  • Speaker, "Organizational Crisis: Managing Through a New Year's Eve Nightmare," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2019
  • Co-author, "Sharing Credentialing, Privileging and Peer Review Information Within Systems," AHLA MedStaff News, April 2019
  • Speaker, "Enduring the Journey of Physician Dispute Resolution," AHLA Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, February 2019
  • Speaker, "You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Strange Credentialing Scenarios,” 41st NAMSS Educational Conference, October 2017
  • Speaker, "Telemedicine: Who, What & Why," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Things that Scare Us in your Medical Staff Bylaws," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "What to Tell? State Reporting Obligations for Hospitals," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Advanced Practice Providers: A Look at Trends Regarding Scope of Practice," QMCG Webinar, June 9, 2015
  • 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

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 1995
  • Admitted, State of North Carolina
  • Admitted, State of West Virginia
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Health Care with a Band 3 ranking, 2017–2021
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law, Litigation - Health Care), 2021
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law; Litigation - Health Care), 2013–2021
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2010–2021
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2015–2016, 2019
  • Listed, Top 100 Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


  • The Ohio State University (J.D.), 1995
  • Cornell University (B.S.), 1991