Bricker & Eckler LLP

Healthcare Department

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What the team is known for Has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare area with particular expertise in multiple-provider transactions, physician-hospital alignment and regulatory compliance. Acts for a large list of clients including for-profit and nonprofit hospitals and health systems, as well as insurance companies and long-term care facilities, across Ohio and nationwide. Noted for its depth of experience in M&A and joint ventures as they relate to physicians' practices. Boasts a strong bench of skilled practitioners able to act on a wide range of complex healthcare matters.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is very cohesive, knowledgeable and responsive. The strength lies in the attorneys' excellent knowledge in their legal specialties and ability to give very practical advice."

One source reports that the firm's lawyers are "extremely responsive, pay great attention to detail and are clear leaders in their field."

Sources describes the team as "fantastic with transaction work," adding that "they have strong expertise in fraud and abuse work and very good relationships with regulatory bodies."

Work highlights Represented Alliance Community Hospital in all aspects of its $61 million corporate affiliation by member substitution with Aultman Health System.

Notable practitioners

Allen Killworth is noted for his expertise in healthcare regulatory work, routinely assisting clients with HIPAA matters such as OCR compliance investigations and workforce training. Sources describe him as "responsive and knowledgeable."

Catherine Ballard is highly regarded for her handling of medical staff matters, regularly advising clients on staff integration, quality assessment and performance improvement issues. Source describe her as "an outstanding lawyer."

Catherine Dunlay is well regarded for her handling of transactional and contractual healthcare matters. Clients draw attention to her "can-do attitude," adding that "she works tirelessly to deliver excellent service in a timely manner."

Claire Turcotte is praised by interviewees for her ability to provide both "practical advice" and "excellent client service." She offers expertise in the negotiation and drafting of healthcare provider contracts involving M&A and joint ventures.

Diane Signoracci has a wealth of experience in healthcare regulation, reimbursement and compliance matters. She regularly assists clients including hospital systems, home health agencies and medical equipment suppliers with Medicare and Medicaid billing compliance, managed care contracting and EMTALA compliance and defense matters. Clients praise her as "an exceptional attorney," adding that she is "well respected, knowledgeable and attentive to detail."

Elizabeth Kastner regularly advises hospices, hospitals and other healthcare clients on matters including workplace wellness, healthcare fraud, abuse law compliance and vendor relationships.

The "extremely knowledgeable" James Flynn is lauded by interviewees for his broad healthcare practice. He offers significant expertise in executive compensation, operational issues and health planning matters. He currently serves as the firm's managing partner.

Michael Gire is described by clients as "one of the most recognized and respected healthcare lawyers in the region." He draws praise for his "political savvy, technical strength and rational advice."

Stephen Kleinman is noted for his expertise in medical staff matters. His clients include several hospitals, hospices and long-term care providers. Sources praise his "depth of knowledge and responsiveness."