Bob Cochran’s practice is focused on health care litigation and white collar criminal defense.  He represents health care providers accused of Medicaid, Medicare, and other types of health care fraud and related crimes. As a health care lawyer, Bob also represents health care providers in a full range of regulatory, compliance and litigation matters. These include fraud and abuse counseling, Medicare/Medicaid payment issues, medical staff matters, HIPAA compliance and government audits and investigations. Bob has also drafted medical staff bylaws for hospitals and surgery centers, and represented hospitals and medical groups in privileging, credentialing, and employment disputes in state and federal courts.

As a trial lawyer, former prosecutor, and litigator with 20 years of experience, Bob represents businesses, officers, directors and individuals faced with allegations of environmental crimes and other business-related or “white collar” crimes. He is actively involved in all stages of these matters, from internal investigations, through grand jury proceedings, to trial. He is also a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio.

Bob previously served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and Assistant Ohio Attorney General where he prosecuted environmental crimes and later served as the Assistant Chief of Ohio's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Reported and Representative Cases
Health Care Fraud Defense

  • Represent physicians and other health care providers under investigation for Medicare and Medicaid fraud and alleged violations of federal and state drug laws.
  • Represented a pharmacist in a 3-year state and federal Medicaid fraud investigation. No charges were filed against client.
  • Successfully represented a health care provider throughout a 3-year insurance and workers' compensation fraud investigation. No charges were ever filed against client. Negotiated a favorable administrative settlement of the alleged overpayment.
  • Obtained dismissal of a criminal complaint charging a physician with assaulting a patient.
  • Successfully represented physician accused of sexual abuse.
Health Care Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a health system in a breach of contract lawsuit arising from the termination of a radiologist’s professional services agreement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a medical practice in a lawsuit arising from the termination of a pharmacist’s employment.
  • Represented hospital and members of hospital's medical staff in a lawsuit filed by a physician who lost his medical staff privileges. Obtained dismissal of all claims asserted in physician's complaint.
  • Represented hospital and medical staff in a federal and state lawsuit filed by a physician who lost his medical staff privileges. Obtained dismissal of all claims asserted in physician's complaint in federal and state court, including an antitrust claim.
  • Represented hospital and members of hospital's medical staff in a federal lawsuit filed by a physician whose medical staff privileges were suspended. Obtained dismissal of all claims asserted in physician's complaint, including claims of race discrimination. Raman Talwar, M.D. v. Catholic Healthcare Partners, et al., 258 Fed. Appx. 800 (6th Cir. 2007); 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88280 (District Court Decision).
  • Represented infusion therapy provider in a successful defense against claims made by the purchaser of the company that the infusion therapy provider systematically overbilled payors in order to inflate revenues to secure a large sales price.
Health Care Regulatory

  • Represented health care providers in administrative actions and investigations involving various state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio State Auditor, the Ohio State Medical and Pharmacy Boards, and the United States Department of Health & Human Services.
Environmental Crimes Defense

  • Successfully represented corporate officials and company employees in Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act criminal cases in federal court.
  • Successfully represented a large public entity in a 3-year Clean Water Act criminal investigation. Conducted an internal investigation and prepared detailed written submissions to the government on client’s defenses. No charges were filed.
  • Secured dismissal of an indictment charging an employee of a large retailer with multiple violations of Ohio's hazardous waste laws.
Selected Experience
  • Ohio Attorney General, Health Care Fraud Section - Assistant Chief
  • Ohio Attorney General, Environmental Enforcement Section - Prosecutor
  • Lake County, Ohio - Assistant County Prosecutor
  • Southern District of Ohio Health Care Fraud Task Force - Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
Firm Publications
Blog Posts
Published In
  • "‘And the Hits Just Keep on Coming’ — The Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction for Health Care Professionals," National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers The Champion magazine, December 2015
  • Feds set sights on executives in battle to curtail health-care fraud, Columbus Business First, May 20, 2011
  • Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors: Overview and Response, American Health Lawyer’s Association, In-House Counsel Annual Meeting, June 2009
  • Public or Private - Sarbanes-Oxley Means Business, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Safety Directory, 2006
  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines No Longer Mandatory, Hospitals and Health Systems Rx, Vol. 7., Issue 3, Summer 2005
  • Developing Effective Corporate Compliance Programs, MidWest In-House, January 2005
  • Department of Justice Issues Opinion on the Limits of HIPAA's Criminal Enforcement Provision, The Health Law Strategist, Volume 10, Issue 3, Fall 2005
  • Federal Sentencing Standards No Longer Mandatory: What Does This Mean for Health Care Entities?, The Health Law Strategist, Volume 10, Issue 2, Spring 2005
  • Economic Conflicts of Interest and Physician Credentialing: A National Perspective, The Health Law Strategist, Volume 8, Issue 1, Winter 2003
  • Economic Conflicts of Interest and Credentialing Decisions: Legal Standards for Medical Staff Membership in Ohio, The Health Law Strategist, Volume 7, Issue 3, Fall 2002
  • Are You Disposing of Hazardous Waste Properly?, The Health Law Strategist, Volume 7, Issue 1, Winter 2002
  • Increased Focus on Patient Safety Concerns, The Health Law Strategist, Volume 6, Issue 3, Summer 2001
Speaking Engagements
  • "Something's Up, So We Need to Investigate: Internal & External Investigations," Blue & Co., LLC and Ice Miller LLP Healthcare Hot Topics, Westerville, Ohio - July 2017
  • "Medicaid Reform Under the New Administration," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting & Education Summit, Columbus, Ohio - June 13, 2017
  • "The Role of Governing Boards in Compliance Oversight," Indiana Hospital Association, Indianapolis, Indiana - November 12, 2015
  • "A Deep Dive Into Inspection Preparedness," Indiana Medical Device Manufacturer's Council, Indianapolis, Indiana - April 15, 2015
  • “Health Care 2015,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 4, 2014
  • "Internal and External Investigations," Columbus Chamber of Commerce HR Academy - October 2014
  • "Hot Issues in Health Care," Ice Miller Client Briefing, Indianapolis, Indiana - July 17, 2014
  • "Dealing with Investigators and Prosecutors," Association of Corporate Counsel hosted by Ice Miller - March 2014
  • New Fraud and Abuse Laws in the Health Reform Legislation, Columbus Bar Association, - May 13, 2010
  • How to Respond to a Government Audit or Investigation, Ohio State Bar Association - Aug. 20, 2009
  • Antitrust Issues in the Insurance Industry - May 1, 2009
  • Provider Beware: Protecting Your Company From Government Audits and Investigations, Medical Group Management Association - October, 2008
  • Environmental Criminal Enforcement - April 2007
  • New Directions in American Health Law & Policy - Oct. 18, 2006
  • Ethics and Corporate Compliance in the Wake of Sarbanes Oxley - April 20, 2006
  • Legal Challenges Shaping the Future Balance of Health Care - May 19, 2004
  • Medicaid Fraud, Ohio Hospital Association - May 14, 2002
  • Responding to Criminal Health Care Investigations - Jan. 15, 2002
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