Chad N. Eckhardt

T 513.651.6876
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Chad is a partner in Frost Brown Todd's regulated business group and Chair of the Health Care Industry Team.

Chad's focus on the health care industry provides him an opportunity to advise businesses and health care entities in corporate matters, formation and structuring, contract negotiation, and regulatory compliance. He works with publicly traded and privately owned health care entities, including a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. He has assisted numerous hospitals, physician practices, ancillary service providers and related entities on mergers, acquisitions and clinical integrations and issues pertaining to Stark, Anti-Kickback, billing compliance, Recovery Auditor programs, HIPAA, licensing, Health Care reform and other regulatory and transactional aspects of the industry. 

Chad also advises not-for-profit organizations on governance and policy issues, IRS compliance, and Form 990 issues. Prior to graduating from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Chad taught English at the secondary and collegiate levels.


Led merger of three substantial health care non-profit organizations

Led $5 million sale of hospital outpatient department to national provider

Led acquisition of multi-facility OB/GYN practice by a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

Led and assisted with numerous formations of management services organizations, including ophthalmology and anesthesia specialties

Assisted with formation of numerous clinically integrated networks, including Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Led significant regulatory compliance project addressing 39 states and federal regulations for publically traded health care company

Assisted with structuring, negotiating and completing purchase of long term care pharmacy including transfer of over 100 licenses

Assisted with structuring, negotiating and completing sale of private pharmacy to a public company

Assisted Free Health Center in formation, credentialing, and obtaining FTCA immunity for board members, officers and volunteers

Serves as outside general counsel to large Federally Qualified Health Center in Southern Kentucky

Obtained complete reversal, without any payment obligation, in an appeal of a physician’s exclusion from Medicare

Obtained complete reversal and full refund of RAC denial with extrapolated overpayment in excess of $250,000

Assisted health system in purchase of hospital, from both a transactional and regulatory perspective

Annually advises billion dollar non-profit hospital organization with Form 990 compliance including its community health needs assessment and 501(r) compliance

Presented to numerous not-for-profit Board of Directors’ regarding governance issues and Form 990 implications

Negotiated numerous Business Associate Agreements regarding HITECH Amendments and Breach Notification provisions

Handled countless HIPAA privacy matters, risk assessments and releases of medical information and development of HIPAA training and compliance programs

Obtained numerous 501(c)(3) determination letters including for hospitals

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Recipient of Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and under, 2015
  • FBT Mentor of the Year, 2013
  • Recipient of the Chase Fellowship Scholarship, 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • Northern Kentucky Law Review, Associate Editor
  • CALI Award (highest grade in class) Contracts II, Corporations, National Security, and Criminal Procedure

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2009-current
  • Junior Achievement volunteer, 2013-2015
  • Pro Bono Partnership, firm liaison and volunteer
  • United Way Emerging Leader, 2010-current
  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2009-current

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Health Care Program Compliance Guide, Ch. 1001, "Hospitals-Admissions and Discharges." Bloomberg BNA, 2016

"How Blockchain Will Affect HIPAA," Speaker 2016, BTC Media:Distributed Health

"The Two-Midnight Rule and the Irreverent Observation Status," Bloomberg BNA, Health Law Resource Center, 2014

"Managed Care Update," HFMA Annual Meeting, Southwest Ohio Chapter, May 18, 2012

501(c)(3) and What it Means, presenter 2011-2015

IRS Form 990 Crash Course, presenter 2011

Recovery Audit Contractor Program, Panelist 2010

Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board: The Decision That Corporate America May Forever Be Waiting For, 36 n. ky. l. rev. 146

Healthcare Deal Making Summit, co-presenter 2014

Other Contact Info


Ginny Hartman
T 513.651.6481