Catherine A. Martin  - Health Lawyer at Ober|Kaler (Baltimore, MD)

Catherine A. Martin

443.263.7520 fax

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia


  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honor, 1999)
  • Loyola College of Maryland (B.A., cum laude, 1992)

Catherine A. Martin


Catherine A. Martin is co-chair of Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group. Cathy has a broad, national practice representing health care systems, hospitals and providers in compliance and regulatory matters with a particular focus on fraud and abuse, alternative payment models, provider and physician alignment strategies, and guidance on legal aspects of health system operations, both independently and in support of in-house counsel.

Cathy brings to her practice considerable private practice and government experience. From 2003 to 2007, she was Senior Counsel with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the US Department of Health and Human Services within the Industry Guidance Branch. There she developed advisory opinions to the health care industry on whether an activity violated the federal antikickback statute or other OIG fraud and abuse authorities. She also drafted regulations and provided guidance to health care industry representatives and government officials. She is one of the primary authors of the OIG’s electronic prescribing and electronic health records safe harbors under the federal antikickback statute.

At Ober|Kaler, Cathy works closely with health care providers and transactional counsel during due diligence to address identified compliance concerns which may require internal investigations and possibly reporting to the government. Cathy has extensive experience preparing, negotiating, and resolving matters through the OIG and CMS self-disclosure protocols. In addition, she advises health care providers facing exclusion from Medicare and other federal health care programs, as well as health care companies that have employed excluded providers. Building on her fraud and abuse background, Cathy has expanded her practice to include substantial work in the area of alternative payment models, co-management relationships, and gainsharing. Cathy works closely with health systems and providers participating, by assisting with the design, implementation, and compliance oversight of such arrangements.

Cathy has received many commendations for her legal work, including recognition by Chambers USA, as one of America's Leading Business Lawyers – Healthcare (Maryland), 2013-2015. While at the OIG Cathy was awarded the OIG Cooperative Achievement Award (2005) and the OIG Exceptional Achievement Award (2005). She is a frequent author and lecturer on health care fraud and abuse issues, speaking regularly before the American Health Lawyers Association and other groups. Cathy is co-author of the chapter on fraud and abuse in the Health Law Handbook, published by Thomson Reuters/West Group.

Professional Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Fraud & Abuse Practice Group
      • Advisory Opinion Task Force
    • Mentoring Program
    • Public Interest Contributor
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Health Law Section

Community Service

  • Tyanna Barre O'Brien Foundation 
    • Past Board Member


Publications & Presentations [View All]
  • Presenter, "Medicare Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative: Experiences on the Front Lines of Alternative Payment," Webinar, American Health Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Co-author, “Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight,” Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Health Lawyers Association, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, Health Care Compliance Association, 2015
  • Presenter, "Use of the Corporate Responsibility Doctrine in Health Care Prosecutions," Health Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association, 2015
  • Presenter, "Federal Anti-Kickback Statute," Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series Part I, American Health Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Presenter, "CMS Russian Roulette: Betting Your Economic Life on Compliance," Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, American Health Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Presenter, "Hot Topics in Compliance," 43rd Annual Institute, Maryland Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association, 2013
  • Presenter, “Foundations in Fraud and Abuse,” Webinar, Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute, 2013
  • Presenter, "Federal Anti-Kickback Statute," Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series Part III, American Health Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Presenter, "Corporate Governance, Compliance and Liability," Health Care Fraud Institute, American Bar Association, 2013
  • Presenter, "Fraud and Abuse Year in Review: Hot Topics," Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Presenter, "The Federal Anti-Kickback Law: An Overview, Recent Enforcement Trends and Impact of Healthcare Reform," Fraud and Abuse Boot Camp Webinar Series Part III, American Health Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Co-author, Chapter, "Update on Fraud and Abuse," Health Law Handbook, Thomson Reuters/West Group, 2011, 2012
  • Panelist, "Practical Tips on the Stark Self-Disclosure Protocol," Public Interest Committee Stark Self-Disclosure Roundtable, American Health Lawyers Association, 2011, 2012
  • Co-presenter, "Fraud and Abuse: The Year in Review," Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association, 2011
  • Presenter, "Managing Financial Risk with Physician and Bundled Payment Methodologies," Webinar, Goodroe Healthcare Services, LLC, 2011
  • Author, "Preparing for the Transition to Quality-Based Payments: Trends, Legal Barriers to Successful Implementation, and Practical Suggestions for Providers," Journal of Health and Life Sciences, American Health Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Presenter, "Anti-Markup and Physician Self-Referral Issues in the 2009 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule," Hospitals and Health Systems Rx, American Health Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Presenter, "Gainsharing and Incentives – Legal and Operational Issues," National Healthcare Incentives Institute, 2008
  • Author, "Incentive Payment and Shared Savings Programs – The New Gainsharing," BNA Health Law Reporter, 2008
  • Presenter, "Gainsharing: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Heading," In-House Counsel and Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Author, "Highlights of Physician Self-Referral Law Reform Included in the IPPS Rule," Health Lawyers Weekly, 2008
  • Author, "2008 and Beyond: Outlook for In-Office Pathology Arrangements," EndoEconomics, 2008
  • Presenter, "Emerging Issues and Physician Referral Update," Health Care Compliance Association, 2008
  • Presenter, "National Audioconference on Gainsharing," Health Affairs and Harvard Health Policy Review, 2007
  • Presenter, "Electronic Health Records – The Future is Here," Washington Healthcare Summit, 2006
  • Presenter, "Electronic Health Records and the Final OIG Rulemaking," Webinar, American Health Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Presenter, "Electronic Health Records and the Road Ahead," In-House Counsel and Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Presenter, "Fraud and Abuse Primer," 2006 Compliance Institute, Health Care Compliance Association, 2006
  • Presenter, "Gainsharing," Executive Briefing, Heathcare Financial Management Association, 2005
  • Panelist, "Gainsharing," Fraud and Compliance Forum, American Health Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Presenter, "2005 Healthcare Update," Annual Meeting, American Bar Association, 2005