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


A principal in Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group, Catherine A. "Cathy" Martin represents health care entities in fraud and abuse matters, advising clients on compliance with federal antikickback law, the Stark physician self-referral statute and the federal civil monetary penalty provisions.

Cathy brings to her practice considerable experience in handling health care fraud and abuse cases from the government's side of the table. 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. During her tenure there, she drafted and issued 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 industry representatives and government officials. She handled matters related to gainsharing and other quality-focused initiatives, and was one of the primary authors of the electronic prescribing and electronic health records safe harbors under the antikickback statute.

Cathy also represents hospitals and health systems in a wide range of complex legal and business matters, including joint ventures, quality initiatives, physician recruitment, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, physician self-referral (Stark) issues and preparation of compliance programs.

She is a frequent author and lecturer on health care fraud and abuse issues, speaking regularly before the American Health Lawyers Association. She is co-author of the chapter on fraud and abuse in the 2011 and 2012 editions of 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


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
  • 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