Phone: 216.736.7228 Fax: 216.621.6536

Overview

Susan is known as one of Ohio’s leading healthcare attorneys, and is the author of the book “Ohio Health Care Provider Law,” which has been relied up upon in healthcare law across the state for more than 20 years. As Chair of KJK’s Healthcare Practice Group, Susan leads a team of attorneys who serve hospital systems, physicians’ groups, long-term care organizations and other healthcare providers and payers. She works with clients on regulatory and compliance matters, medical staff and licensing issues, contract negotiations, litigation and general corporate law.

Susan’s contributions to the field of healthcare law across her 35-year legal career have been recognized locally and nationally. She is a current fellow and former board member of the American Health Lawyers Association, was honored with the Distinguished Women in Healthcare award from the Visiting Nurse Association and is often called upon to speak on healthcare law topics and contribute to such publications as the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law. She is an attorney equally respected among medical staffs and healthcare executives.

Prior to joining KJK, Susan served as in-house general counsel for Southwest General Health Center. She currently serves as outside counsel for several hospitals. She pioneered the curriculum in Health Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and continues to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in health law at Baldwin-Wallace University.

Outside of her legal work and teaching, Susan is a world traveler with a particular interest in nature and animals and has visited the Amazon rainforest, India, China and Africa among other places. She is a weaver and spinner who creates one-of-a-kind handspun yarns and craft pieces.

“Whenever possible I don’t tell clients that the law prohibits them from doing something, but help them reach their goals within the confines of the law.” – Susan O. Scheutzow

Education

  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1982, cum laude
  • The Ohio State University, M.A., 1976, magna cum laude
  • Kent State University B.A., political science, 1975, cum laude 

Civic Involvement

  • The Eliza Jennings Group (a non-profit providing nursing home, assisted living and other services for older adults), Board Member, 2009 to present; Chair, 2015 to 2017
  • Southwest General Community Health Foundation, Board Member, 2012 to present
  • Berea Education Foundation, Board Member, 2010 to present
  • University Suburban Health Center, Board Member, 2014 to present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Fellow
    • National Board of Directors, 1997 to 2001
    • New Mediation Training, Alternate Dispute Resolution Service, 2012, Advisory Board
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair, 1993 to 1995
    • Health Law Section, Chair, 1988 to 1989
    • Health Law Council, Member 1986 to 1989, 1991 to 1992, 2001 to 2003
    • Health Law Institute, Chair, 1998 and 1992; American Bar Association
  • Ohio Society of Hospital Attorneys
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Dental Board, public representative, 1990 to 1995 (appointed by Ohio Governor Richard Celeste)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Kent State University Healthcare MBA Program; Baldwin Wallace University, instructor

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2006, 2016, 2017
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Fellow, 2005 to present
  • Distinguished Women in Healthcare, Visiting Nurse Association, 2005
  • Leading Lawyers, Northeast Ohio’s Inside Business magazine, 2001 to present
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Law and Politics, 2004 to 2007
  • Distinguished Alumnus, College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University, 2001
  • The Best Lawyers In America (Woodward/White), 1991 to 1998, 2015, 2016

Presentations & Publications

  • Author of Ohio Health Care Provider Law, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing, 1994
  • Fundamentals of Health Law, Author of “Patient Care” Chapter, American Health Lawyer Association, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Editions, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2014
  • “The Employee Exceptions to the Anti- Kickback and Stark Laws After Tuomey: What’s a Physician’s Employer to Do?” Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, February 2011, co-authored with Stephen Eisenberg
  • “Indemnification in Healthcare Contracting: Structuring Healthcare Contracts to Allocate and Transfer Risk,” Legal Analysis Plus: A+ Monograph Series, National Health Lawyers Association, 1st Edition, 1996; 2nd Edition, 2003; 3rd Edition, 2014
  • “Challenges to Employed Physicians’ Compensation: Direct, Indirect or Unintelligible Compensation,” Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, 2013
  • “The Emperor Has No Clothes: Examining The Employee Exception to the Anti-Referral Laws,” Journal of Health Law, Winter 2001
  • “State Peer Review Protection Statutes: High Cost but No Benefit — Is it Time for a Change?” American Journal of Law and Medicine, 1999
  • “Confidentiality and Privilege of Peer Review Information: More Imagined than Real,” Journal of Law and Health, 1993, co-authored with Sylvia Gillis
  • “The Discovery of Medical Records Maintained by Health Care Facilities: Inconsistent Law in Need of Legislative Correction,” Journal of Law & Health, 1990, co-authored with Anthea Daniels

Representative Experience

“We have had the distinct pleasure of working with Susan Scheutzow for several years now. We have first-hand knowledge of her intelligence, skill and thoroughness in handling legal matters for a wide variety of health care clients. In the best tradition of lawyering, she possesses strong analytic skills but is mindful of the human and social dramas that underlie many health care legal issues.”

– L. Jon Schurmeier and Jan E. Murray – forward to Ohio Health Care Provider Law

  • Serving as legal counsel to the City of Cleveland in the proposed $425 million redevelopment of the City’s Convention Center and the world’s first Medical Mart, a series of showrooms for medical device, pharmaceutical, hospital, medical colleges, and other medical-related companies
  • Assisting a manufacturer and distribution of medical devices to go public
  • Servicing as hospital counsel for a variety of credit facilities with lending institutions
  • Assisting with Joint Commission survey readiness
  • Successfully litigating and settling a case against the National Practitioner Data Bank
  • Handling peer review matters from initial investigations through full hearings
  • Assisting healthcare providers in  creating a financially and clinically integrated network of providers
  • Qualifying healthcare providers for federal and state tax-exempt status
  • Representing physicians before the Ohio Medical Board
  • Assisting a publicly-held medical insurance holding company to acquire additional medical insurance companies with combined assets of more than $650 million
  • Advising stockholders of a company providing billing services to the healthcare industry in a $90 million sale and recapitalization transaction
  • Representing a start-up firm that has developed a preventive and predictive medical imaging platform
  • Counseling an operator of dialysis centers in connection with various aspects of its business, including a joint venture with a national dialysis service provider
  • Representing a start-up teleradiology company in raising capital, key client and service agreements, and corporate structure

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