Consulting & Advisory

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Data Privacy




Physicians & Physician Practices

J. Ira Bedenbaugh

Managing Director

Professional Overview

Ira has over 15 years of experience providing consulting services to physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare entities, specializing in physician compensation, HIPAA and data privacy, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and operations.

He regularly works with customers’ compensation formulas, including updating formulas, addressing STARK concerns, and performing compensation calculations. Ira provides fair market valuation and commercial reasonableness opinions related to physician compensation, including on-call and medical director compensation, and physician/hospital lease arrangements. 

Ira helps customers with data privacy, including HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules, GDPR, and CCPA. He and his team perform HIPAA Security Rule Risk Assessments and assist entities with implementing HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules.

He is an Adjunct Professor with the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, teaching healthcare finance in its Master of Health Administration program.

Before joining Elliott Davis in 2006, Ira served as the practice administrator for a multi-physician primary care practice in South Carolina, where he successfully integrated an electronic health record system in 2001. The practice was named a Better Performing Practice by the Medical Group Management Association in 2000 and 2005 for physician productivity and cost containment. Ira’s current physician practice customers benefit from the insights he brings to bear from his experience as a practice administrator and his unique understanding of the regulatory and operational pressures physician practices face.

Education, Credentials and Special Training

  • M.B.A, Clemson University
  • B.S., Financial Management, Clemson University

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA)

Civic and Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, The South Carolina Baptist Ministry of Aging

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