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Partner - Joan W. Feldman

Joan W. Feldman

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Joan W. Feldman is Chair of the Health Law Practice Group.  She has devoted her entire legal career to representing healthcare providers in connection with healthcare, business, regulatory and administrative law matters.  Joan is general and special counsel to acute, general, specialty, academic medical center and chronic disease hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice providers, behavioral health and substance use providers, durable medical equipment providers, clinical laboratories, organ procurement organizations, and physician certification boards.

She regularly advises her clients on corporate governance, best practices, corporate and business issues and combinations, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, physician/hospital strategic alliances; state and federal regulatory issues, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud, abuse, and Stark and Anti-kickback issues; corporate compliance, governmental audits and investigations (e.g., state and federal recovery audit contractors, Medicare and Medicaid audits); privacy and HIPAA issues, state and federal investigations relating to privacy breaches; information technology and software licensing; medical staff governance and credentialing matters; medical ethics and end-of-life issues; quality of care regulatory matters, developing quality improvement and assessment programs; clinical research matters, including regulatory compliance and medical ethics; certificate of need applications, and state and federal licensure matters.

Joan’s thirty years of experience representing healthcare providers, along with her experience as a registered nurse in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut and her experience as a faculty member at the University of Maine School of Nursing provides her with operational insights and practical approaches to challenging compliance and quality issues that distinguishes her advice and adds immeasurable value when counseling her clients on legal and licensure issues.  Joan is a frequent speaker, educator and prolific writer on a variety of subjects of interest to healthcare providers, including compliance, medical ethics, regulatory and reimbursement matters and healthcare reform, including accountable care organizations, medical homes and other innovative strategies focused on cost containment and quality improvement.

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Health Care Law (2015-2017)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Health Care (2013-2016)
  • Listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England by Super Lawyers® (2015-2016)
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Connecticut by Super Lawyers® (2015-2016)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-2012)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Healthcare (2011-2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • American Hospital Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Partnership for Hispanic Health Council: Volunteer
  • Health Care Compliance Association

Successful Affiliation of Two Major Healthcare Organizations

A team of Shipman & Goodwin attorneys, led by Joan Feldman, assisted Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in the negotiation of its affiliation with Yale New Haven Health, and jointly represented both L+M Corporation and Yale New Haven Health in obtaining all the needed regulatory approvals from the State of Connecticut to complete the transaction, including certificate of need approval from the Office of Health Care Access for the system affiliation and the combination of the affiliated medical foundation. The affiliation process extended over an eighteen-month period with many complex regulatory hurdles, along with coordinated corporate, transactional, labor and employment, and environmental legal counsel.

Development and Launch of All-Payer Claims Database

Represented Access Health CT, the State’s health insurance exchange, in connection with the development and launch of one of the country’s first all-payer claims databases (APCD). Assisted Access Health CT in its development of a vendor data management agreement for claims data, and continue to advise on data use, intellectual property, privacy and security matters.

The APCD program collects, maintains, and assesses health care information and will make such information accessible to health care professionals, researchers, consumers and others for purposes of improving health care utilization, costs and quality of health care services in Connecticut.

Publications

February 15, 2017  SAMHSA Modernizes Regulations Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records
January 31, 2017  IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts -- Impact on Healthcare Providers
October 11, 2016  Providing Transgender-Inclusive Health Care
October 27, 2016  October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches
May 24, 2016  Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians
April 2016  Communicating Protected Health Information Via Text Messaging
January 27, 2016  If You Provide Behavioral Health Services, Do the New HIPAA Reporting Rules Apply to You?
January 21, 2016  APCDs: One Solution to Obtaining Meaningful Performance Data
December 9, 2015  Stark Law Update
February 9, 2015  Key Issues in Negotiating a Health Information Technology Agreement
December 12, 2014  Recent Data Breach Demonstrates the Importance of Attention to Software and IT Systems
November 11, 2014  Health and Human Services Addresses Ebola and Other Public Health Emergencies
October 16, 2014  Proposed Revisions to Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Provisions
October 6, 2014  What You Need To Know About Unlicensed Scribes In Your Hospital
September 2, 2014  CMS Proposes Short-Term Inpatient Admission Settlement Process for Hospitals
August 1, 2014  Connecticut Expands Transparency Reporting Obligations to APRNs
July 9, 2014  Connecticut Health Law 2014 Legislative Update
May 12, 2014  Health Law: HIPAA Breaches: Getting It Right
February 3, 2014  CMS Delays the 2-Midnight Rule For At Least Another 2 Midnights
January 14, 2014  IRS Releases Further Guidance for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
January 3, 2014  A Primer on Bringing Traditional Chinese Medicine to the U.S. Market
December 4, 2013  DSS Releases Proposed FQHC Reimbursement Regulations
November 19, 2013  Court Rules that Hospital's Incentive Payments for its Oncologists Violated the Stark Law
November 8, 2013  CMS Delays Post-Payment Reviews for "Short-Stay" Inpatient Admissions
November 6, 2013  Medicare Conditions of Participation for Community Mental Health Centers
August 26, 2013  Recent OCR Enforcement Action Demonstrates the Importance of a Thorough Risk Analysis
August 8, 2013  Health Law 2013 Legislative Update
June 25, 2013  FDA Releases Draft Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Devices
May 22, 2013  Lessons Learned From "U.S. ex rel., Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc."
May 16, 2013  Certificate of Need Regulations Finalized and Released
February 12, 2013  HIPAA Final Rule
January 3, 2013  HHS Announces Mobile Device Security Initiative
October 23, 2012  DSS Releases Proposed Provider Audit Regulations
September 21, 2012  U.S. Department of Justice Announces $16.5 Million Settlement with HCA, Inc. for False Claims Act and Stark Law Claims
August 2, 2012  Breaches of Personal Information Must Now Be Reported to the Attorney General
June 28, 2012  Health Law Practice Group Discusses Supreme Court's Ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
June 28, 2012  Health Care Ruling Brings Contract, Grant Opportunities
June 26, 2012  Health Law 2012 Legislative Update
June 6, 2012  DSS Publishes Final Regulations on Reimbursement of Medical Foundations
May 2012  Medical Foundations: One Model for Hospital-Physician Alignment
May 17, 2012  CMS Releases Final Rule on PPACA Program Integrity Provisions
May 2, 2012  FDA and HHS Rules on Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest in Research

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Events

May 23-25, 2017  HFMA Region 1 Sixteenth Annual Healthcare Conference
April 26, 2017  What You Need to Know to Negotiate a Successful Health Care Transaction
March 26-29, 2017  Health Care Compliance Association's 21st Annual Compliance Institute
November 10, 2016  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc. Behavioral Health CFO Forum
September 20, 2016  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc. Compliance Roundtable
May 25, 2016  HFMA Region 1 Fifteenth Annual Healthcare Conference
February 23, 2016  CT HFMA: 2016 Legal Playbook: Best Practices to Keep Your Healthcare Operations on the Winning Side
Feburary 17, 2016  Stark Update at University of Connecticut Health Center
June 11, 2015  Feldman & Roberts to Speak about The Physician Payments Sunshine Act
May 19-20, 2015  HFMA Region 1 Fourteenth Annual Healthcare Conference
February 12, 2015  CHCACT: Corporate Compliance Workgroup
January 20, 2015  HCBA: Business Associate Compliance - Keeping Your Own House in Order
January 14, 2015  Stage 2 Meaningful Use Audit: What You Need to Know
December 11, 2014  CHCACT: Compliance Workgroup
November 5, 2014  CT HFMA: Annual Healthcare Leaders Legal Update
October 9, 2014  CCPA: Establishing an Effective Compliance Program
August 5, 2014  CHCACT: CFO Roundtable
April 3, 2014  Guest Lecturer at Quinnipiac University School of Law: Patients' Rights and Responsibilities
March 27, 2014  Guest Lecturer at Quinnipiac University School of Law: HIPAA
March 13, 2014  Conducting an Internal Compliance Investigation
January 30, 2014  Stark Overview of Physician Contracts
January 21, 2014  CCPA: Corporate Compliance Forum
November 20, 2013  CT-HFMA: Annual Healthcare Legal Conference
October 31, 2013  Stark Overview: Lessons to Be Learned
March 15, 2013  Complying With the New HIPAA Regulations - Part II
March 1, 2013  Complying With the New HIPAA Regulations - Part I
December 6, 2012  New England Healthcare Internal Auditors, Inc. Fall 2012 Educational Conference
November 29, 2012  Hospital-Physician Integration
May 10, 2012  Catching the Social Media Bug: The Risks and Rewards of Social Media For Health Care Providers
May 6-8, 2012  Preparing and Responding to Medicare RACs

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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1986, with honors
  • State University of New York Downstate College of Nursing, B.S.N., 1977,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

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