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.
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.
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.
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