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Joan W. Feldman


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Joan W. Feldman is Chair of the Health Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She has devoted her entire legal career to representing health care providers and industry-related clients in connection with health care, business, regulatory and administrative law matters. Joan is general and special counsel to acute, general, specialty, and academic medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice providers, behavioral health and substance use disorder providers, durable medical equipment providers, clinical laboratories, managed care and Life Sciences companies.

She regularly advises her clients on corporate governance, corporate and business issues and combinations (e.g., mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures and physician/hospital strategic alliances); state and federal regulatory issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, qui tam actions, fraud and abuse, corporate compliance (e.g., False Claims Act, Anti-kickback and Stark); data privacy and HIPAA, state and federal privacy matters; information technology and software licensing; medical staff governance and credentialing matters; medical ethics and end-of-life issues; and quality of care regulatory matters, developing quality improvement and assessment programs; clinical research matters; and state and federal licensure matters.

She has extensive experience dealing with CMS and state licensure authorities on licensure and regulatory matters. Joan also has extensive experience advising her clients on certificate of need matters and proceedings, both as applicants and intervenors, relating to establishing new facilities, termination of services and transfer of ownership.

Joan’s significant experience representing health care providers, along with her experience as a registered nurse in Massachusetts, Maine, 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 distinguish her advice and add 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 health care providers, including compliance, medical ethics, regulatory and reimbursement matters and health care fraud.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Health Care Law (2015-2019)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Health Care (2013-2018)
  • 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 (2011-2019)

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.


January 11, 2019  U.S. Supreme Court Decision Impacts Arbitration Clauses
January 3, 2019  Physician Practice Liable for Violating its Duty of Confidentiality to a Patient
November 6, 2018  What Does the Partial Repeal of the Medicaid IMD Exclusion Mean for Providers?
October 2018  New Compliance Training Requirements for Medicare Advantage
August 22, 2018  Connecticut Supreme Court Reminds Teaching Hospitals that They May be Responsible for Residents' Negligence
August 6, 2018  CMS Mandates Hospitals to Post Standard Charges Online
March 2018  False Claims Act 2017 Report Card: $2.4 Billion Recovered
January 24, 2018  HHS Takes Action to Protect Religious Beliefs and Moral Convictions
January 17, 2018  Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action for Patient Privacy Breach
January 10, 2018  OIG Scrutiny of Patient Assistance Programs
June 2017  Reducing the risk of False Claims Act qui tam actions
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

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May 22, 2019  HFMA Region 1 Eighteenth Annual Healthcare Conference
December 13, 2018  CT HFMA Winter Revenue Summit with AAHAM
November 7, 2018  4th Annual Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference
September 14, 2018  2018 Community Health Summit: Working Together for a Healthier Connecticut
May 15, 2018  CLE Event: Mind Over Matters: Your Mental Health and Well-Being As A Lawyer
April 13, 2018  Community Health Center Association of Connecticut
June 27, 2017  Community Health Center Association of Connecticut
June 26, 2017  Health Care Compliance Association Web Conference
June 23, 2017  Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT)
June 20, 2017  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance Behavioral Health Compliance Forum
May 23-25, 2017  HFMA Region 1 Sixteenth Annual Healthcare Conference
May 9, 2017  Webinar: Negotiating a Successful Health Care Transaction
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
February 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

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  • 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

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  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

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