Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Joan W. Feldman is Chair of the Health Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s seven-person 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, 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, health insurers and software and health information technology companies. She regularly advises her clients on corporate governance, best practices, corporate and business issues and combinations, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures and 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; data 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 regularly counsels clients on all OHCA-related matters and proceedings, including applying for Certificates of Need (CONs) for the establishment of a new or the sale/transfer of ownership of an existing health care facility or challenging CON applications filed by adverse parties. She has assisted clients navigate more than 150 CON matters. Joan’s 32 years of 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 reform, including accountable care organizations, medical homes and other innovative strategies focused on cost containment and quality improvement.