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Joan W. Feldman


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Joan W. Feldman is Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Health Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Joan has more than three decades of experience providing cross-disciplinary business and regulatory counsel to health care clients. Her comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the competitive, operational, and regulatory pressures and opportunities facing today’s health care organizations has made her a “go to” lawyer for clients across the country. Equally valuable, Joan has earned a reputation among federal and state agency officials as a capable, effective and trustworthy advocate for her clients.

Joan is a prolific educator and writer. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joan and her team have delivered regular, meaningful guidance on the rapid-fire regulatory developments emerging from federal and state agencies. These resources, developed and distributed freely to thousands of contacts, have helped health care providers, employers and other organizations ensure compliance, mount practical, effective responses to operational and care-delivery challenges, and pursue opportunities to help combat the novel coronavirus.

Joan has also provided assistance to individuals and organizations without access to the legal resources needed to succeed in this difficult environment. Among other initiatives, she volunteered to work with manufacturers and suppliers to advise on and coordinate the sourcing of much-needed PPE to hospitals and community providers in a five-state area.

Joan serves as general and special outside counsel to clients in almost every sector of the industry, including acute, general, specialty and academic medical centers, home health agencies, hospice providers, behavioral health and substance-use disorder providers, durable medical equipment providers, clinical laboratories and life sciences companies.  She provides full-spectrum counsel in the following:

Health Care Regulatory Compliance, Licensure and Certificates of Need
Joan routinely provides counsel on the full range of federal and state laws and regulations, including:

  • Corporate compliance, including developing and implementing compliance programs
  • Compliance investigations and corrective action
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, including fraud and abuse, Anti-kickback and Stark Law compliance
  • Corporate governance and best practices
  • Medical staff governance, discipline and credentialing
  • Facility licensing, certification, surveys and corrective action plans
  • Governmental payer audits, investigations, and False Claim allegations and overpayments
  • Whistleblower fraud and abuse claims
  • Health information privacy, including HIPAA, data security and breach reporting
  • Clinical and translational research issues involving conflicts of interest, research misconduct, institutional review boards, informed consent, privacy and data issues, and sponsor and investigator agreements
  • Certificate of need proceedings and determination requests relating to formation of new facilities, changes of ownership, corporate affiliations, joint ventures, technology acquisitions, and termination of services

Health Care Transactions and Operations
Joan counsels clients at every step of the business lifecycle, including:

  • Corporate formation and governance (for-profit and not-for-profit entities)
  • Mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, partnerships, physician/hospital strategic alliances and other combinations
  • Developing clinically integrated networks
  • Establishment of new facilities, and advising on licensure and reimbursement issues
  • Managed care contracting, including risk-sharing arrangements

Joan regularly advises her clients on corporate day-to-day operational and business issues. Recognizing that health care is among the most data-dependent industries, Joan also counsels organizations on issues involving proprietary and creative assets and data-sharing, including intellectual property protection and technology and software licensing.

Health Care Administrative Disputes
One of Joan’s primary goals is to help clients identify and avoid potential disputes. When an agency investigation does arise, she is a keen advocate for her clients, working with them to conduct internal audits, respond to inquiries, persuasively present their cases before administrative boards and panels, and negotiate and implement appropriate resolutions.

Among other matters, she has successfully represented clients in qui tam (whistleblower) false claims actions, appeals before Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and state licensing and credentialing authorities, conflict of interest cases, and audits and investigations by the Medicaid and Medicare, Office of Inspector General, HHS and Department of Justice. When civil or criminal litigation arises, she works closely with the firm’s trial and appellate teams to develop effective strategies for plaintiffs and defendants, and routinely drafts briefs that present clear, compelling arguments on the most complex of subjects.

In addition to her client work, Joan is a recognized thought leader on health law issues. She speaks and writes frequently on numerous subjects of interest to health care providers, including compliance, medical ethics, regulatory and reimbursement matters, and health care fraud.


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Health Care Law (2015–2020)
  • Super Lawyers®, Connecticut Super Lawyer®, Health Care (2013–2019)
  • Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England (2015­–2016)
  • Super Lawyers®, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Connecticut (2015–2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, (2011–2012)
  • Chambers USA, Healthcare (2011–2020)

Yale New Haven Health's Acquisition of Milford Hospital

Represented Yale New Haven Health and Bridgeport Hospital in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Milford Hospital, including obtaining a certificate of need and obtaining other regulatory approvals relating to Milford Hospital’s change of ownership. The negotiations extended over a two year period during which time a Chief Restructuring Officer was engaged by Milford Hospital to stabilize the financially struggling hospital. The Milford Hospital campus will become part of Bridgeport Hospital and continue as a community hospital with special focus on offering gerontologic services.

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.


December 7, 2020  HHS Amends PREP Act COVID-19 Declaration for the Fourth Time
November 24, 2020  CMS Final Stark Rule Creates New Exceptions, Modifies Existing Fundamentals
October 14, 2020  Hospital Price Transparency Requirements for 2021
August 17, 2020  Connecticut's Department of Public Health Allows Virtual Learning for Practical Nursing Programs
August 7, 2020  Connecticut Expands Telehealth Services
July 22, 2020  HHS Bulletin Offers Guidance and Updates on COVID-19 Outcome Disparities
July 15, 2020  IRS Further Postpones Deadline for Tax-Exempt Hospitals to Satisfy CHNA Requirements
July 9, 2020  SCOTUS Upholds Employer Exemptions from Contraceptive Coverage
June 30, 2020  U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Law that Imposed Restrictions on Abortion Providers
June 24, 2020  Does Your Workforce's Use of Cloth Face Masks Satisfy OSHA Rules and Guidance?
June 9, 2020  New Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing From HHS
June 9, 2020  Governor Lamont Orders Nursing Homes, Managed Residential Communities, and Assisted Living Services Agencies to Test Staff for COVID-19
June 9, 2020  Governor Lamont Suspends Involuntary Discharge of Nursing Home and Residential Care Home Residents to Homeless Shelters
June 8, 2020  CT DPH Issues Order Allowing for Flexibility of Certification Requirements for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel in Residential Care Homes
June 1, 2020  HHS OIG Issues Fraud Oversight Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
May 29, 2020  Governor Lamont Issues Order Creating Temporary Nurse Aide Position
May 29, 2020  CT DPH Issues Order Modifying Administrative Procedures and Deadlines
May 27, 2020  CT Department of Health Issues Order Modifying Requirements for Behavioral Health Facilities and Nursing Homes
May 19, 2020  CT DPH Issues Orders Suspending Licensure Requirements for Certain Providers
May 18, 2020  OCR Bulletin Reminds Health Care Entities of Rights of Individuals With Limited English Proficiency During COVID-19 Pandemic
May 15, 2020  Connecticut DPH Acting Commissioner Gifford Reinstates Requirement that a Licensed Provider Order COVID-19 Test
May 13, 2020  Connecticut DPH Modifies Visitor Restrictions at Nursing Homes, Residential Care Homes, and Chronic Disease Hospitals
May 12, 2020  CMS Announces Additional Blanket Waivers during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
May 11, 2020  Governor Lamont Suspends Regulations to Expand COVID-19 Testing
May 7, 2020  OIG Recommends Recovery of Medicare Overpayments Made in Violation of 72 Hour Rule
May 6, 2020  OCR Reminds Healthcare Providers about Media Access Restrictions
May 2, 2020  OCR Reminds Organizations of Available Cyber Threat Resources
April 24, 2020  COVID-19: Governor Issues Two New Executive Orders Impacting Health Care Providers
April 23, 2020  COVID-19: Additional Allocations of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
April 22, 2020  COVID-19 Clinical Trial Data Qualifies for CMS Quality Payment Program
April 22, 2020  FDA Issues EUA for Limited Use Face Masks
April 21, 2020  HHS Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding PREP Act Tort Liability Immunity During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 18, 2020  OCR Resolves Civil Rights Complaints Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
April 10, 2020  COVID-19: CMS Guidelines to Protect Patients and Health Care Workers in Outpatient Settings
April 10, 2020  COVID-19: Funding for Manufacturers Producing Critical Medical Equipment and Supplies
April 10, 2020  Joint US/UK Guidance on Identifying and Preventing COVID-19 Related Cyber Attacks
April 9, 2020  COVID-19: CMS Guidelines to Protect Patients and Health Care Workers in Hospitals
April 9, 2020  COVID-19: Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7V for Health Care Providers
April 7, 2020  Protections from Civil Liability for Healthcare Providers and Financial Protections for Patients
April 4, 2020  FCC Announces Program for Health Care Providers to Receive Up to $1 Million to Cover Telehealth Costs
April 2, 2020  CARES Act: Summary of Provisions for Health Care Providers
April 1, 2020  New Waivers and Rules to Allow Hospitals to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis
March 29, 2020  COVID-19: CMS Advances Payments to Providers and Suppliers
March 29, 2020  COVID-19: USDOL Clarifies Exemptions to Paid Leave Provisions Under FFCRA for Healthcare Providers, Emergency Responders and Small Businesses
March 27, 2020  COVID-19 Update: N95 Masks and PPE: Guidelines for Use And Importation
March 26, 2020  COVID-19: CMS Provides Quality Reporting Program Relief
March 25, 2020  CMS FAQs and Guidance for COVID-19 Response
March 23, 2020  COVID-19: CMS Issues Telemedicine Toolkit
March 20, 2020  Governor Expands Access to Telehealth Services Executive Order No. (7G)
March 20, 2020  DEA's Expansion of Prescribing Controlled Substances Via Telemedicine
March 19, 2020 - Updated March 20, 2020  COVID-19: OCR HIPAA Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth
March 18, 2020  Medicaid Telehealth Expansion and Guidance
March 17, 2020  OCR Bulletin, Civil Rights and COVID-19
March 17, 2020  Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Benefits and Co-Pay Waivers During the COVID-19 Outbreak
March 17, 2020  COVID-19: New HHS Waivers
March 16, 2020  Determining Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel Exposed to COVID-19: CDC Recommendations
March 15, 2020  COVID-19: New CMS Waivers
March 15, 2020  Governor Lamont Issues Two Executive Orders In Response to Ongoing COVID-19 Developments in Connecticut
March 14, 2020  COVID-19: Privacy Considerations for Health Care Providers
March 13, 2020  Major Insurers Waive Coronavirus Testing Costs, Unpacked
March 11, 2020  Guide for an Organizational Response to Coronavirus
March 9, 2020  CT Guide for an Organizational Response to Coronavirus
September/October 2019  Fair Market Value: It Is Not As Easy As You May Think
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

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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

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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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