Joan serves as a legal and business counselor to a variety of health care clients, including institutional health care providers and physician practices, global consulting companies and software vendors.
As former in-house counsel to some of Chicago's most prominent hospitals, Joan knows how to work collaboratively with a large multi-disciplinary team to close a transaction or scale a regulatory hurdle. Clients have described her as a highly responsive, hands-on problem solver and creative thinker who doesn't hesitate to offer clear recommendations to resolve tough legal issues.
In her commercial transaction work, Joan serves as an integral member of her client's business team and drafts and negotiates complex high-value agreements. Her approach to closing sales and purchase agreements for software, outsourcing, and electronic health information systems is to emphasize efficiency and keep strategic business goals in focus.
Joan advises health care clients on professional licensure and reimbursement questions, including doctors, mid-level practitioners and tele-medicine practitioners. For every client, Joan focuses on finding compliant, practical solutions that allow clinicians to maximize their practice scope and achieve business goals.
During her career as in-house counsel for two major hospital systems, Joan managed self-insurance portfolios and monitored all related professional licensing issues. She also designed and implemented large-scale data privacy programs and developed a special focus on tele-medicine and mobile applications in medicine, including distance-delivery technology. Joan handled all major transactions for her corporate clients while in house, and, for her two hospital clients, provided consistent regulatory compliance guidance, particularly with regard to reimbursement.