Amy M. Joseph

Co-Chair, Academic Medical Center/Teaching Hospital Working Group

“Effective advising requires not just knowledge of the applicable law, but also understanding each client’s unique concerns and operational challenges to help craft workable solutions. And that requires truly listening to what they have to say.”

A trusted advisor and respected thought leader on health care issues, Amy Joseph counsels health systems, academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, and other providers on a broad spectrum of regulatory and business matters. 

While Amy’s expansive practice helps providers address countless challenges, a particular focus is regulatory compliance, including physician self-referral, anti-kickback, and other fraud and abuse law matters. Amy spends much of her time working closely with legal and compliance departments in health systems across the country, often advising on establishing innovative programs while navigating complex federal and state regulatory laws, and regularly counseling on protocols and best practices that can reduce the likelihood of government investigations or actions. Amy also regularly assists with internal investigations and assessing and responding to the results of such investigations, including assisting with development of corrective action recommendations and self-disclosures.

Amy does significant work on patient privacy matters, including HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, and state law compliance on behalf of all types of providers. She frequently counsels both providers and health information technology companies in the digital health space, including addressing compliance and reimbursement issues. Amy also leverages her extensive regulatory experience in transactional matters, serving as lead deal counsel or regulatory counsel on mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic affiliations. 

A sought-after speaker and prolific writer on some of the most complex and critical health care law issues, Amy regularly shares her insights in publications and presentations across the country. Amy co-authored the American Health Law Association’s The Stark Law: Comprehensive Analysis and Practical Guide, and has also co-authored chapters in numerous other publications, including the American Bar Association’s Physician Law: Evolving Trends & Hot Topics telemedicine chapter, the Health Care Compliance Association’s False Claims in Healthcare, and a chapter addressing telehealth in the MCLE Massachusetts Health and Hospital Law Manual.

Ranked by clients and peers as a top Massachusetts health care attorney, Chambers USA notes that Amy “is a terrific resource on a range of regulatory issues” and “an expert in the Stark Law.”  Sources say that “she is extremely smart, knowledgeable, thoughtful and responsive.” One client stated, “she is one of the most responsive and diligent attorneys I have worked with.” 

Amy graduated first in her class at UCLA and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Amy served in the U.S. Air Force.

Representative Matters

  • Worked closely with a large hospital system to review and update compliance policies and procedures and contract approval processes, draft new contract templates, and train workforce with respect to physician contracting and compliance with state and federal anti-kickback and self-referral laws.
  • Worked closely with multiple hospital systems on internal investigations regarding potential federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral issues, including relationships between hospital-employed nurse practitioners and independent physicians on the medical staff, provision of items or services to community medical practices, and other potential or existing financial relationships with physicians.
  • Drafted and reviewed medical education affiliation agreements as well as resident and medical student rotation agreements and resident employment agreements on behalf of multiple hospital system residency programs and advised on compliance with federal and state law and accreditation requirements.
  • Advised health systems, physician practices, and digital health companies on the establishment of telehealth programs by health systems, including scope of practice, informed consent, reimbursement, and other regulatory considerations in states of operation.
  • Frequent representation of potential investors in health care enterprises as regulatory counsel.
  • Represented digital health company as regulatory counsel in acquisition of physician practices in multiple states, and otherwise advised on regulatory compliance and operations as part of national expansion.
  • Chambers USA
  • Up and Coming Healthcare Lawyer: Massachusetts, 2022, 2023

  • Lawyers Weekly
  • Massachusetts Go To Healthcare/Life Science Lawyers, 2022

  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts
  • Rising Star, 2019-2021; Super Lawyer, 2022

  • Best Lawyers
  • Health Care Law, 2023, 2024

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter