Biography

JOSHUA J. FREEMIRE is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Baltimore office of Epstein Becker Green. His practice is primarily focused on counseling health care providers on fraud and abuse, health care information technology ("HIT"), and privacy law issues.

Mr. Freemire:

  • Advises physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, and other health care providers on regulatory compliance, licensing, and reimbursement issues
  • Works closely with clients to develop and implement compliance programs and manage compliance issues, including self-disclosure under both the OIG and CMS protocols
  • Helps clients assess and respond to data breaches under HIPAA and under state consumer protection laws and to respond to subsequent investigations by regulators
  • Works with clients to resolve questions relating to implementation and documentation requirements of federal and state HIT incentive programs, addressing HIT privacy and security compliance and data breaches at provider entities as small as single physician practices and as large as Fortune 50 organizations
  • Counsels health care clients regarding regulatory compliance issues relating to business entity formation and structure and the regulatory issues presented by the formation of new practices and entities or acquisitions or mergers with existing providers; such issues include state and federal health care licensing and regulation; state and federal patient privacy laws; electronic health record ("EHR") security and the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology; federal and state tax-exemption; reimbursement; and fraud and abuse arising under the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law

Mr. Freemire is the author of numerous articles on health care law and frequently participates in seminars and webinars conducted by professional associations and other provider organizations. He has been named to the Maryland Rising Stars list (2010, 2012 to 2014) in the Health Care category. Additionally, Mr. Freemire has received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence.

At law school, Mr. Freemire was a member of The Business Lawyer (the precursor of the school's Journal of Business & Technology Law) and served as the Chairman of the 2005 Meyerowitz Moot Court Competition. He also was an intern to the Honorable Richard D. Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Representative Matters

  • Defended a national laboratory provider in response to multiple government subpoenas and investigations involving alleged Medicaid fraud
  • Represented a regional health information system with regard to formation, compliance, tax-exempt status, and corporate matters
  • Represented a nationally known hospital chain in a series of reimbursement disputes worth multiple millions of dollars
  • Provided regulatory compliance counsel in connection with the acquisition of a national laboratory company
  • Provided regulatory compliance counsel in regard to a national pharmacy chain's acquisition
  • Drafted briefs before the Maryland Court of Appeals in connection with a provider's challenge to a state administrative agency's characterization of certain expenses
  • Advised a national pharmacy provider with regard to compliance aspects of a "Red Flag" identity theft protection plan implementation
  • Defended a national laboratory provider in a qui tam lawsuit
  • Provided analysis and advice to the Maryland Health Care Commission regarding state and federal laws applying to EHR records
  • Provided regulatory compliance counsel regarding a national provider organization's contemplated implementation of an EHR system

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 2005)
    • cum laude
  • Trinity College (B.A., 2001)
    • cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • Maryland Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Maryland Bar Association, Health Law Committee