Biography

Joe Lynch guides health care providers in structuring and closing mergers, acquisitions, and technology transactions that define the future of patient care and shape the sector’s competitive landscape. Joe’s stewardship of cutting-edge health care deals for more than 35 years keeps transactions on accelerated timelines and aligned with clients’ goals and public missions. His strategic approach to health technology agreements tempers providers’ risks when implementing electronic health records and other innovations.

In novel and sophisticated transactions, such as the creation of hospital-physician integration organizations, Joe conceptualizes and structures all the moving components, which include regulatory issues, like antitrust and False Claims Act, and market conditions. His general counsel-like perspectives help providers and investors maximize the benefits of joint ventures, employment and compensation agreements, or new infrastructure. To meet the growing demand for quality, transparency, and information sharing, clients turn to Joe’s efficient legal solutions for overcoming operational and regulatory obstacles.

Compliance with the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute are mainstay concerns for Joe’s nationwide clientele, which include academic medical centers, hospitals, home health care agencies, physician practices—and their investors. Penalties, such as exclusion from Medicare and other federal and state programs, loom large. By clarifying regulatory ambiguities and creating practical compliance solutions, Joe helps clients reduce risks, advance their commercial interests, and set new standards in the provision of health care.

Experience

  • Represented one of the nation’s largest health care group purchasing organizations with respect to advising its more than 2,300 member hospitals on health information technology requirements and issues arising under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This representation focused on assisting hospitals in implementing electronic health record systems and engaging in community-wide electronic clinical messaging to improve the quality and accessibility of health care services in their communities.
  • Represented a cancer center in its acquisition of a proton therapy center. Joe conceptualized and structured the form of the acquisition. He also advised on all health care regulatory aspects of the acquisition, conducted all due diligence for the acquisition, and negotiated the acquisition terms. 
  • Conceptualized, organized, and implemented large clinical integration entities in Texas and Louisiana.
  • Represented numerous academic medical centers, health care systems, and hospitals in connection with physician practice acquisitions and physician employment and independent contractor relationships.
  • Conceptualized and organized one of the largest multispecialty physician practices in the Mid-Atlantic Region and one of the largest single-specialty physician practices in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Counseled a nationwide reference laboratory on compliance with out-of-state licensure requirements for pathologists and reference laboratories in 49 states.
  • Conceptualized and organized Michigan’s first Regional Health Information Organization, and negotiated the entity’s agreement with its health information network exchange vendor.
  • Developed and negotiated various transactions involving the disengagement of integrated physician practices from their affiliated hospitals.
Education
  • University of Virginia (J.D.)
  • Cornell University (B.A.)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Recognition
  • Chambers USA: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, District of Columbia—Healthcare
  • The Legal 500 United States, M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million) (2018), Healthcare: Health Insurers (2017), and Healthcare: Service Providers (2017)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Health Care (2013 to 2020)