Jonathan M. Joseph


Jonathan M. Joseph is a partner in Christian & Barton’s Health Care and Business Law practice groups. As a health lawyer, Mr. Joseph focuses his practice on health care transactions, managed care, and HIPAA compliance and investigations. He is an experienced health care industry attorney who assists clients with drafting physician contracts and reviewing of physician employment agreements. Mr. Joseph also advises clients on private equity (PE) transactions; medical staff issues; digital health care matters including telehealth, electronic health record and data breach issues; Virginia Board of Medicine investigations and hearings and orders; Medicare and Virginia Medicaid (DMAS) Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) provider contracting and audit and appeal issues; and Virginia Department of Health Certificate of Need, in Virginia known as Certificate of Public Need (COPN), matters.

Mr. Joseph is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, leads the firm's Health Care practice group and is a member, and former chair, of the Virginia Bar Association Health Law Section Council.  In addition, he is a former adjunct professor of health law for the Master of Health Administration program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Health Care
Business Organizations and Corporations

• Virginia
• Pennsylvania
• District of Columbia

Representative Health Law Matters
• Advised on innovative provider contracts for use in managed care contracting, including value-based care agreements.
• Advised telehealth provider on legal issues related to a telehealth platform allowing physicians to provide specialty consults to hospitals nationwide.
• For several years, served as interim in-house counsel for large integrated health care organizations.
• Handled sales of health care facilities, including nursing homes and senior living providers.
• Represented facilities in PRRB appeals.
• Advised client on terms of vendor software agreements where arrangements are software as a service (SaaS) and records are maintained through cloud storage.
• Advised on purchase of a medical practice by private equity investor.
• Consulted with telemedicine providers on DEA, Board of Medicine and Board of Pharmacy matters.
• Handled the purchase of a home health agency.
• Advised on a data breach of health records system and subsequent governmental investigation.
• Assisted remote monitoring company with operations and sale of business.
• Assisted an ambulatory surgery center with a Certificate of Need application.
• Worked on virtual health contract with health system for synchronous and asynchronous services.
• Advised a physician group concerning a merger with another group.
• Counseled a physician on medical staff privilege matters.
• Advised on a management agreement for an assisted living facility.
• Assisted a nursing facility in Medicare Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) appeal.
• Advised provider on Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audit.
• Assisted medical school with establishing a clinic.
• Serves as counsel to several public health care authorities.

Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Case and Note Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine

Middlebury College, A.B, Political Science
Cum Laude


Virginia Bar Association
• Health Law Section, Council Member and Former Chair

American Bar Association
• Health Law Section

American Health Lawyers Association Arbitrator
• Certified Neutral for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Health Care Matters


• Mr. Joseph is a board member of a Virginia nonprofit hospice agency, and the past board chair of a nonprofit home health agency that operated in the Hampton Roads and Central Virginia areas, and of a Virginia nonprofit senior living organization. In addition, he organized and serves as legal coordinator for the Virginia Bar Association initiative for pro bono services to the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

• AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

The Best Lawyers in America©  
• Health Care, 2012-2024

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Health Care, 2010-2023

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Health Law, 2005-2011, 2013, 2015-2023

• Information Blocking and Behavioral Health Providers, 2024
• Foreward author and Virginia chapter editor, Health Information Privacy & Breach A 50 State Survey (Carol L. Eoannou ed., AHLA, 2022)
• Preparing Your Business for Compliance with Virginia’s New Consumer Data Protection Act, 2021
• Key Provisions of the CARES Act Impact Health Care Providers, 2020
• Families First Coronavirus Response Act and What Employers Need to Know, 2020

• Moderator, “Patient Data in the Cloud: Risks and Responsibilities in Health Care,” Virginia Bar Association’s 133rd Summer Meeting, 2023
• Co-presenter, “Taken by Surprise: Real World Plan and Provider Perspectives on the No Surprises Act,” ABA Managed Care Institute, 2022
• "What CSBs Need to Know About the No Surprises Act and Virginia's Balance Billing Law," Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, 2022
• "21st Century Cures Act: Information Blocking and Provider Responsibilities," 2021
• "Navigating the Virtual Behavioral Telehealth Delivery Maze," Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Public Policy Conference, 2020
• "42 CFR Part 2, Confidentiality in SUD Programs: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Patients," Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Public Policy Conference, 2020
• “DMAS Electronic Visit Verification Framework,” Virginia Association of Personal Care Providers Annual Education Conference, 2019
• “Medical Marijuana in Virginia—New Territory for Providers and Employers,” Virginia Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Conference, 2019