Jonathan M. Joseph


804.697.4125 (p)
804.697.6125 (f)

Professional Affiliations

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

Local Government Attorneys of Virginia

Community Involvement

• Mr. Joseph is chair of the Board of Governors for a Virginia nonprofit nursing and assisted living facility. He previously served as chair of the board’s Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. Joseph organized and serves as legal coordinator for the Virginia Bar Association initiative for pro bono services to Virginia’s free clinics.

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 also advises clients on medical staff issues; telemedicine and electronic health record and data breach issues; Virginia Board of Medicine matters; Medicare and Virginia Medicaid (DMAS) reimbursement and audit issues; and Virginia Department of Health Certificate of Public Need matters.

Mr. Joseph 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.

Representative Health Law Matters

  • Assisted managed care plan on developing innovative provider contracts.
  • Handled various Virginia Medicaid and Medicare audits and 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 investor on purchase of an interest in a medical practice.
  • Advised telemedicine providers on DEA, Board of Medicine and Board of Pharmacy matters.
  • Assisted in the purchase of a home health agency.
  • Advised on a data breach of health records system and subsequent governmental investigation.
  • Assisted remote monitoring company in contract development.
  • Assisted an ambulatory surgery center with a Certificate of Need application.
  • Represented telehealth companies, including companies involved with mHealth.
  • Advised a physician group concerning a merger with another group.
  • Advised physician on medical peer review 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.
  • Advised a physician whose license was suspended by the Virginia Board of Medicine. 
  • Serves as counsel to several public health care authorities.

Select Publications

  • Key Provisions of the CARES Act Impact Health Care Providers, 2020
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act and What Employers Need to Know, 2020
  • "RAC, ZPIC, WHATSIT? What You Need to Know About Medicare Audits and Appeals," Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living Legal Quarterly, Winter 2016
  • “Data Breach Notification Laws: A Fifty State Survey, Second Edition,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2015

Select Presentations

  • “DMAS Electronic Visit Verification Framework,” Virginia Association of Personal Care Providers Annual Education Conference, 2019
  • “Health Record Laws in Virginia: A Compliance Primer,” Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Annual Conference, 2019
  • “Medical Marijuana in Virginia—New Territory for Providers and Employers,” Virginia Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Conference, 2019
  • “Medicaid Audits and Appeals: New Challenges, New Approaches,” Virginia Association of Personal Care Providers Spring Conferences, 2018
  • “Medicaid Audit Issues and Effectively Handling Appeals,” LeadingAge Virginia’s Adult Day Health Care Council, 2018
  • “Applying Health Care Privacy Laws to Child Welfare,” DSS Counsel and the Courts Conference, 2018
  • “Medicaid Fraud Investigations of Personal Care Providers—What You Need to Know,” Virginia Association of Personal Care Providers Annual Education Conference, 2018
  • “Legal Issues Involved in Buying and Selling A Personal Care Provider Business,” Virginia Association of Personal Care Providers Annual Education Conference, 2017
  • “Online Counseling Hits Prime Time, But Legal Pitfalls Await: The New World of Telemental Health,” American Bar Association’s 18th Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law, 2017
  • “Making Sense of Medicare Audits,” LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference, 2016

Practice Areas

Health Care
Business Organizations and Corporations


Boston University School of Law, J.D.,1987
Case and Note Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine

Middlebury College, A.B, Political Science, 1984
Cum Laude


• Virginia
• Pennsylvania
• District of Columbia


• AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

The Best Lawyers in America©  
• Health Care, 2012-2020

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Health Care, 2010-2020

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Health Law, 2005-2011, 2013, 2015-2019