Joan Polacheck - McDermott Will & Emery


Joan Polacheck advises clients on health care compliance and regulatory issues, including fraud and abuse, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Law and Medicare reimbursement issues. She represents a broad range of health care industry clients, including hospitals, physician groups, DME suppliers, IDTFs and drug and device companies.

Joan provides day-to-day counseling on fraud and abuse and other regulatory issues, advises on the regulatory aspects of health care transactions, and assists health care providers and drug and device companies to establish and implement compliance policies. She also assists clients in governmental investigations and defense of Stark and kickback-based qui tam actions. In addition to fraud and abuse and other regulatory matters, Joan has extensive experience in managed-care contracting on behalf of health care providers, as well as in advising clients with respect to self-insurance and captive insurance issues.


  • Prepared and resolved multiple self-disclosures under to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Self-Disclosure Protocol
  • Advised multiple clients on Medicare outpatient hospital supervision rules, including radiation oncology supervision requirements
  • Led due diligence on the regulatory aspects of health care transactions, and advised on transaction structure in light of regulatory issues


  • Chambers USA 2019 to 2022
  • Legal 500 US 2016, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2012 to 2021, Health Care Law

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  • American Health Lawyers Association


Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1980
Yale University, BA, summa cum laude, 1977