Joel Johnson focuses his practice on Certificate of Need (CON) and health facility licensure, Medicaid, managed care entities, and health care operations and compliance, including data privacy and security, HIPAA, and civil rights compliance.

Joel Johnson focuses his practice on Certificate of Need (CON) and health facility licensure, Medicaid, managed care entities, and health care operations and compliance, including data privacy and security, HIPAA, and civil rights compliance.

Joel’s background allows him to provide timely advice to providers navigating business and regulatory hurdles to expand operations either through CON approvals or acquisitions. Joel is positioned to assist a range of providers, including hospitals, long-term care facilities (SNF and AL), physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging providers, and home health and hospice agencies, among others, with CON applications, exemptions and litigation, licensure, change-of-ownership, contractual arrangements, and Medicaid enrollment, and with day-to-day operational issues including the full scope of compliance concerns, both proactively and in response to audits, investigations and the like.   

Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Joel served as an attorney in the General Counsel’s office for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, with primary responsibility for legal issues impacting the Health Care Facility Licensure Division, the Medicaid Division and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Before joining the General Counsel’s office, as part of North Carolina’s Department of Justice, Joel represented the North Carolina Certificate of Need Section in contested CON cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and provided counsel to the Licensure Division of the Department. Joel served as counsel to the CON Section in the nursing home case still regarded as the longest administrative hearing in North Carolina CON history. Joel began his career at the North Carolina Department of Justice, in the Health and Public Assistance Section, advising on Medicaid laws and regulations.

Joel recently completed his term as President of the North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys. Joel is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  

Joel earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science summa cum laude from Harding University.