Joyce A. Cowan has more than 30 years’ experience counseling healthcare organizations on transactions, regulatory, compliance, and public policy matters. Her clients include managed care plans and other health insurers, medical device manufacturers, investors, behavioral health and substance abuse providers, clinical laboratories, healthcare providers including hospitals, ASCs, physicians and other providers, and other businesses in the healthcare and life science sectors. Joyce advises clients on healthcare financing, delivery, Medicare, Medicaid, fraud and abuse; she also represents private equity firms, other investors, and emerging businesses in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity transactions.
Joyce helps clients navigate healthcare’s complex and evolving legislative and regulatory landscape—including the challenges and opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act). She frequently represents them before the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other federal healthcare regulatory agencies. As an active member of the firm’s Crisis Management Practice, Joyce provides guidance for healthcare clients in an evolving environment.
She counsels clients on regulatory compliance and enforcement actions, and assists in the development of internal policies that address, for example, compliance with complex fraud and abuse laws.
In the life sciences sector, Joyce’s experience includes counseling on issues relating to genetic testing, and Laboratory Developed Tests, innovative products or services in the telehealth / digital health arena.
Joyce also has experience organizing advocacy groups and coalitions to influence federal healthcare policy. She helps clients develop legislative initiatives, and represents them before the US Congress. A member of the ABA’s health law section, and the American Health Lawyers Association, she speaks frequently on federal healthcare policy compliance, and related topics.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Joyce was a partner at another international law firm, where she focused on the healthcare industry.
The George Washington University Law School, 1986, J.D., with honors
University of Washington, 1983, B.A., cum laude
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Industry focus: Healthcare: service providers, The Legal 500 US (2017–2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Healthcare: health insurers, The Legal 500 US (2017, 2018)
Recipient of the 2012 Julie Noel Gilbert Award for Pro Bono Excellence
Vice Chair, 826DC Board of Directors
Member, Health Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Named, Modern Healthcare ’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2018)
Member, Life Sciences Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2017, 2018)