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Joy M. Hord


Joy Hord focuses her practice on regulatory and compliance matters specifically related to the health care industry. Her clients include hospitals, physicians, pharmacies and other health care providers. 

Ms. Hord also has significant experience representing health care professionals and organizations with business law and transactional issues, such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Ms. Hord leads Parker Poe’s Health Care Industry Team, which includes attorneys from the firm’s North Carolina and South Carolina offices.

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Featured Experience

  • Advise clients on compliance with the federal anti-kickback statute and state law prohibitions on payment of remuneration in return for referrals of health care business
  • Advise clients on creation and participation in Accountable Care Organizations and analysis of participation in other programs focusing on coordination of care
  • Drafting and negotiating clinical trial agreements and providing counsel on informed consent and HIPAA-compliant authorizations for clinical trial, record retention policies for clinical trial records, and permissible disclosure of information for research purposes
  • Development and implementation of compliance plans and training to ensure on-going compliance with federal and state requirements and reporting requirements under Corporate Integrity Agreements
  • Provide counsel on compliance with federal and state laws regarding conducting internal investigations of suspected violations of noncompliance and assisting with the self-reporting of noncompliance
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts between health care providers, as well as contracts with vendors and other third parties, including designing and negotiating appropriate compensation arrangements with physicians in connection with employment, recruitment, medical directorships and other arrangements
  • Advising clients on compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and other health care legislation
  • Counseling and consulting clients on matters involving privacy, security, and electronic data exchange from the viewpoints of health plans, health care providers and related businesses
  • Advise physician groups, hospital systems and other health care providers on the rules and regulations concerning medical records ranging from third-party access and the transfer of records to the appropriate retention and disposal requirements
  • Provide legal counsel on transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic initiatives with health care providers and third parties
  • Provision of regulatory and transactional counsel to pharmacies (including chain pharmacies and long-term pharmacies) regarding DEA and other regulatory matters, licensing, contracts, sales and acquisitions
  • Counsel clients on compliance with federal and state laws regarding the privacy and security of health information and financial information, including conducting training for client workforce members, conducting privacy and security risk assessments, and assisting in  the preparation of responses to alleged privacy and security breaches
  • Assist clients with Medicare and Medicaid compliance activities, including design and assistance with internal investigations of potential noncompliance, responding to government inquiries, assisting with governmental investigations, and providing advice in connection with voluntary self-disclosures
  • Advise clients on complying with the federal law prohibiting physician self-referrals, including structuring transactions to fit within the Stark Law exception for “in-office ancillary services,” the exception for leasing arrangements and rules regarding physician compensation designs
  • Representation of health care providers in all aspects of their relationships with third-party payors, including contract negotiation, compliance with applicable policies, compliance with laws applicable to relationships between providers and private payors, audits and dispute resolution

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Health Care Law, 2007-2017
  • Charlotte The Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Health Care Law, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Health Care Law, 2009
  • Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Health Care; HIPAA; Acquisitions & Joint Ventures; Business Law 


  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Board of Trustees, 2005-2012
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Co-chair, 2006 Man and Woman of the Year Campaign, Western North Carolina Chapter; Board of Trustees, Western North Carolina Chapter, 2001-2007
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys, Member