Joanne M. Judge Serves as Keynote Speaker at Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Health Care Conference

LANCASTER and READING, PA, June 21, 2016 – Stevens & Lee Shareholder Joanne M. Judge was the Keynote Speaker for the eighth consecutive year at the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Health Care Conference. The conference was held June 13-14, 2016, in Gettysburg, PA.

The topic was “Legal Update: What’s Hot in Health Care?” During the session, Ms. Judge discussed what the federal and state governments are focusing on with regards to health care. Audience members also learned how recent court decisions will affect the industry, and how they could account for current legal issues in their business practices. Ms. Judge also covered how accountants can recognize potential legal issues that may affect strategic plans.

Ms. Judge is Co-Chair of Stevens & Lee’s Health Care Department. She is one of the highest profile women in health care with 30 years of health care and financial industry expertise. She focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory matters for health care systems, senior living organizations and physician practices, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations and reorganizations, health care contracting, licensure, antitrust planning and compliance-related issues, along with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues. Ms. Judge represents senior living facilities with more than 4,000 beds or units.

Ms. Judge is a Certified Public Accountant and served as the President of Community Hospital of Lancaster for seven years and previously as its Chief Financial Officer. She is a Fellow in the Health Care Financial Management Association, served as its chairperson in 1992 and was honored with its national lifetime achievement award in 1999. She was also named one of Pennsylvania’s inaugural “Best 50 Women in Business” in 2000 for her significant contributions to job growth in Pennsylvania. Ms. Judge was also named one of 29 “Women of Influence” by Central Penn Business Journal.

Ms. Judge speaks nationally on health care issues, authors articles for numerous industry publications and has taught at Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University. She serves in leadership capacities in a number of community and professional organizations, and has been similarly involved in the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Ms. Judge is the 2009 recipient of the Athena Award from the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry. As published in Philadelphia magazine, Ms. Judge was recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2004 through 2010 by being selected by her peers as among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the Commonwealth.

Ms. Judge received a J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law and a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University.