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Jonathan Vipond, III

Jonathan Vipond, III

Of Counsel

Harrisburg, PA

How Jonathan Helps Clients 

Jonathan offers practical and experienced guidance as to Pennsylvania and federal regulatory and reimbursement law to health care providers.

He has long and considerable experience in the workings of government-regulated health care private and public providers and deep knowledge of the organic law and regulations that define the present marketplace. He has long-standing relationships with key regulators and leaders and has an active fluency with the practices and policies of the Departments of Health, Insurance, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Aging and Human Services. 

An attorney still has the ability to do good for his clients. Practical fairness and due process are possible in our current legal system.

His clients reflect a broad array of providers, payers and their associations, including:

  • National and regional behavioral health managed care organizations.
  • Behavioral health hospitals, health systems and outpatient providers.
  • County behavioral health programs and human services agencies.
  • Individual and groups of doctors and other licensed professionals before the professional licensing boards.
  • Home health and home care agencies.
  • Retail and contracted pharmacists and pharmacies.
  • Community health centers as federally qualified health centers and Section 340B covered entities.
  • Children's service providers and their statewide service providers associations.

What Clients Can Expect

Jonathan approach is one of full and realistic mutual examination of the issues, candid communication and timely problem solving.He is scrupulously honest and forthright and always civil to friend and foe. He focuses on relationships and on resolving differences through negotiation and advocacy in, if necessary, administrative tribunals and in the courts.

Outside the Office

Jonathan and his husband have been together 35 years and married for 14 They have two active dogs and a busy cat. They like to travel widely and have been to all seven continents in recent years.

Proof Points

  • He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives when he was 27.
  • He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as his deputy assistant for public liaison at the White House in the 1980s.
  • He was appointed by Governor Dick Thornburgh to serve as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services) in 1979.
  • He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as counsel to the court administrator of Pennsylvania in the late 1970s.
  • He was a senior health care shareholder until 2017 when he became of counsel in Buchanan's Harrisburg office. He was elected as a past member of the firm's Board of Directors and served as a former co-managing shareholder of the firm's Harrisburg offices as well as Vice-Chair of the Health Care Section. He was twice elected to the Firm’s compensation committee and served as its Chair.
  • He has successively been recognized by his legal peers in the healthcare law category of The Best Lawyers in America® list since 2003, and as the Harrisburg "Lawyer of the Year" in Healthcare Law in 2019 and 2012. He was also named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list from 2004 to 2012, representing the top 5 percent of attorneys practicing in Pennsylvania.
  • He has attained recognition by Martindale-Hubbell with the AV Preeminent rating for over 20 years.
  • He was recognized in Central Penn Business Journal's inaugural class of ICON Honors award winners in 2019. The award recognizes business leaders over the age of 60 who have left an indelible mark in their fields, and whose integrity, vision and selfless service have lifted up the Central PA community.
  • He has represented counties, other providers as “covered entities” and related parties in crafting HIPAA compliance plans and is a regular speaker on current regulatory and legislative issues, public and private payer methodologies, behavioral health laws and managed care initiatives including the Pennsylvania HealthChoices Program and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.