Jensen, Sandra M.

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Sandra M. Jensen


677 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
P: 518-242-7582

111 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
P: 516-393-2200


Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law
E-Health & Telemedicine
Health Care
Health Care Information and Technology
HIPAA Compliance

University of Akron School of Law
(J.D., 1997)
Member of Akron Law Review
State University of New York at Albany
(B.A., 1994)

New York

American Health Lawyers Association

Sandra M. Jensen is a Partner at Garfunkel Wild, P.C., which she joined in 2015.  Ms. Jensen is a member of the firm’s Health Care; Health Care Information and Technology; HIPAA Compliance; and Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law practice groups.  Ms. Jensen’s clients include federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), health systems, hospitals and physicians.  Ms. Jensen regularly counsels FQHCs and look-alikes on regulatory issues including issues relating to compliance with HRSA and FTCA requirements.

Prior to joining Garfunkel Wild, P.C., Ms. Jensen was an attorney within the Bureau of House Counsel, Division of Legal Affairs at the New York State Department of Health for nearly fourteen years, and served as Acting Director of the Bureau.  The Bureau of House Counsel provides advice and assistance to almost all programs within the New York State Department of Health, including in relation to the Compassionate Care Act (Medical Marijuana Program), the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), clinical and environmental laboratories, blood and tissue banks, HIPAA, patient rights, Public Health Law Article 28 licensure and surveillance, Early Intervention, and emergency medical services.

While at the New York State Department of Health, Ms. Jensen provided legal counsel on issues related to the Early Intervention Program, a program that provides therapeutic and support services to children with developmental delays or disabilities.  Ms. Jensen also provided legal counsel on the implementation of the Compassionate Care Act (Medical Marijuana Program), Executive Order #38 and limits on executive compensation, licensure of hospitals, nursing homes and clinics, and matters relating to clinical laboratories. 

Ms. Jensen received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1994, and her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 1997, where she was a member of the Akron Law Review.

Speeches and Events

  • Overview  of  Advanced  Home  Health  Aide  Law  in New  York,  July  25,  2018 
  • Overview  of  Compliance  Programs:  Elements  and Enforcement, June 21, 2018
  • Discussion  of  the  legal  status  of  marijuana,  the Compassionate  Care  Act  (Medical  Marijuana Program) in New York State, and requirements of the  Act.,  Presenter,  The  Legal  Executive  Institute blog’s  Medical  Marijuana  Podcast,  Thomson Reuters, Legal Executive Institute, June 14, 2018
  • FTCA Deeming: What do I need to do in order to submit the Application, April 30, 2018
  • New York’s  Medical Marijuana Program: What all healthcare providers should know!, June 20, 2017
  • NYS  Bar  Association,  Health  Law  Meeting, Presentation  "New  York's  Medical  Marijuana Program:  What  all  healthcare  attorneys  should know"; October 27, 2017
  • FTCA Compliance Issues for FQHCs, December 12, 2017
  • CMS  Long  Term  Care  Requirements  Seminar, November 14, 2016


  • Co-authored chapter entitled "Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)" in the Legal Manual of New York Physicians (Sixth Edition)
  • "The Basics of New York’s Medical Marijuana Law", Thomson Reuters’ Aspatore Special Report A Non-Smoking State (July, 2016)