Silverman, Debra A.

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Debra A. Silverman


111 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
P: 516-393-2225

Health Care (Chair)
HIPAA Compliance
Insurance Regulatory

University of California, Hastings College of Law
(J.D., cum laude, 1985)
Princeton University
(A.B., cum laude, 1982)

New York

New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division

Best Lawyers in America® – Health Care Law; Insurance Law (2016-2022)
Super Lawyers – New York Metro
Long Island Business News - Outstanding Women in Law (April 2017)
Long Island Business News - Who's Who in Women in Professional Services (October 2011)
Long Island Business News - Ones to Watch - Law (July 2008)
Long Island Business News - Ones to Watch (September 2007)

New York State Bar Association;
American Bar Association (Health Law Section)
American Health Lawyers Association

Debra A. Silverman is the Chair of Garfunkel Wild’s Health Care Practice Group. She represents hospital systems, teaching and community hospitals, faculty practice plans and physician group practices, with an emphasis on managed care contracting, health care delivery networks, accountable care organizations, clinical integration, physician arrangements, antitrust and regulatory matters.

Along with administering the firm’s managed care group, she handles direct negotiations with major managed care organizations (including Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, CIGNA, United Healthcare and EmblemHealth as well as Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans) for fee-for-service, accountable care and full-risk arrangements. A frequent lecturer for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Ms. Silverman was also a contributing author of the New York Health Law Update.  Ms. Silverman has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2016, and has been named a "Super Lawyer" each year since 2014.  She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her JD degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Speeches and Events

  • “Keys To Successful Payer Contracting,” 8th Annual ASC & Healthcare Management Complimentary Virtual Symposium (October 28, 2021)
  • “Getting Paid: Skills for Negotiating Managed Care Contracts,” Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo (October 24, 2021)
  • “Optimizing Payor Contracts: How to Proactively Address Future Obstacles,” Healthcare Financial Management Association (April 14, 2021)
  • “How Providers Collect Revenue During Covid And Beyond,” 7th Annual ASC & Healthcare Management Complimentary Virtual Symposium (November 18, 2020)
  • “A Comprehensive Overview of Medicare Advantage,” LeadingAge New York Financial Professionals Virtual Annual Conference (September 9, 2020)
  • “COVID-19 Billing for Telemedicine Services and Q&A Session,” Garfunkel Wild Webinar (March 25, 2020)
  • “Implementing and Expanding Telehealth to Address COVID-19,” Garfunkel Wild Webinar (March 19, 2020)
  • “IPAs & Managed Care – What Nursing Homes Need to Know for 2020,” Garfunkel Wild Webinar (January 29, 2020)
  • “Surprise Billing Laws: How to Protect Your Organization and Your Patients,” LeadingAge New York Financial Professionals Annual Conference (September 11, 2019)
  • “Managed Long Term Care Value Based Payment Contracting,” LeadingAge Community Health Care Services Foundation, Inc. (CHC) Webinar (September 10, 2019)
  • “Long-Term/Post-Acute Care Collaborations with Hospitals, Physicians and Managed Care Plans,” Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) 18th Annual Healthcare Conference (May 22, 2019)
  • “Value-Based Payment Models in Action,” LeadingAge New York Annual Conference & Exposition (May 21, 2019)
  • “Understanding Value Based Payments,” New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Webinar (February 27, 2019)
  • "Fighting Commercial Third Party Payor Audits: Lessons Learned from Experience,” Nassau County Bar Association Hospital and Health Law Committee (January 4, 2018)
  • “2016 Not-for-Profit Educational Workshop: The Impact of Value Based Payment Reform on Providers; Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alignments – What You Need to Know,” Garfunkel Wild, P.C. and Baker Tilly (October 18, 2016)
  • “New York's Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law - It's in effect and it's being enforced,” Healthcare Financial Management Association’s 2016 Annual Institute (June 26, 2016)
  • “The Merged Healthcare Continuum - Is Bigger Better?” (April 7, 2016)
  • “Healthcare Integration in Connecticut: Where Will It Lead?” Healthcare Financial Management Association Connecticut Chapter (December 15, 2015)
  • “The New MSSP Final Rule: What’s Next for the Future of ACOs,” AHLA Webinar (July 13, 2015)
  • “Managed Care Contracting Obligations and Value Based Purchasing,” Healthcare Financial Management Association, Connecticut Chapter, (November 18, 2014)
  • “Managed Care and ASCs,” New York Metro ASC Symposium (September 12, 2014)
  • “The ABC’s of ACO’s,” Fairfield County Medical Association (September 4, 2014)
  • “Managed Care Boot Camp for Hospitals - The “New” Managed Care Environment,” New Jersey Hospital Association (March 26, 2014)
  • “The New Health Care – What’s In It for Us? Better Care Opportunities through Connecting, Cooperating and Collaborating,” Long Island Business News Health Care power breakfast series, (March 20, 2014)
  • “The Nuts & Bolts of Medicaid Managed Long Term Care,” Featured speaker at seminar hosted by the Nassau Academy of Law/Nassau County Bar Association, (January 30, 2014)
  • “Hot Topics in Medicaid Plan-Provider Managed Care Contracting,” American Health Lawyers Association Webinar (November 7, 2013)
  • “Managed Care and the Post-Acute Provider ACO’s, FIDA’s, MLTC and Medicaid only Managed Care,” Southern New York Association Seminar (June 18, 2013)


  • Co-author, AHLA Health Plans Contracting Handbook: A Guide for Payers and Providers (8th Edition), American Health Lawyers Association, March 2021
  • "Accountable Care Organizations: Before You Jump In...," Journal of the American College of Radiology (Volume 8, Number 9) September 2011