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Joseph N. Wolfe

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
111 East Kilbourn Avenue
Suite 1300
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 721-0482
Fax: (414) 721-0491
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Mr. Wolfe assists hospitals and health care providers with planning and implementing compliance-focused physician alignment and compensation strategies.  He is experienced in structuring, negotiating and auditing many types of hospital-physician arrangements and transactions (e.g., physician practice acquisitions, affiliations and joint-ventures, physician employment, personal service and recruitment arrangements, etc.). His practice includes assisting clients with the development of individual physician compensation arrangements and system-wide compensation plans, incorporation of quality-based payment models and the implementation of governance processes for approval and documentation of commercial reasonableness and fair market value.  He also regularly advises clients on fraud and abuse issues, including compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the False Claims Act and their implementing regulations and agency guidance.  Before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin, he served as a combat engineer in the United States Army. 

Preparatory Education

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A.

Legal Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Bar

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Vice Chair – Fair Market Value Affinity Group)
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Wisconsin Medical Group Management Association


  • National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Advanced Health Care Valuation and Consulting Symposium, Advanced FMV Compensation Issues under the Stark Group Practice Definition, December 2014.
  • American Medical Group Association, Physician Compensation Workshop - Fair Market Value and Compensation Plan Design, November 2014.

  • Moderator, American Health Lawyers Association, Rules, Tools and Fools - "Hot Buttons" in Physician Compensation Planning Series, Part I: Can We Pay for This? Physician Acquisitions, Integrations and the Pandora's Box of Post-Acquisition Compensation for Physicians in Group Practices, Webinar, October 2014.
  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2014 Fraud and Compliance Institute, Fundamentals of Healthcare Valuation for Health Lawyers and Compliance Officers, October 2014.
  • AMGA Physician Compensation Boot Camp, Physician Contracting and the Stark Law: Trends in Compensation-Focused Compliance, September 2014.
  • Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, Rural Hospital Finance Workshop, Physician Compensation and Alignment: Strategies for Rural Markets, August 2014.
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Should My Client Rely on This? Strategies for Reviewing Health Care Valuation Opinions, Podcast, August 2014.
  • Moderator, American Health Lawyers Association, Fair Market Value in Health Care Transactions: Advanced (and Thorny) Issues, Part III: Commercial Reasonableness in Contrast with Fair Market Value: What's the Difference and Who Makes the Call?, Webinar, March 2014.
  • Stark Compliance Audits in Hospital-Physician Arrangements: Mitigating Provider Liability, Implementing Monitoring Processes to Avoid Penalties, Denial of Payment and CMS Program Exclusion, Strafford Webinar, January 2014.
  • Wisconsin Medical Group Management Association, Physician Contracting and the Stark Law - Navigating the Perfect Storm, Webinar, August 2013.
  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2013 Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute, Fair Market Value and Commercial Reasonableness - The Year in Review and a Look Ahead, February 2013.


Physician Bonus Structure Held to Violate the Stark Law


Missouri Health System Reaches $9.3 Million Settlement with DOJ






Now in Effect: The Joint Commission 2010 National Patient Safety Goals and Universal Protocol


Recent Presentations

Speaking Engagement

Physician Compensation Workshop

November 20, 2014

Fair Market Value (FMV) and Compensation Plan Design: This full-day workshop is intended for physician practice leaders as well as finance and human resources analysts, managers and executives accountable for provider compensation. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Physician compensation and productivity analysis
  • Physician benefit plan benchmarking
  • Total compensation analysis
  • Trends in compensation plan design, including value-based incentives and population health models
  • Regulatory compliance and FMV

Speaker(s): Joseph N. Wolfe

Organizer: American Medical Group Association

Venue: The Cornell Club, NY  Get A Map