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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 provides advice and counsel to some of the nation's largest health systems, hospitals and medical groups on a variety of health care issues.  He regularly counsels clients on a national basis regarding compliance-focused physician compensation and alignment strategies. He is a frequent speaker in webinars and at national conferences on issues related to the physician self-referral statute (Stark Law), hospital-physician transactions, physician compensation governance and health care valuation issues.  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
  • American Medical Group Association



  • Compensation-Focused Compliance: Are You Ready for Shifts in Stark Law Enforcement? - Health Care Compliance Association Webinar; October 15, 2015.
  • Strategies for Developing Compliant Compensation Plans - American Medical Group Association; Houston, TX; September 17, 2015.
  • Implementing Value-Based Physician Compensation Models: Tackling the Regulatory Complexities - Clear Law Institute; July 29, 2015.
  • The $10,000 Question: Tackling the Complexities of Value-Based Physician Compensation - American Health Lawyers Association In-House Counsel Program and Annual Meeting; Washington, D.C.; June 29, 2015
  • Stark Compliance Audits in Hospital-Physician Agreements -  Clear Law Institute Webinar; May 12, 2015.
  • 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; April 9, 2015.
  • Strategies for Structuring Physician Transactions - AMGA Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, NV; March 23, 2015.
  • Compensation Focused Compliance: The Regulatory Perspective - AMGA Physician Compensation Workshop; Los Angeles, CA; March 5, 2015.
  • Physician Compensation Plans and the Stark Law: Strategies for Compliance - American Medical Group Association, Physician Compensation Workshop; Orlando, FL; February 26, 2015.
  • Physician-Hospital Integration in the 21st Century - Moderator, American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association Panel Discussion; Milwaukee, WI; February 20, 2015.
  • Advanced Compensation Issues for Stark Group Practices - National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Health, Healthcare Webinar Week; Webinar; February 12, 2015.
  • Advanced FMV Compensation Issues under the Stark Group Practice Definition - National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Advanced Health Care Valuation and Consulting Symposium; San Diego, CA; December 12, 2014.
  • Fair Market Value and Compensation Plan Design - American Medical Group Association Physician Compensation Workshop; New York, NY; November 20, 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 15, 2014.
  • Fundamentals of Healthcare Valuation for Health Lawyers and Compliance Officers - American Health Lawyers Association 2014 Fraud and Compliance Institute; Balitmore, MD; October 7, 2014.
  • Physician Contracting and the Stark Law: Trends in Compensation-Focused Compliance - AMGA Physician Compensation Boot Camp; Minneapolis, MN; September 10, 2014.
  • Physician Compensation and Alignment: Strategies for Rural Markets - Wisconsin Office of Rural Health Rural Hospital Finance Workshop; Sauk Prairie, WI; August 18, 2014.
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Should My Client Rely on This? Strategies for Reviewing Health Care Valuation Opinions, Podcast, August 4, 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 6, 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 30, 2014.
  • Wisconsin Medical Group Management Association, Physician Contracting and the Stark Law - Navigating the Perfect Storm, Webinar, August 22, 2013.
  • Fair Market Value and Commercial Reasonableness - The Year in Review and a Look Ahead - American Health Lawyers Association 2013 Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute; Phoenix, AZ; February 13, 2013.


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