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Course Description

In recent years, the health care industry has seen unprecedented levels of physician employment. Structuring employment arrangements appropriately and periodically auditing implementation are critical in today’s challenging enforcement climate.

As health care organizations and physicians develop employment arrangements, they must manage their compliance and enterprise risk by ensuring the employment is defensible under the Stark Law. Prior to moving forward with any employment arrangement, the parties should carefully evaluate whether the proposed structure and financial terms support compliance with Stark’s technical requirements and key tenets of defensibility so they will be prepared to mount a defense in the event the arrangement is ever challenged. This webinar will focus on the Stark Laws underlying technical requirements and key tenets of defensibility as they apply to physician employment arrangements.

In this session Mr. Wolfe will provide an overview of the Stark Law, including its recent changes. He will also discuss best practices for negotiating and drafting employment agreements on behalf of health systems, hospitals, medical groups and physician practices. The webinar will focus on regulatory requirements, key provisions, valuation considerations and potential pitfalls that should be avoided.

Areas Covered In The Session

• Examine critical components of Stark compliant employment arrangements
• Provide a general Stark Law overview
• Discuss best practices for drafting employment agreements and the related financial terms
• Describe best practices for auditing employment agreements
• Review processes for documenting fair market value and commercial reasonableness
• Discuss best practices for auditing existing arrangements and potential pitfalls

Who Should Attend

• In-House Counsel
• Health Care Compliance Officers
• Health Care Human Resources
• Health Care CFOs
• Health Care executives


Joseph Wolfe is a partner with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., the largest health care focused law firm in the country, now with offices nationwide. Hall Render’s attorneys provide advice and counsel to many of the nation’s largest health systems, hospitals and medical groups on a variety of health care issues. Mr. Wolfe regularly counsels clients on a national basis regarding compliance-focused physician compensation strategies. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to the physician self-referral statute (Stark Law), hospital-physician transactions, physician compensation and health care fair market value issues. Before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin, he served as a combat engineer in the United States Army.

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