Josef Weimholt joined Ropes & Gray in 2014 as an associate practicing primarily in the firm’s health care group.
Joe provides regulatory, transactional, and compliance advice to a broad range of health care clients, including academic medical centers, for-profit and non-profit hospitals and healthcare systems, physician group practices, and medical device companies. Joe routinely advises clients on compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws, participation in innovative health care payment models, and data privacy and security matters under both HIPAA and state laws. In addition, Joe’s transactional experience includes advising private equity, for-profit and tax-exempt clients regarding health care due diligence, regulatory and reimbursement issues.
Prior to attending law school, Joe served as the Assistant Director for Health Policy at the Illinois Department of Insurance. In that role, Joe represented the Department in meetings and negotiations with legislators and with stakeholders across the health care sector, including insurers, hospitals, employers, consumer advocates, physicians, and other provider groups; drafted and oversaw the implementation of various state laws regulating the health insurance industry; and led the Department’s implementation of the initial insurance market reforms mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
- Advising a university seeking to transform the relationship between its school of medicine and affiliated health system, including through the formation of an integrated, inter-professional faculty practice plan, the drafting of affiliation agreements and other transactional documents, and advice on regulatory and compliance questions.
- Providing regulatory and transactional advice to a multi-state hospital system, including in the development of an accountable care organization and other structures for participating in innovative reimbursement models.
- Assisting individual and institutional clients in investigations involving the Department of Justice, the HHS Office of Inspector General, and other agencies, with allegations involving the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, Civil Monetary Penalties Law, and False Claims Act.
- Assisting a pro bono client with the development and implementation of a HIPAA compliance program and the negotiation of managed care contracts with Medicaid MCOs.
- Previously seconded to the in-house legal department of a multinational medical device company for assistance with HIPAA and other privacy issues, including the negotiation of service agreements and associated Business Associate Agreements.
- Co-author, “What’s New For CMS Bundled Payments Program,” Law360 (June 3, 2019)
- Co-author, “What To Know About CMS' New Bundled Payment Model,” Law360 (February 5, 2018)
- Co-author, “Is the Current Anti-Kickback Enforcement Environment Stifling Innovation in Health Care?” Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter (August 10, 2017)
- “‘Bringing a Butter Knife to a Gun Fight’? Salience, Disclosure, and FDA’s Differing Approaches to the Tobacco Use and Obesity Epidemics” 70 FOOD & DRUG L. J. 501 (2015) (Honorable Mention, 2014 H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition, Food and Drug Law Institute)