Meet Dennis Hursh

Hursh & Hursh, P.C. is exclusively devoted to serving the legal needs physicians encounter in the practice of medicine. Led by Dennis Hursh, a veteran physicians’ lawyer with over 34 years of health-law experience, we offer individually tailored legal services for physicians and medical practices. We are based in Middletown (near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania).
Dennis Hursh concentrates his practice on representing physicians. His extensive experience in physician contracting led him to write a book on physician employment agreements, "The Final Hurdle - a Physician's Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement". Dennis represents individual physicians in reviewing and negotiating their physician employment agreements, and also represents physician practices. He understands the tremendous time, financial, regulatory and litigious pressures physicians face, and strives to reduce these pressures for his clients, so they can do what they do best - practice medicine.

" The practice of law has been consuming me for as long as I can remember. I went into law, because I really wanted to help people. I began to focus on representation of physicians after countless nights by the bedside of Rachel, my oldest daughter, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I got to know a lot of the Attendings and Fellows at CHOP, on a personal basis. I was representing physicians and other healthcare entities before Rachel was born, but her birth was a watershed for me. In 1989, I decided I would concentrate my practice on representing physicians. It’s not really an adequate payback for her life, but it is a start. "

-Dennis G. Hursh

Education and Experience

Education

Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, 1985 M.L.T., Master of Laws in Taxation The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1982 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1977, B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Classes and Seminars Taught

Physician Leadership Seminar on Clinical Integration, Pennsylvania Medical Society, 1998 – 2001 Business Law, Wilson College, 1988-1989

Past Employment Positions

  • Gettysburg Insurance Services, Inc., CEO, 1992
  • Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., Senior Attorney, 1990-1992
  • Bailey, Hardy & Hursh, P.C., Principal, 1989-1990
  • Hursh Associates, Partner, 1988-1989
  • Coopers & Lybrand, Tax Manager, 1985-1988
  • Hedger & Hedger, Associate, 1982-1985
  • United States Marine Corps, Infantry Officer, 1977-1979

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co-chair, Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Council of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 2010-2013
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 2011-2016
  • Member, PBA Ad Hoc Committee to Develop Pro Bono Projects for Health Lawyers, 2003-16
  • Secretary, Darul Uloom Sidiqua, 2000-present
  • Assist. Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 113, Middletown, PA, 2009 – 2012
  • Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 113, Middletown PA, 2008 – 2009
  • Co-Chair, Family Advisory Council, Penn State Children’s Hospital, 2006-2008
  • Member, Family Advisory Council of the Penn State Children’s Hospital, 2005-2008
  • Chair, Local Right to Education Task Force, 1997-1998/li>
  • Treasurer, Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, PA, 1987-1989

Fraternity

Phi Epsilon Pi

Publications

  • The Final Hurdle – a Physicians Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement
  • My book on physician employment contracts
  • A primer on “silent PPOs”
  • Hiring a certified registered nurse practitioner
  • Considerations when becoming a partner
  • Fraud and abuse issues for ambulatory surgery centers
  • Negotiating a managed care contract
  • Hiring a physician assistant in Pennsylva
  • Peer review committee member protections
  • Organized Medical Event Discussions
  • Choosing Your Medical Practice Entity
  • Are Independent Physician Associations Still Viable?
  • Letters of Intent Can be a Trap for Unwary Physicians

Talks Given

Topic

Place

Sponsor

9/10/2015

Physician Employment Agreements

Harrisburg, PA

Pinnacle Health

5/8/2015

Physician Contract Evaluation and Negotiation

Lancaster, PA

PA Academy of Family Physicians

10/14/2011

Physician Employment Agreements

Hershey, PA

Pennsylvania Medical Society

10/14/2011

Financial Planning Basics for Young Physicians

Hershey, PA

Pennsylvania Medical Society

9/24/2009

Physician Employment Agreements

Hershey, PA

Hershey Medical Center

9/24/2008

Physician Employment Contracts

Webinar

Pennsylvania Medical Society

3/21/2007

Physician Employment Contracts

Harrisburg, PA

Pinnacle Health

2/26/2007

HIPAA

Pottsville, PA

Northeast Regional HealthCare Coalition

10/21/2006

Silent PPOs

Baltimore, MD

American Podiatry Association

10/15/2004

Physician Employment Contracts

Hershey, PA

PA Medical Society

1/8/2004

Cardiology Contracting Parameters

Danville, PA

Geisinger Medical Center

2/27/2003

Physician Employment Contracts

Hershey, PA

Hershey Medical Center

8/14/2002

Physician Employment Agreements

Philadelphia, PA

U of Penn Health System

10/10/2001

Physician Employment Contracts

York, PA

York Hospital

9/5/2001

HIPAA

York, PA

Central PA Association for Healthcare Quality

5/5/2001

Managed Care Highlights

York, PA

YCPO, P.C.

7/26/1999

Physician Employment Agreements

Philadelphia, PA

PA Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

The Final Hurdle: A Physicians Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement