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Direct Patient Care – Is it really a good idea?
I have recently been involved with two physicians who have each set up a "direct patient care" practice. I have[...]
Shifting Alliances
I was recently at a meeting where a respected physician leader made a fascinating observation. It is his belief that[...]
Not Giving the Notice Required Under a Physician Employment Agreement
I have had several physicians ask me if there is any reason why they can’t just give two weeks’ notice[...]
Physician Negotiation Basics
The following is an excerpt from my book, The Final Hurdle, A Physician’s Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement.[...]
Not All Physicians’ Compensation Should Be Average!
I recently negotiated physician employment agreements for most of an entire department at the flagship hospital of a local health[...]
60 Days to Return Medicare Overpayments
I recently wrote an article for Retinal Physicians about the final rule from CMS concerning the requirement to return an[...]
My Doctor Made a Mistake
Last Tuesday and Wednesday were not good days.  Tuesday I was on a clear liquid diet all day, until 5 or[...]
The 8 Stages of Selling a Medical Practice to the Hospital
I have represented physicians in dozens of sales of medical practices to hospitals, and I have noticed that these deals[...]
The Final Steps in Closing a Medical Practice in Pennsylvania
I have previously discussed eight things to consider when selling your medical practice, and warned of the dangers of relying[...]
‘Without Cause’ Termination in Physician Employment Agreements
The reason for 'without cause' termination provisions in physician employment agreements Ideally, the practice of medicine will be a collegial[...]
Physician Employment Agreement Tips
Listen to Josh Mettle and Dennis Hursh discuss the pitfalls doctors face that cost them dearly when negotiating physician employment[...]
Hospital Negotiations
When you have been a Pennsylvania physicians' lawyer for as long as I have, you tend to develop a certain[...]
Will a Messenger Model IPA Work?
In 2011, I did a post that still seems relevant today on the use of messenger model IPAs.  Here is[...]
Selling Your Medical Practice and Relying on the Hospital Fairies
Today the New York Times ran an article about "When Hospitals Buy Doctors’ Offices, and Patient Fees Soar" which  reminded[...]
What Do You Do After You Have Your Physician Employment Agreement Reviewed?
The Written Analysis of a Physician Employment Agreement The purpose of this post isn't to try to convince you to[...]
The Bottom Line of a Covenant Not to Compete for Physicians
Here's all you really need to know about the enforceability of covenants not to compete in physician employment agreements. What Lawyers[...]
“Our Standard Physician Employment Contract”
It's the oldest trick in the book, because it works.  The individual that hands you the impressively typed agreement solemnly[...]
Selling Your Medical Practice
The private practice of medicine isn't for everyone, especially for older physicians who are just tired of the grind of[...]
Letters of Intent in Physician Contracts
The contracting process for physician employment agreements and medical practice sales sometimes (but not always) begins with a letter of[...]
5 Deadly Mistakes in Physician Employment Agreements – Part 5
In the 5th and final part of my series of guest blogs for Falcon Healthcare Agency, I share the importance[...]
5 Deadly Mistakes in Physician Employment Agreements – Part 4
In the 4th part of my series of guest blogs for Falcon Healthcare Agency, I share the importance of preserving your[...]
5 Deadly Mistakes in Physician Employment Agreements – Part 3
I would like to share with you all the next blog series for physician contract negotiations, through Falcon Healthcare Agency.[...]
5 Deadly Mistakes in Physician Employment Agreements – Part 2
I am excited to share my next piece of advice for physician contracts, courtesy of Falcon Healthcare Agency. In this[...]
5 Deadly Mistakes in Physician Employment Agreements
For new physicians just completing their residency, the first job they take is of the utmost importance. It has the[...]
Keep a Corporate Veil Between Physician Assets and Claimants
Although there is no "silver bullet" that can provide physicians total protection from the claims of malpractice attorneys, there are[...]
Medical Record Provisions in Physician Employment Agreements
Almost every physician employment agreement will provide that the employer, rather than the employed physician, owns the medical records. This[...]
Negotiating physician employment agreements
It is vital for you to understand that  negotiations of a physician employment agreement begin with the first recruitment call. [...]
Should a new physician’s compensation be based on productivity?
Not that many years ago, every new physician got a guaranteed base salary, with perhaps some sort of productivity incentive program. [...]
Selling your Medical Practice to the Hospital
Here are a few considerations when you are selling your practice to a hospital: ·       Covenant not to compete.  This[...]
6/4/09 “Messenger model” IPA busted!
The FTC today announced that it has entered into a consent agreement with Alta Bates Medical Group, Inc., a 600-physician[...]
5/31/09 OIG gives OK to a hospital paying for call coverage
On May 21, the OIG posted an Advisory Opinion that specifically allowed a hospital to compensate physicians for on-call services[...]