Physician Disability
Physician Disability Provisions in Physician Employment Agreements The treatment of physician disability in a physician employment agreement can have a[...]
Physician Sign-On Bonus/Relocation Allowance
Physician employment agreements for both new physicians and experienced physicians should contain a physician sign-on bonus. If a physician sign-on[...]
The Physician Employment Agreement Offer
It’s only natural that when you receive a physician employment agreement offer your competitive drive kicks in. As a physician,[...]
Malpractice Insurance in Physician Employment Agreements
Malpractice issues in physician employment agreements are horror stories that repeat themselves all the time. A new physician takes a[...]
Termination “For Cause” in Physician Employment Agreements
The topic of termination for cause in physician employment agreements is obviously a delicate one. Employers have a  legitimate desire[...]
A Fellowship Program Should Cover Physician Employment Agreements
There is no doubt that a physician completing a fellowship program in this country is superbly qualified to treat patients. [...]
Starting Work Under a Physician Employment Agreement
It may seem like an obvious question, but many first drafts are not clear as to the date of starting[...]
Patient Contact Hour Requirements in Physician Employment Agreements
The first draft of many standard physician employment agreements is silent on patient contact hour requirements. Often, the first offer[...]
Call Coverage Requirements in Physician Employment Agreements
There are some physician employment agreement negotiations you just never forget. One of my more memorable negotiations involved representing a[...]
Physician Employment Agreements with a Private Practice
Physicians who receive physicians employment agreements from a private practice have all the concerns with their employment agreement that any[...]
How Will the Employer React When MGMA Benchmarks are Cited in a Physician Employment Agreement Review?
Many physicians are concerned about the employers’ reaction to legal review of a physician employment agreement. One of their concerns in[...]
Employer’s Reaction to Legal Review of Physician Employment Agreements
Some physicians worry about the reaction of a potential employer when the employer learns that the physician has brought in[...]
Physician Recruitment Agreement Tips
Many health systems address perceived deficiencies in physician specialties in their service area by assisting private practices to recruit physicians[...]
Expiration of Physician Employment Agreements
As more and more health systems are swallowing up smaller systems, I have been getting contacted by physicians who are[...]
Selling Your Medical Practice – the Asset Purchase Agreement
Selling your medical practice is a complicated transaction.  The purpose of this post is to give you a sense of[...]
Thinking About Starting a Direct Primary Care Practice?
I recently wrote about the benefits to physicians and patients of a direct primary care practice.  If you're not familiar[...]
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 Contracts
The reason for 'without cause' termination in physician employment contracts Ideally, the practice of medicine will be a collegial pursuit. [...]
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[...]