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July/August 2013 Issue
Making Sense of the Trend Toward Hospital Employment [From the Editor]
More hospitals are courting physicians, and more physicians are accepting their offers, but why?
The first challenge of employed practice is to analyze your contract – before you sign.
If a hospital or health system comes knocking, make sure you’ve considered these key issues.
Practicing in a large organization requires skills you may not have needed in independent practice.
Make sure you're not just jumping from the fire into the frying pan.
Before making the leap from private practice to employed practice, consider how the new arrangement will affect your productivity and your bottom line.
When Medicare payments are cut, everybody loses, not just self-employed physicians.
Developing a leave plan can help your partners and your patients feel more comfortable with your time away.
After wrestling with the decision, this family physician ended up where she started, but she gained a good deal of insight along the way.
The article discusses confidentiality provisions, trade secrets and non-solicitation clauses of physician employment contracts and offers a four-part test to determine whether they are enforceable under the law.