Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP, Attorneys at Law

Contracts for Doctors

Posted in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice, Risk Management

It is not unusual for a doctor to be asked to sign a contact governing his or her employment and/or ownership of a business as a doctor.  The issues to consider in reviewing these contracts are many:

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–          Staffing (nurses, assistants, etc)

–          Provision of medical equipment

–          Billing

–          Compensation structure

–          Employee versus owner

–          Non complete clauses

–          Non solicitation clauses

–          Scope of practice

These issues are critical not just to peace of mind, compensation, and productivity, but for your own protection as well.  For example, if a doctor switches from one practice to another, there is a very real risk that the doctor could be left uninsured for medical malpractice purposes.  There are two different types of malpractice insurance: occurrence policies and claims made policies.  If you switch from one policy type to another without obtaining a very specific “rider” you could find yourself on the uninsured end of a malpractice lawsuit.  The real point here is to consult a qualified professional before signing any contract.  Your peace of mind, and liability, could depend on it.

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