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A physician employment agreement deals with different topics, from compensation and benefits to job responsibilities and termination clauses. A physician employment agreement plays a major role in the healthcare industry. Physicians must understand the important factors they should look for in a contract before signing any employment agreement. Also, it would be beneficial for them to consult a professional. Read on to know the common features of physician employment contracts in California.

Essentials of a Physician Employment Contract

  • Benefits

    The physician is entitled to various benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. It is one of the important sections of the contract as it mentions not only the benefits but also the cost of benefits to the physician, any waiting periods, and any limitations on benefits.

  • Salary and Remuneration

    The contract should specify the physician's salary and way of payment and mention bonuses or incentives. The contract should also outline issues such as overtime, time off, and how pay will be calculated.

  • Confidentiality

    Confidentiality of patient information and other sensitive information related to the employer is an important aspect of a contract. It outlines non-disclosure agreements, non-disparagement clauses, and other aspects designed to protect the employer's reputation.

  • Non-Compete Clause

    This clause restricts the physician from working for a competitor or starting their practice for a certain period after leaving the employer. The contract should specify the duration and geographic scope of the non-compete clause.

Benefits of a Physician Employment Contract

  • Clarity and Protection

    The contract outlines the terms of employment and provides clarity for both parties. Having a written contract protects both the physician and employer in case of a dispute or misunderstanding.

  • Compensation and Benefits

    The contract outlines the physician's compensation and benefits, including salary, bonuses, insurance coverage, and retirement plans. It provides the physician with financial security and helps the employer to attract and retain talented physicians.

  • Job Duties and Expectations

    The contract clearly outlines the physician's duties and expectations. It helps to ensure that both parties are on the same page and helps to prevent misunderstandings or disputes.

  • Non-Compete Clauses

    The contract can include a non-compete clause that restricts the physician from working for a competitor or starting their practice for some time after leaving the employer. It helps to protect the employer's business interests and can be an important consideration for employers.

  • Intellectual Property

    The contract can specify who owns any intellectual property created by the physician while working for the employer. It can help prevent disputes over patents, trademarks, or copyright owners.

  • Confidentiality

    The contract can include provisions regarding the confidentiality of patient information and other sensitive information related to the employer. It helps protect patients' privacy and the employer's reputation.

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Key Terms Related to a Physician Employment Contract

  • Intellectual Property: This term refers to any creations or inventions made by the physician while working for the employer, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Confidentiality: This term refers to provisions in the contract that protect confidential information, such as patient records or trade secrets, from being disclosed to third parties.
  • Dispute Resolution: This term refers to provisions in the contract that outline how any disputes will be resolved, such as through arbitration or mediation.
  • Governing Law: This term refers to the law used to interpret and enforce the employment contract, which can be state or federal law.

Conclusion

It is important for physicians to fully understand the terms of their employment contract before signing and seeking legal counsel if necessary. Employers must also ensure that their employment contracts are fair and comply with applicable laws and regulations. By negotiating and agreeing to a well-crafted physician employment contract, both parties can benefit from a mutually beneficial employment relationship that provides financial security, job satisfaction, and a positive work environment.

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Physician Employment Agreement

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Asked on Jun 20, 2023

How to amend a physician employment agreement?

I am a physician who has recently been offered a position with a new practice. The offer came with a physician employment agreement that I need to sign. However, after further review of the agreement I have identified some changes that I would like to make to the terms of the agreement. I am seeking advice from a lawyer on how to amend the agreement to ensure that my interests are properly represented.

Erdal T.

Answered Jun 27, 2023

I am an employment attorney who regularly deals with employment agreements, including those involving physicians. Let me know which provisions concern you. My fee structure depends on the level of my involvement. We can discuss more in an initial phone call to go over your submission.

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Asked on May 25, 2023

Physician employment agreement termination clauses?

I am a physician who has been recently offered an employment agreement from a hospital. I am interested in understanding the termination clauses of the agreement, as I want to make sure that I am not at risk of being terminated without cause or without due process. I am also interested in understanding what my rights are in the case of a termination.

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Answered Jun 9, 2023

I would need to see your Employment Agreement to be able to answer this. I suggest you enter a work order in ContractsCounsel, and you can request me or have multiple attorneys bid on it.

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Asked on Jun 28, 2023

Physician employment agreement practice management?

I am a physician who is considering a new employment opportunity and have been presented with a physician employment agreement. I am concerned about the practice management arrangements outlined in the agreement and would like to know more about what is customary in such agreements and what my rights and obligations would be. I am hoping to get some clarity on the practice management arrangements in the agreement so that I can make an informed decision.

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I am an employment attorney who regularly handles contract negotiations, including physician employment agreements. I would love to know more about this issue and how I could help.

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Asked on May 23, 2023

How to value a physician employment agreement?

I am a physician looking to enter into a new employment agreement with a local hospital. I am looking to understand how to value this agreement, as it will be a long-term commitment, and I want to ensure that I am getting a fair deal. In addition, I am also concerned about the terms and conditions, and want to make sure that I am not agreeing to any terms that are not in my best interests.

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Hello. It's great that you're being proactive and want to make sure you're getting a fair deal. Long-term commitments like these require careful consideration. Here’s a few things to consider. First off, consider the compensation. Take a close look at not just your base salary but also any bonuses, incentives, and benefits they're offering. Compare these numbers to what other physicians in your area are getting to see if it's a fair deal. Regarding benefits, factor those into your evaluation. Think about things like healthcare coverage, retirement plans, malpractice insurance, vacation time, and CME allowances. Consider how these perks align with your personal needs and preferences. Also, while money matters, consider the contract length, termination provisions, any restrictions (like non-compete clauses), your expected workload, and opportunities for professional development. It's essential to fully grasp these aspects to see how they align with your goals. Overall, the objective is to think about what matters most to you and whether the contractual terms align with your interests. In the end, your employment agreement should be a win-win for both you and the hospital. Keep in mind that this response is meant to provide general guidance only and is not a substitute for personalized legal advice. Every individual matter is unique. As such, consulting with an attorney to review your employment agreement and address your specific needs is highly recommended. I wish you the best of luck as you venture into this new employment opportunity.

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Can a physician employment agreement be digital?

I am a physician looking to enter into an employment agreement with a hospital. I am currently in the process of negotiating terms of the agreement, and am considering the possibility of signing a digital version of the agreement. I want to know if this is legally permissible, and if there are any potential risks or considerations associated with signing a digital agreement.

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