PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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30 S PRIN g 2019 PracticeLink.com ▼ CV T HE J O b S E A r CH ISSUE D E P A R T M E N T S Job Doctor J e FF h INDS, M ha h ow to choose a contract review attorney Consider these key factors as you evaluate your attorney options. Y o U'V e rece IV e D Y ear S o F T ra INING T o beco M e a N e XP er T IN Y o U r FI e LD, b UT LITTL e T o N o T ra INING o N ho W T o G o abo UT FINDING a J ob a ND e NSU r ING T ha T co NT rac T T er MS are F a I r a ND e QUIT ab L e . T hou g h you m ay b e a ble to successfully navigate the process of finding your first practice on your own, you may not have adequate knowledge of physician contracts to successfully ensure your interests are fully protected. That's why it's highly advisable to retain a health care contract attorney when it comes time to review a contract. It is well worth spending a few hundred dollars before signing a contract worth millions of dollars. The employer had the contract drawn up and reviewed by their attorney to protect their interests….there is no reason you shouldn't do the same. But with no shortage of attorney options, how do you choose the best option? Here are some key factors to consider as you make your selection. Look at their specialty The first thing you should know is that attorneys specialize just like physicians. Just like you don't want to go to a pediatrician to get a colonoscopy, you don't want to select an attorney that specializes in family law to review your health care contract. Without having reviewed a large number of physician contracts previously, nor being up-to-date on the multitude of changes taking place within the health care industry, there is much that can be overlooked. All too often, we see physicians use their friend/cousin/ neighbor who doesn't specialize in health care contracts just to save a few dollars on the review. Remember: This contract is worth millions of dollars over the course of your career and should be treated as such. Experience outweighs location We're frequently asked if the attorney needs to be located in the area where the physician will practice. The simple answer is no. The reality is that most physician contracts are standard nationwide with regards to content and structure. The clauses that may vary by state (such as restrictive covenants) can all be researched via case law that's accessible by any attorney, no matter the location. This recommendation would be different if you were challenging or being challenged by the

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