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FALL 2017

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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PracticeLink.com   FALL 2017 31 L E G AL M AT TE RS Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHM A) is a physician-led o rganization with p ractice locations in seve ral communities just no rth of Boston. Physician opportunities: Family Medicine, Psychiatry-Ge riatric, Psychiatry-Adult - In patient/Outpatient, Inte rnal Medicine, Slee p Medicine, Adult Outpatient, Hematology-O n cology, and mo re. Highlights of our physician-led group: • Com petitive benefits and c reative scheduling • O n-boa rding and mento ring p rog rams • State-of-the-a rt p ractice efficien cy models fo r patient- cente red medical homes • Healthca re's Most Wired Hos pital • Long-te rm talented p ractice management staff • Histo ric communities with sho rt commute times and g reat schools • Located just 6 miles no rth of Boston and an easy d rive to the ocean, boating, hiking, s kiing, museums, and mo re. Become a part of the Hallmark team! Please connect with us: Alison Bruyn · abruyn@hallmarkhealth.org · 781-338-7505 www.hhma.org Where Quality of Care Meets Quality of Life. A mem be r of Hallma rk Health System in Mas sachusetts, in cluding Law ren ce Memo rial Hos pital and Melrose-Wa kefield Hos pital. medical employment contracts do not address tail coverage for malpractice, that is something you should seek to include, as it can be a major, unexpected expense down the road. Step 2: Find an attorney to review the contract Should an attorney review your medical employment contract before you sign? Not necessarily, but in most cases, yes. Regardless of the size of the organization offering the contract and whether it's a "standard" contract or not, if there is anything you do not understand or have concerns about, ask an attorney who specializes in health care contracts to look at it. Having it reviewed by a friend who is an attorney— but who doesn't focus on medical employment law — is not sufficient. He or she likely doesn't have the knowledge base needed to point out something that is off or that can be better negotiated in your favor. Typically, an experienced health care attorney will cost at least $250 to $350 per hour. A contract review, depending on the complexity, may cost $2,000 or more (for reference, Afferent offers a flat rate of $750 for a contract review by a health care attorney). Reading the contract and noting any of your concerns — known as "redlining" — before giving it to an attorney can expedite the process and save money. Before hiring an attorney to review the contract, ask about their process. Beware that organizations offering a cut-rate price for legal review of a medical employment contract may be outsourcing the review to another country, like India or the Philippines. Or they may only have a paralegal look at it before an attorney signs off without so much as thumbing through it. Step 3: Apply for a state medical license Obtaining a medical license from a state licensing board can take anywhere from 30 days to 9 months depending on the state.

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