In both hospital and group practice settings, physicians are regularly asked to sign employment contracts that the group or hospital may describe as “standard”. While physician employment contracts can define the terms of the employment relationship in helpful ways, they can and often do contain clauses and obligations that may have a long-lasting impact on the physician. When negotiating a contract with a potential employer, physicians are well advised to take a hard look at key contract terms, including termination provisions, non-compete clauses, professional liability insurance terms and indemnification obligations, and negotiate to remove or revise overly burdensome terms prior to the start of the employment relationship.
Jennifer Colagiovanni is a partner at HealthLaw Offices and has practiced exclusively in the area of health law for the past six years. She represents physicians and other health care providers in a variety of matters including contract review and negotiation, audit defense and consulting, HIPAA matters, compliance and reimbursement, enrollment, and licensing matters. Ms. Colagiovanni is a member of the ABA Health Law Section and the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section. She graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan and cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.