Live Negotiating your employment contract
Physicians are increasingly entering into employment and other contractual relationships with hospitals, group practices, and other health care organizations and delivery systems. Employment and contractual arrangements can benefit physicians and their patients, but employed physicians face a unique set of challenges as they seek to protect their professional, ethical and financial interests while maintaining the inviolability of the patient-physician relationship. The AMA has developed a range of products and services to help physicians understand and manage their employment and contractual relationships. Foremost among these are the AMA’s Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement and Annotated Model Physician Practice Employment Agreement, which address the specific needs of physicians who are preparing to negotiate employment contracts with hospitals and group practices, respectively. The AMA has also developed extensive Principles for Physician Employment, which are intended to help physicians, those who employ physicians, and their respective advisors identify and address some of the unique challenges employment can present to professionalism and the practice of medicine. This program will educate physicians on how to negotiate with potential employers to develop an optimum employment agreement. Using the AMA’s physician employment resources as a guide, the program will address key areas a physician should consider when reviewing a contract, and provide insight on where a physician should focus negotiation efforts by describing which provisions of an employment agreement are most likely to be negotiable. It will also provide strategies to use when negotiating an employment agreement. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. Should you have any questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Katie Pajak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-464-5450.