Our ophthalmologist contract attorneys can review your contract, identify the areas that could improve, and assist you in negotiating the best ophthalmology contract possible.
Each physician that requests our assistance receives the following:
- Available in any state
- Flat-rate pricing with no hidden costs
- Review of your proposed ophthalmology agreement
- Phone consultation with our lawyer, reviewing the contract term by term
- Follow up with a review of the needed clarifications of the ophthalmology contract
Medical Contract Attorney
A thorough contract review can benefit new residents, attending physicians, doctors entering their first employment contract, or established physicians looking for new employment. By employing an experienced attorney for your representation, you can ensure that you will be able to fully understand the extensive and complex wording included in your contract.
By having a complete understanding of contracts, you will be in a better position to decide whether or not you want to enter into the medical agreement that will affect your career life for years to come.
Contract reviews will provide general information and specific details about your specialty and location.
Important Terms in a Contract Agreement
The present-day conclusion is simple: physicians should only enter into agreements by having the agreement reviewed by legal counsel. There is too much at risk for a physician to take medical contract matters into their own hands. In addition to the specific professional implications, terms of ophthalmic contracts can significantly impact a physician’s family, lifestyle, and future.
There are many important terms and clauses in medical contracts which can present complex and diverse issues for physicians, including:
- Non-compete clauses
- Inadequate professional liability insurance and tail coverage
- Unfavorable call schedules
- Practice support
- Production Bonuses (RVU, net income, or hybrid structures)
- Not enough paid time off (PTO) or Vacation time
- Biased Termination Provisions (With or Without Cause)
- Continuing Medical Education (CME)
- Dues and Fees (AMA, Health Care Board, retina training)
Review of Non-Compete Clauses Reviewed by an Ophthalmology Contract Attorney
Most courts find that a non-compete is enforceable if it is reasonable.
The general test for reasonableness by a court or arbitrator would be:
- The restraint is not more than required to protect the employer,
- It does not inflict any untold hardships on the employer, and
- The restraint is not detrimental to the public.
Ophthalmologist Career Tips
As an ophthalmologist, you play a critical role in providing specialized eye care. Here are some strategies that can help you maximize your earning potential during your professional career:
- Subspecialization: Consider further specializing in areas such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatric ophthalmology, or oculoplastics. Subspecialists often have the opportunity to earn more due to their unique skill sets. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) provides excellent resources for subspecialty training.
- Stay Updated: The field of ophthalmology is continually advancing. Staying current with the latest research, surgical techniques, and innovations can increase your value to your patients and your practice. Resources such as EyeWiki can be invaluable for this purpose.
- Practice Management: Efficient practice management, including precise billing, effective scheduling, and cost management, can significantly impact your earnings. Consider investing in a high-quality practice management system to streamline your operations.
- Invest in Advanced Technology: Investing in the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology can improve patient care and attract more patients to your practice. For instance, offering advanced procedures like LASIK or premium intraocular lenses can enhance your practice’s reputation and earnings.
- Participate in Clinical Trials: Participating in clinical trials can provide additional income and access to cutting-edge treatments for your patients. The National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Trials database is a good place to start.
- Offer Telemedicine Services: Telemedicine is rapidly growing in healthcare, and ophthalmology is no exception. By offering virtual consultations, you can see more patients and increase your practice’s reach.
- Take on Leadership Roles: Pursuing leadership roles in your practice, hospital, or professional organizations can raise your professional profile and potentially boost your earnings.
- Networking and Professional Development: Participating in ophthalmology conferences and professional networking events can provide opportunities to learn, share, and connect with other professionals in your field, which can lead to collaborations, referrals, and other income-enhancing opportunities.
- Locum Tenens Work: If your schedule allows, consider taking on locum tenens assignments. This temporary work often pays well and can provide a change of pace and new experiences.
- Work-Life Balance: Last but not least, maintain a healthy work-life balance. Burnout can decrease productivity and job satisfaction. Taking care of your well-being will enable you to have a long and successful career in ophthalmology.
By leveraging these strategies, you can maximize your earning potential while providing top-quality eye care to your patients.
Employee or physician contracts are all unique. However, nearly all healthcare contracts for healthcare providers should contain several essential terms. If these contracts do not spell out the critical terms, disputes can arise when there is a disagreement between parties regarding the details of the specific term. For instance, if the doctor is expecting to work Monday through Thursday and the employer thinks it’s Monday through Friday. Still, the particular workdays are absent from the contract—who prevails?
Ophthalmology Contact Checklist
Spelling out the details of a physician’s job is crucial to avoid healthcare contract conflicts during the employment contract term.
Below is a checklist of important terms that contracts should contain (and a brief explanation of each term generally discussed in negotiations):
- Practice Services Offered: What is the clinical patient care duties? Is there time for a review of administrative tasks? How many patients is the physician expected to see?
- Patient Care Schedule: What days and hours are employees expected to provide patient care per week? What is the surgery schedule? Are employees involved in the planning of their schedules?
- Locations: Which facilities will the employer schedule the employees to provide care at (outpatient clinic, surgical sites, in-patient services, etc.)?
- Outside Activities: Are employees permitted to pursue moonlighting or locum tenens opportunities? Does a physician need permission from the employer before accepting medicine-related positions?
- Disability Insurance: Is disability insurance provided (short-term and long-term)?
- Professional License: Will the practice offer reimbursement for licensing? Will an advisor be provided?
- Practice Call Schedule: How often is the employed physician on call (after-hours office call, ASC, hospital call (if applicable))?
- Electronic Medical Records (EMR): Will the employer provide training resources or time to review the system before delivering care?
- Base Compensation: What is the annual base salary? What is the pay period frequency? Does the base compensation increase over the term of the agreement? Is there a yearly review or quarterly review of compensation? Is there a group management relationship?
- Productivity Compensation: If there is productivity compensation, how is it calculated (wRVU, net collections, patient encounters, etc.)? Is there an annual review?
- Practice Benefits Summary: Are standard benefits offered: health, vision, dental, life, retirement, etc.? Who is the advisor of human resource benefits?
- Paid Time Off: How much time off does the job offer? What is the split between vacation, sick days, CME attendance, and holidays? Is there an HR guide?
- Continuing Medical Education (CME): What is the annual allowance for CME expenses, and how much time off do they offer?
- Dues and Fees: Which business financial expenses are covered (board licensing, DEA registration, privileging, ASA membership, Board review)?
- Relocation Assistance: Is relocation assistance offered? What are the repayment obligations if the contract is terminated before the expiration of the initial term?
- Signing Bonus: Is an employee signing bonus offered? When is it paid? Does the employee have to pay it back if they leave before they complete the initial term? Are student loans paid back? Is there a forgiveness period for student loans?
- Professional Liability Insurance: What type of liability insurance (malpractice) the employer offers: claims made, occurrence, self-insurance? License and litigation defense? Can you negotiate tail?
- Tail Insurance: If tail insurance is necessary, who pays for it when the agreement terminates?
- Term: What is the length of the initial term? Does the agreement automatically renew after the initial term?
- For Cause Termination: What are the grounds for immediate termination for cause? Is a review provided to dispute the termination?
- Without Cause Termination: How much notice is required for either party to terminate the agreement without cause?
- Practice Post-Termination Payment Obligations: Will the physician receive production bonuses after the agreement terminates?
- Non-Compete: How long does the non-compete last, and what is the prohibited geographic scope?
- Financial Retirement: Is a financial retirement plan offered?
- Non-Solicitation: How long does it last, and does it cover employees, clients, patients, and business associates?
- Notice: How is the notice given? Via hand delivery, email, US mail, etc.? Does it have to be provided to the employer’s attorney?
- Practice Assignment: Can the employer assign the agreement? Will the healthcare agreement require ongoing compliance with a new employer?
- Alternative Dispute Resolution: If there is a conflict regarding the contract, will mediation or arbitration be utilized? What is the standard attorney review process for disputes? Who decides which attorney oversees the process?
We also offer contract reviews for OBGYN Physicians and analysis of Oncologist Employment Agreements.
Contract Review for an Ophthalmologist
Coming into a new organization with a favorable contract can put the physician in a positive financial situation for years to come. Before signing the most important contract of your life, contact an experienced Ophthalmology Contract Attorney and contact Chelle Law today.