Long Island Health Care Contract Lawyers Helping You Get What You Deserve
Health care is a large industry that encompasses many professions. From physicians and nurses to chiropractors and ophthalmologists, one thing all of these positions have in common — other than helping patients — is that they operate on employment contracts. In the medical industry, these are referred to as healthcare contracts, and they have specific sections that are applicable to those in healthcare positions.
We know that you have limited time, and reviewing every line of a multipage contract probably isn’t high on your to-do list. That’s where we come in. MontanaroLaw P.C. has a proven track record when it comes to ensuring that health care contracts reflect the needs of our clients.
Whether you are a health care worker or an employer, our physician contract lawyers can provide effective legal counsel. To find out more about how we can help with all aspects of health care contract law, contact our Long Island office today.
What Does Health Care Contract Law Cover?
Health care contract law is a subcategory of law that focuses on creating, reviewing, and negotiating physician employment contracts between individual physicians and group employers. Anything that could be included in an employment contract, such as benefits, base salary, extra compensation, scheduling, and on-call requirements, continuing education requirements, and insurance.
Why Is It Important to Have a Health Care Contract Lawyer?
Physician employment agreements are complicated contracts, and it’s easy to miss that something didn’t get included. You may also not be comfortable negotiating your contract or not know what parts may be able to be changed. A healthcare business attorney is your best source for ensuring that your employment agreements have all of the necessary elements. An attorney has the experienced need to thoroughly review the contract before you sign.
Can a Health Care Contract Attorney Help Me Negotiate?
Absolutely! A health care contract attorney has experience reviewing physician employment agreements and knows what to look for to ensure that you are protected from potential legal issues down the road and that your contract reflects everything it should. This includes providing counsel on parts of the contract that look like they could be negotiated to your better interests. This might mean negotiating the base salary higher or getting more paid time off or fewer on-call hours.
Medical professionals are a very important part of the community, and we work hard to ensure that our clients have physician contracts that reflect this. We thoroughly review each section and suggest sections to remove, add, or change. Our team can talk with the employer on your behalf to handle all of the negotiations for you until the contract is ready to sign.
Common Negotiating Points for Health Care Contracts
While every agreement between a physician and an employer is slightly different, many group employers use the same contract template that covers the same key points. Here are some common points that your physician contract lawyer can help you evaluate and negotiate if necessary:
- Compensation: This can be your base salary as well as other parts of a compensation package, like bonuses.
- Benefits: Benefits are a wide category that covers everything from how much vacation you get each year to your health insurance package. If your contract isn’t quite where you want it to be, this can be a good place to try to negotiate because employers often have more freedom on these items than they do on the actual salary.
- Schedule and call: This lets you know what kind of schedule you agree to work. It also covers whether you will be responsible for on-call times out of regular hours and what you can anticipate those being.
- Terms and termination: This section of the contract covers the actual terms of employment, such as the job role, start date, and length of the contract term, as well as what the grounds for termination are and the legal guidelines around how either party must terminate the contract.
- Restrictive covenants: A restrictive covenant can also be called a noncompete clause. This is a part of the contract that employers often put in to ensure that you can’t work for a competitor at the same time or quit your job to immediately go to another facility.
Employment contracts come with a lot of parts and pieces and include legal jargon that can be difficult to understand. This is why it’s important to have a health care contract lawyer go through your contract with you and ensure you know exactly what you agree to.
What If I Want to Break My Contract?
Contracts are legally binding, and there are consequences for terminating them outside of the terms of the contract itself. If you want to break your contract, it’s important to seek out legal counsel to ensure that you are doing so as part of the legal terms. However, there may also be times when you need to terminate a contract for reasons not stated in the terms. This is where a health care contract attorney can evaluate your contract and provide counsel on your options for getting out of the contract and what the potential consequences might be.
Health Care Contracts for Group Employers
At MontanaroLaw P.C., we know that contracts are just as much to protect the employer as the employee. And that’s why we extend our legal services to clients who are prospective employers and need to make sure that their contracts cover all necessary aspects and protect them from liability as much as possible. We can talk with you about your company and what you need from your employees and then help ensure that the employment contracts accurately reflect those needs.
Health Care Contracts for Individual Employees
Medical professionals in the healthcare industry need to be aware of what they’re signing and all of the implications that are in their healthcare contracts. At MontanaroLaw P.C., we draft, review, revise, and counsel physicians regarding the terms of employment agreements, including termination and severance provisions, non-compete, malpractice insurance provisions, non-solicitation, and confidentiality terms and clauses.
These issues may seem like they could be covered by standard legal language in a contract, but it’s always important to make sure that your contract is the right document for your specific position and needs. We can review any documentation with your needs and interests in mind.
Hire MontanaroLaw P.C. for Your Health Care Contract Needs
We represent group employers and physician employees with their employment contract needs. Our healthcare employment attorneys work with individual doctors to make sure their employment agreement is ideal in all areas. MontanaroLaw also provides counsel as to the potential issues associated with a particular physician employment agreement at all phases of employment.
Whether you’re a prospective employer or a physician getting ready to sign a contract for a new position, we can provide legal counsel for all your needs. MontanaroLaw assists you with the things they didn’t teach you in medical school. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team when you call us today at (516) 809-7735.