Typically, when we blog about physician employment arrangements, we focus on major areas of negotiation, such as compensation, professional liability insurance and termination. However, when the employment arrangement involves the physician, as employee, and a hospital, as employer, such as when the hospital acquires the physician’s medical practice, some unique additional issues arise. (Indeed, in a November, 2012 press release, the AMA noted that a survey of final-year residents found nearly 1/3 listed hospital employment as their first choice of practice setting.) As a result, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA), at its … Continue Reading
For a physician who has spent his or her whole professional life developing and growing a medical practice, the process of selling that practice can be a traumatic experience. Typically, the physician may focus on the short term, attempting to maximize the price at which the practice will be purchased and the applicable payment terms. However, the long term happiness of the selling physician may depend less on the size of the purchase price at which the practice is sold, and more on how well the physician negotiates the terms and conditions of employment following the acquisition, most notably where … Continue Reading
By: Kara M. Maciel and Matthew Sorensen
Social media has become an increasingly important tool for businesses to market their products and services. As the use of social media in business continues to grow, companies will face new challenges with respect to the protection of their confidential information and business goodwill, as several recent federal district court decisions demonstrate.
Christou v. Beatport, LLC (D. Colo. 2012), Ardis Health, LLC v. Nankivell (S.D. N.Y. 2011), and PhoneDog v. Kravitz (N.D. Cal. 2011) each involved former employees who took the login credentials for their employers’ business social media accounts when they left … Continue Reading