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Terminating a provider’s employment with a physician practice is a sensitive process that needs to be handled with care.
Physician practices are often unsure how to terminate a provider and what steps are needed to reduce their risk in the process. Below are some different situations and suggestions for handling employed-provider terminations at a physician practice:
Terminating someone without cause
Terminating someone with cause
When to talk to counsel
Here are a few situations where it is advisable to consult with counsel.
Process of separation
If the above conditions have been met, I often recommend the parties enter into a separation agreement. There are many positives to signing a separation agreement, including:
Terminating a provider’s employment with a physician practice can be a very sensitive process and should be carefully handled. Properly written contracts that spell out the reasons and manner in which a provider can be terminated are a great place to start. It’s always a smart idea to discuss the termination process with counsel to be sure the practice is protected as much as possible.
Ericka L. Adler has practiced in the area of regulatory and transactional healthcare law for more than 20 years. She represents physicians and other healthcare providers across the country in their day-to-day legal needs, including contract negotiations, sale transactions, and complex joint ventures. She also works with providers on a wide variety of compliance issues such as Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, and HIPAA. Ericka has been writing for Physicians Practice since 2011.