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Changing Practices


  • April 1, 2021 - Non-Compete Laws Round Up - By: Cori B. Schreider at Tydings
  • Maryland Medicine Volume 20, Issue 4 (September 19, 2019)
    Non-compete Clauses: Key Considerations by Gene Ransom, MedChi CEO
  • December 12, 2016 - MedChi News
    MedChi is studying the implications of non-compete clauses in healthcare.  Non-compete clauses are a staple of thousands of healthcare agreements in Maryland.  While some non-compete language can be fair and reasonable, some non-compete clauses put the physician at a severe disadvantage.  Physicians can use non-compete language to protect their practice when hiring mid-level employees like nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants.  Other physicians are required to agree to a non-compete as a condition of  employment by a hospital system.  Most often, non-competes will limit the area the physician can work to a certain geographic region after a physician leaves an employer.

Self-Referral Laws

  • Employed Physicians - Primer on Self-Referral Laws
    Any financial arrangement (compensation or ownership) between a physician and health care entity involving referrals between the two must meet both state and Federal law requirements. This summary of applicable laws and their respective exceptions and prohibitions is not all inclusive; any arrangement should be analyzed by experienced health care counsel.  *You must log in using your member log-in to view.


The Center for the Employed Physician

The Center for the Employed Physician was established by the Center for a Healthy Maryland through a grant from The Physicians Foundation.  Through this project resources and educational programming were developed to assist physicians who are currently employed or are considering entering into an employment arrangement. To inform the content of the tools and services to be created, 442 Maryland physicians responded to a survey, giving feedback about their concerns regarding practicing medicine in an employed setting.  Physicians considering employment most requested a resource that would aid in contract negotiations, while physicians who are currently practicing in employed settings most requested current compensation models. Both groups were also concerned about maintaining autonomy.


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   White Paper Offers Physicians Job Assessment Tips

Every year, thousands of medical residents coming 

out of training go through the process of finding a job.

In addition, many physicians who already are in

practice relocate to new job opportunities.  Merritt 

Hawkins, a national physician search firm in 

collaboration with MedChi, The Maryland State 

Medical Society, have developed a white paper, titled 

How to Assess Medical Practice Opportunity,” 

which provides recommendations to both residents 

and in-practice physicians seeking job opportunities.

“How to Assess a Medical Practice Opportunity,” 

walks physicians through the sequential process of 

determining whether a practice opportunity will fit 

their personal and professional needs.  The process 

begins with determining what those needs are, and 

continues through a careful examination of the 

employment contract, practice style and culture, and 

the amenities the position offers.   This paper is an 

excellent resource for physicians who wish to secure 

a practice that will result in a lasting match.

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