Hospital Employment of Physicians: Complying With Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute

Evaluating Employment Models, Structuring Agreements, and Planning for Physician-Hospital Alignment

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Program Materials

The CLE webinar will provide hospital counsel with a review of key issues involved when hospitals consider directly employing physicians, including applicable laws, regulations and strategies for structuring employment contracts.


Legal compliance complexities, declining reimbursement, and increased operating expenses are driving more physicians to close their private practices and pursue direct employment with hospitals. Hospitals considering hiring physicians must carefully evaluate the implications.

Hospitals must comply with employment and tax laws, the Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute when selecting an employment/operational model, recruiting physicians, structuring employment contracts, and planning for ongoing physician-hospital alignment.

Listen as our panel of healthcare attorneys explains the key considerations with hospital employment of physicians. The panel will offer strategies for structuring employment relationships that meet federal and state compliance requirements and for negotiating the employment agreement.



  1. Legal considerations
    1. Evaluating and selecting employment/operational models
    2. Anti-Kickback Statute
    3. Stark Law exceptions
    4. Tax law considerations
    5. State law considerations
  2. Physician employment contract and ancillary agreements
    1. Duties and responsibilities
    2. Autonomy
    3. Terms and termination
    4. Compensation/benefits
    5. Incentive pitfalls to avoid
    6. Restrictive covenants


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is driving the trend of increased hospital employment of physicians?
  • What are the key legal concerns for hospitals prior to and when employing physicians?
  • What compensation models have been most attractive or effective for hospitals negotiating employment with physicians?


Lorin E. Patterson
Lorin E. Patterson

Reed Smith

Mr. Patterson assists healthcare clients in the formation and capitalization of physician-owned entities such as...  |  Read More

Nicole J. Aiken-Shaban
Nicole J. Aiken-Shaban

Reed Smith

Ms. Aiken-Shaban’s practice focuses on handling reimbursement, regulatory and transactional matters for a variety...  |  Read More

Jennifer E. Tyler, Esq.
Jennifer E. Tyler, Esq.

Arnall Golden Gregory

Ms. Tyler’s practice focuses on regulatory counseling to a variety of providers, including hospital systems and...  |  Read More

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