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Hospital Employment of Physicians: Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Compliance, Physician-Hospital Alignment

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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


There has been no slowdown in the trend toward physician employment by hospitals. 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 relevant issues:

  • What are the critical legal concerns of hospitals before and when employing physicians?
  • What steps should counsel take to ensure compliance with the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute?
  • What are the most successful compensation models for hospitals negotiating employment with physicians?


Patterson, Lorin
Lorin E. Patterson

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

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

Rostolsky, Brad
Brad M. Rostolsky

Reed Smith

Mr. Rostolsky assists hospitals on arrangements with physicians, such as joint ventures, physician recruitment,...  |  Read More

Tyler, Jennifer
Jennifer E. Tyler

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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