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, May 14, 2014

Recorded event now available

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Course Materials

The CLE course 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.


New 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 questions:

  • 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?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Barry, Michael
R. Michael Barry

Arnall Golden Gregory

Mr. Barry is a partner in the firm's Health Care and Life Sciences and Corporate Law Practices. His areas of...  |  Read More

Lorin E. Patterson
Lorin E. Patterson

Reed Smith

He focuses on healthcare joint venture formation, planning and development. He assists healthcare clients in the...  |  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

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