AMA Offers New Resources for Physicians Considering Hospital Employment

July 20, 2011 - CHICAGO - As part of its commitment to keeping physicians up-to-date on evolving issues in medicine, the American Medical Association (AMA) today released a new chapter in its physician resource manual, "ACOs, CO-OPs and other Options: A "How-To" Manual for Physicians Navigating a Post-Health Reform World." The new chapterPDF FIle provides an overview of the process and issues to be considered when negotiating a physician-hospital employment agreement.

"In the post-health reform world, hospital employment of physicians may become increasingly popular," said AMA president Peter W. Carmel, M.D. "This new chapter helps physicians who are considering this option fully understand the legal issues surrounding hospital employment so they can avoid pitfalls and negotiate a fair employment contract."

ACOs, CO-OPs and Other Options: A "How-To" Manual for Physicians Navigating a Post-Health Reform World was specifically designed to help physicians thrive in the post-health reform world. Both the new chapterPDF FIle on physician-hospital employment agreements and the full resource manual are available for free on the AMA website.

"The AMA is committed to providing physicians with the resources they need to navigate the changes health reform presents," said Dr. Carmel. "We will continue to expand and update this resource to ensure that physicians are equipped with the information and tools they will need to overcome challenges, take advantage of opportunities and focus on caring for patients."

Another AMA resource available for physicians on this topic, is the e-book, Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement. This resource addresses the specific needs of physicians and their attorneys who are preparing to negotiate employment contracts with hospitals. AMA members may view the interactive Physician-Hospital Agreement online for free. Non-members may purchase access to the current edition through the AMA Bookstore.