Author Topic: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign  (Read 2342 times)

ajnew009

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This site is so awesome.  I am a new start up and just reading all the infomation given in the comments are such a blessing. I am in the marketing stages. I need to have copies of contracts when I do have a doctor that will sign with me. Where do I go to find a general one that I can tweak as needed. I have found a few on line just by searching google. Does anyone have any recommendations.



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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009, 04:45:26 PM »
Angela,
You can find samples on the internet but it's my opinion that it's in YOUR best interest to seek the advice of an attorney. The ones you will find on the internet are 2-3 pages best and won't even begin to cover all the necessary things your contract has to have. MANY of us have had to learn the hard way by using those sample contracts.
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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009, 05:51:58 PM »
Linda, Thanks much for your advice.

Angela

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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 09:26:28 PM »
Linda is on the money.  Most Ive seen are very incomplete.  Some dont discuss termination.  Many forum questions are what does the biller do when terminated.  Our lawyer created a 20 page contract.  The majority of the contract was what to do when terminating the billing company.  So pay the $125 for an atorneys advice.  As is said.  A person that represents themselves has a fool for an attorney.   If the contract dont fit, you need to acquit.  And you cant us the Chewbacka defense. 
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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 09:47:32 PM »
Linda represents me  ;D

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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009, 11:18:04 PM »
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Linda represents me  Grin

Send me your contract and I promise I'll find lots of loopholes and problems and then you won't need representation!  LOL

Here's the advice I give when you are putting together information needed to get your contract rolling. First keep it simple, don't worry about legal jargon, the attorney will add that. Sit down and make a list of all the things that could go wrong (this should be a lengthy list) Then make a list of all the services you will be providing. Keep in mind that you will not be creating a ONE size fits all contract however your attorney can keep a draft and certain things you can add/delete as necessary. When looking for a lawyer don't expect to find one that has dealt with medical billing. You can find a good General practice attorney (one that specializes in contracts is a good fit) show him your lists and from there he can create a good contract for you. The reason behind the lists is to cut down on your costs, even the best contract attorney isn't going to know YOUR business so you have to present him with your expectations. Since I am/was primarily doing consulting work my contracts were very different so I opted to keep my attorney on retainer. That also comes in handy when I have something come up. I pay him $1300 a year and I get to bug him as much as I want <g> To me it's worth it. When I started out I paid an attorney $320 to take my pitiful 2 page contract and help me turn it into a real contract, when we were done the result was 11 pages. Today my standard full practice management contract is 13 Pages. 
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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 11:49:24 PM »
Thanks Linda and Charlene. You ladies are really helpful.

I hope that your businesses continue to prosper even the more.

Coming from someone that is just getting started with my business your input is so valuable and so thoughtful of yall to share. I hope that I am not getting to mushy 

Angela

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Re: new start up and need to know copies of contracts for doctors to sign
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2009, 06:40:30 AM »
Thanks for that Linda, I'm sure that advice will help a lot of people!

Michele
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