Negotiate a Great Contract, Avoid Burnout, and Be Happy


  Interview with Ethan Nkana - Episode 339 In today's episode, Ethan Nkana explains how to negotiate a great contract, avoid burnout, and protect yourself legally. Ethan's advice revolves around empowering physicians to advocate for their best interests, understand the nuances of their contracts, and seek professional assistance for optimal negotiations. Our Show Sponsor We're proud to have the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA Program, offered by the Haslam College of Business, as the sponsor of [...]

Negotiate a Great Contract, Avoid Burnout, and Be Happy2024-02-13T09:47:54-06:00

Get Ready for What Will Happen When You Quit Your Miserable Job – 213


Follow These Steps to Prepare Yourself  Get ready for the financial, legal, and psychosocial consequences of giving notice to your employer or partners. What can you expect, and how should you prepare, when leaving your current position?  […]

Get Ready for What Will Happen When You Quit Your Miserable Job – 2132021-09-13T05:35:34-05:00

What You Need to Know About Physician Recruiting Incentives


If you work for a large medical group or hospital system, you may be involved with recruiting physicians or negotiating employment agreements. It’s a set of skills worth learning because so many systems are on a recruiting binge. Salary levels have consistently grown at single digit rates for years. But the type and size of physician recruiting incentives have been more variable. With the recent release of the Merritt Hawkins 2017 Review of Physicians and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, [...]

What You Need to Know About Physician Recruiting Incentives2017-06-28T11:40:59-05:00

Inflated Physician Compensation Prompts OIG Scrutiny


Modern Healthcare recently reported that Mercy Hospital Springfield and its affiliate clinic settled a case with the Department of Justice for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare (Mercy pays $34 million to settle fraud, physician compensation claims). The case involved allegations of inflated physician compensation at an infusion center. Modern Healthcare quoted the DOJ: “When physicians are rewarded financially for referring patients to hospitals or other healthcare providers, it can affect their medical judgment, resulting in a overutilization [...]

Inflated Physician Compensation Prompts OIG Scrutiny2017-06-17T12:26:34-05:00

Here’s What Happens When You Fail to Communicate


Over the years, I have witnessed some minor disasters that could have been averted with a little better communication and planning. Some of these nightmares were of my doing. Some were by other overconfident leaders who could not find the time nor self-discipline to engage in the fierce conversations that were needed to avert them. But bad things can happen when you fail to communicate consistently. One of the more common traps I've seen involves the contract termination [...]

Here’s What Happens When You Fail to Communicate2017-01-18T22:14:22-06:00

Why Demoralize Your Employed Physicians Over Tail Coverage?


I was sitting across the table with a new family physician recruit for the third time. He was a particularly challenging recruit to work with, but we really needed family physicians. We had added several physician assistants and nurse practitioners and we needed qualified primary care physicians to collaborate with them. We were back to discussing tail coverage. I had explained to the candidate that it was our practice to require tail coverage to be covered by the physician. It was [...]

Why Demoralize Your Employed Physicians Over Tail Coverage?2017-01-01T11:11:33-06:00

Physician Salaries and OIG Risk


I have been following news reports about recent OIG (Office of Inspector General) investigations related to physician compensation. These investigations have resulted in fines related to alleged Stark Law and FCA (False Claims Act) violations. There seems to be more activity recently, including investigations in response to whistle-blower lawsuits. Here is my take: Hospitals and health systems that use survey data (such as MGMA and AMGA) to set compensation levels for newly employed physicians are under intense scrutiny. This scrutiny results [...]

Physician Salaries and OIG Risk2016-09-15T04:27:22-05:00


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