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starting practice- need for lawyer?

  • 1.  starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 03-12-2018 11:40
    Hello,

    I am starting a solo practice shortly. Need to do figure out lots of things. Trying to keep expenses low.

    Wondering if any of you used a lawyer to review your forms and office lease agreements? I am hoping to have a cash-only practice (don't want the insurance headache and will not have office staff, at least initially).

    Thanks

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    Val M

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  • 2.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 03-13-2018 08:17
    I'm solo-practice cash based without staff yet and I definitely recommend having a lawyer review your office lease before signing. I didn't bother with having him review various other forms used in the office  (HIPAA, patient intake, procedure informed consent, etc) because of copious templates and examples from other offices. I would, however, involve a lawyer when it's time to look into hiring staff.

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    Elizabeth Weeks
    Apple Tree Medicine, PLLC
    Williamsburg VA
    7573783952
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  • 3.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 04-01-2018 08:37
    Thank you. Sorry for the late reply.

    Do you know where I can access the usual forms to use as i start my practice? The Forms section at this site seems to be empty.

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    Valsa
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  • 4.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 03-13-2018 10:00
    Using a lawyer to review and office lease is a good idea.  Also a good idea to use a broker who is familiar with your local commercial real estate market.

    I'm not sure a lawyer would be much help with office forms.  I found some forms from large physician practices in my area and more of less copied theirs.  I haven't had a problem.

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    Michael Barron
    Barron Family Medicine
    University City MO
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  • 5.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 03-13-2018 17:52
    I think for contracts and leases a lawyer is definitely a good investment.  As far as forms, I actually got a lot of them from my malpractice insurance company (CMIC). They have everything from handouts to letters to staff non disclosure agreements in their library and when I asked, helped me with a lot more! (I ask them questions all the time about how to respond to certain situations and requests).  I am not cash only, although I am envious, I enjoy the under-served care too much (I have a lot of medicaid and medicare as well) That said, were I not in the final years of my career I would not be able to do this and do not recommend it to anyone looking to build a nest-egg.

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    naomi rosenberg
    primary care medicine and pediatrics, llc
    Westfield MA
    413 562-1650
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  • 6.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 03-13-2018 17:53
    I forgot, I am med ped and AAP and ACP are both good sources of forms.

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    naomi rosenberg
    primary care medicine and pediatrics, llc
    Westfield MA
    413 562-1650
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  • 7.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 04-01-2018 08:39
    Thank you Michael. Would you be willing to share the forms that you use: if so this is my email:vmri2011@gmail.com

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    Valsa
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  • 8.  RE: starting practice- need for lawyer?

    Posted 04-02-2018 07:30
    Mike,
    Also please consider posting for all in the Med Forms/ Business Doc library.

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    Melissa Weakland MD
    Ballard Neighborhood Doctors
    Seattle WA
    IMP since 2007
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