Incorporate co-terminus language into physician employment agreements

One very common clause in a physician employment agreement is “co-terminus” language, which addresses whether clinical privileges are tied to the employment contract. If they are, then physicians automatically lose their clinical privileges if the employment contract is terminated. This agreement is between the physician and the employer. As such, it is a clear example of the fact that when an employment agreement with the physician exists, that agreement trumps the medical staff bylaws, which generally state that privileges exist until they are either voluntarily resigned or involuntarily removed (with results from ongoing professional practice evaluation for competency of course).

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