BackTable / VI / Podcast / Episode #187
Dealing with Exclusive Contracts & Non-Competes
with Dr. Preston Smith and Patrick Souter, Esq.
Interventional Radiologist Dr. Preston Smith and healthcare attorney Patrick Souter join us to discuss strategies for navigating the legal world of non-compete agreements and exclusive contracts.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, February 14). Ep. 187 – Dealing with Exclusive Contracts & Non-Competes [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Preston Smith
Dr. Preston Smith is a private practice vascular and interventional radiologist in Austin, Texas.
Patrick Souter, Esq.
Patrick Souter is a lawyer and a professor of Healthcare Studies at Baylor University School of Law. in Texas.
First, we review the vocabulary and examples of each type of agreement. Mr. Souter emphasizes that contrary to popular misconceptions, non-compete agreements are enforceable, as long as they are reasonable in scope, geographic location, and time frame. Additionally, he calls attention to “backdoor noncompetes,” which are clauses that, while not officially called “noncompetes,” still restrict a physician’s ability to practice medicine in a certain location. These include non-circumvention and non-solicitation agreements. Dr. Smith advises listeners to be wary of any terms that seem far-reaching or unreasonable, and to have a legal professional review the terms of the agreement.
Next, we discuss exclusive contracts between large radiology practices and hospitals. While they are legal, they cannot be entered into for antitrust purposes of trying to prevent others from entering the marketplace. Exclusive contracts can serve as a barrier for independently practicing IRs to gain hospital privileges. Mr. Souter advises independent IRs to speak with hospital CMOs and provide reasonable explanations for why their services would be efficient and necessary for quality patient care.
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