Physician non-compete laws state by state

Courtesy FlickrWe’ve previously discussed how to determine how much you are worth as a physician and RVUs. You are presented with a contract with a restrictive covenant, or non-compete clause. A restrictive covenant clause often stipulates that if you leave the hospital that recruited you, you may be prohibited from practicing in a certain geography from the hospital for a period of time. Essentially it prevents you from competing with the employer for the same group of patients.
The enforceability of these clauses vary by state. You should check with a legal counsel who is familiar with your state’s laws before you consider signing any contracts. At last that I had checked, the following states deem non-competes to be not enforceable:
  • Alabama
  • Arizona (maybe)
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Iowa (maybe)
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee (maybe)
  • Texas (maybe)

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