Chiropractic Associate Contracts

As the chiropractic associate contract evolves, many doctors are choosing to employ associates. This is a great way to reduce the workload, expand their practice and share costs for rent, supplies and malpractice insurance.

But a successful contractual relationship depends on the DCs discussing their wants and needs with one another prior to writing a contract. Otherwise, both parties may spend time with lawyers, accountants and other advisors getting caught up in the minutia of the paperwork while the bigger picture puzzle remains unsolved.

Exploring Chiropractic Associate Contracts

To avoid legal disputes, disagreements and the risk of losing valuable patients, it is important to clearly define the associate’s role and responsibilities in a written employment agreement. The contract should also include a clear compensation outline, whether it is fixed salary or performance-based incentives. The agreement should also include a non-compete and non-solicit clause, if applicable.

Lastly, the contract should specify how vacation and sick leave are managed and who maintains full office hours during periods of vacation. It should also include the terms and conditions for termination of the contract, including any probationary period.

Additionally, the contract should clarify the chiropractic assistant’s responsibilities when it comes to protecting PHI. This is typically done with a HIPAA “Business Associate Agreement.” This ensures that the chiropractor has received assurances from the associate that they will adequately safeguard patient records. It also shifts liability in the event of a data breach from the chiropractor to the associate.

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