Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas

“I consider HPC the experts in the realm of Hospital Based Physician Groups and related issues...Without hesitation I recommend HPC for such engagements.”

—William (Bill) Webster, CEO
Medical Center Hospital
Odessa, TX



Dr. Hellstern's article Popping Up Like Weeds was the #3 Article of 2015 on ACEP Now. Ron is on the EDBA faculty.

Contract Negotiation and Contract Mediation

hospital contract negotiation

Hospital Contract Negotiation

To be meaningful, clinical service contracts must be thoughtfully constructed and carefully negotiated. Even when these efforts are successful these same contracts must be periodically renegotiated! These confrontations can be time-consuming to the parties involved and potentially disruptive to the hospital/physician relationship.

Negotiation Complexities

Negotiations often break down for the following reasons:

  • one or both parties fail to effectively communicate their interests
  • hospitals and practices rely on lawyers and advocates to aggressively secure their demands
  • one or both parties fixate on a “win-lose” outcome

The consequence of poor negotiation is that key relationships can be damaged even if an agreement is reached. And the risk of failed negotiation continues to rise as the competition for contracts intensifies. The loss of a contract represents a dramatic change in your professional life—it can also mean significant changes in your personal life as well.

How We Help

HPC has successfully represented both hospitals and hospital-based physicians in their negotiations and we can certainly serve as your advocate in your negotiations. But having represented both doctors and administrators, we have a unique perspective of the interests of each party.

Mediation for Healthy Relationships

In lieu of the usual contentious and disruptive discussions, consider relying on HPC to mediate an agreement that effectively addresses the real interests and objectives of both parties.

Serving as a neutral intermediary, HPC can facilitate the negotiations, safeguard the relationship and “coach” the participants on the process.