I recently released an episode talking about labor markets in anesthesia and the regional sensitivity around this issue, reviewing a specific case study recorded not far from Washington. Today I have the pleasure of talking to Scott Vanderleest, President at Bellingham Anesthesia Association. In this episode, Scott will be giving us some context regarding this circumstance and how his practice had to navigate it recently as it relates to employment agreements for their physicians. He also provides some helpful information to allow us to understand the way forward for private groups of his profile.

Listen in to hear about the positives of being in a noncompete, as well as how this actually decreases variability in wages, hours, and more. You will learn how Scott’s group processed the consent agreement, what the consent agreement resulted in, and his advice for any practice leaders looking to get ahead of things.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • The changes Washington state recently made.
  • Why you may have a noncompete.
  • The greater variables that not being a noncompete may bring.
  • How noncompetes are beneficial to the community.
  • What the consent agreement resulted in.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

“There are pro-competitive effects of having a noncompete.” – Dr. Scott Vanderleest

“[Being in a noncompete] provides a better work environment for the group, which then benefits the community. ” – Dr. Scott Vanderleest

“There is no disagreement that what we ended up agreeing on is more restrictive on us as a corporation than what the legislature seemed to intend.” – Dr. Scott Vanderleest

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