1. The amount of "on-call hours" per week and the compensation for such;
2. The amount of malpractice insurance provided to the physician and whether the employer will pay for this;
3. All work locations, and a statement that the employer will not add work locations without the approval of the state or federal agency requesting the waiver;
4. The contract may not contain a "non-compete" clause.
The proposed law also provides that when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service determines that "extenuating circumstances" exist, the physician could change employers during the three-year required period of employment in an underserved area.
"This is important because some employers have taken unfair advantage of physicians who they have sponsored for J waivers," Shusterman says. "For example, some employers have failed to pay a physician at the prevailing wage or have insisted that a physician work outside of the designated medically-underserved area for 40 hours per week. If the physician does not claim 'extenuating circumstances,' he or she needs not only to complete the 3-year period in a medically underserved area, but also an extra year for each termination."