Letter to Wellstar Health System CEO: Not Enforcing Non-Compete Clause in Contracts as they Prepare to Close

Dear Ms. Saunders,

On behalf of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), we write in support of Senator Warnock’s letter to encourage you to remove the non-compete clauses within physician contracts due to the closing of Wellstar Health System.

AAEM is the specialty society of board-certified emergency physicians representing over 8,000 members. The Academy supports fair and equitable practice environments necessary to allow the specialist in emergency medicine to deliver the highest quality of patient care. Such an environment includes the absence of restrictive covenants or “non-compete clauses” in physician contracts. The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) welcomes any discourse related to relief from the unfair use of noncompete clauses in the employment contracts of practicing emergency physicians.

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