In forming IPAs, the corporate practice of medicine doctrine and the employee benefits laws may conflict if the physicians members of the IPA desire to maintain employee benefits packages in addition to those of the IPA.
The corporate practice of medicine doctrine prohibits corporations from providing medical services unless the corporation is controlled by licensed physicians.(100) The doctrine therefore encourages physicians to form physician groups as professional corporations.
(75) Lisa Rediger Hayward, Comment, Revising Washington's Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine, 71 Wash.
If a particular state enforces the corporate practice of medicine doctrine
, MCV organizers will need to either plan around it or determine whether the benefits of forming an "integrated joint venture" outweigh the risks of violating the doctrine.