About Us

Jon Appino

We are a nationwide consulting company, not a law firm, and the ONLY company that specializes 100% in physician contract review. It’s our passion and why we started this company. Please join us in redefining the physician contract review process.

Our team of contract review specialists has served many thousands of physicians in all specialties across all 50 states.

Contract Diagnostics was formed in 2011 and has been Jon’s passion ever since. He is dedicated to the education of physicians in the non-clinical (business) aspect of medicine. As the White Coat Investor says, he wants you to have a ‘fair shake’ when it comes to all things contracts. He has built a great team to assist in serving the clients of Contract Diagnostics.

Our experts will give you a 360-degree contract review, and will compare your compensation, benefits, and other terms to our data, so you have a better idea of whether your offer is standard, fantastic, or needs a little work. Since physician contract reviews are all we do, we have a great frame around market norms, trends, and what you should expect, all customized to your specific situation, state, and specialty of course.

“We make sure you sign a contract you not only understand but can be proud of.”

“We started this company to help people, not to make money. We figured if we helped enough people, we would make some money. We’ve not strayed from this since. We run a boutique service here where everyone feels they are the only client. We make it simple for you to sign up, we understand your ever-changing schedules, and are here for you in virtually any capacity through this important process. We have created a better way of doing Physician Contract Reviews.”

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We believe there is a better way of doing physician contract reviews.

We believe there is a better way of doing physician contract reviews.

MEET THE TEAM

JON APPINO, MBA

FOUNDER & CEO

Jon Appino has over two decades in healthcare, including the past 13 years growing Contract Diagnostics to what it is today. One of his main strategies is physician education in contract and compensation structures to develop partnerships with the physician. His proactive, dynamic style has proven successful in helping physicians achieve their best career outcomes with both prospective and existing employers. He is highly accessible and always willing to communicate with physicians on an individual basis. In some instances, Jon has navigated more favorable decisions even when physicians were told there was no negotiation, or the offer was final. Jon’s expertise, experience, and commitment are unmatched in the arena of physician compensation and benefits contract negotiations. As Contract Diagnostics Founder and CEO, he has been involved in over 10,000 physician contracts.

DR. KATHRYN SARNOSKI, MD

DIRECTOR OF PHYSICIAN EDUCATION

Dr. Sarnoski is a board-certified, practicing OB/GYN and Director of Physician Education at Contract Diagnostics. From her personal experience as a physician, she recognizes there is no single best contract for every physician. Her expertise is in helping fellow physicians identify their personal goals and values, understand exactly what they are signing, negotiate the terms that support their goals and values, and ultimately be educated and empowered in the process. 

Dr. Sarnoski is a Yale University graduate who completed her MD at the University of Wisconsin and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been a part of many successful health care systems, including Advocate Aurora Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

JILLIAN VESTAL, J.D.

Senior Contract Review Specialist

Jillian Vestal is a licensed attorney specializing in physician contracting. Jillian received her undergraduate degree in public relations from Harding University and earned her J.D. at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to her time at Contract Diagnostics, she worked in the office of former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and then for the state Department of Health. After leaving the public sector, Jillian worked in government relations for healthcare clients and later as staff attorney for a health system. In that role, she was involved in compliance matters, fair market analysis, and contract review among other things. Since joining CDx, Jillian has reviewed hundreds of contracts for physicians all over the country, in various specialties, helping them better understand their contracts and negotiate the best deal for themselves.

PETE

Senior Contract Review Specialist

Pete has extensive healthcare experience including 17 years of experience negotiating physician and NP/PA agreements and agreements with hospitals for several national physician provider companies. Since joining CDx in March 2020, Pete has fulfilled his desire to help physicians understand their contracts and get the best contract possible. At Pete’s past positions he saw too many physicians, NPs and PAs signing contracts too quickly when he knew the companies had room to negotiate. He also felt that the physicians, NPs and PAs probably didn’t understand the risks they took on when signing their contracts like termination provisions, noncompetes, and tail insurance. He has been thrilled to have been able to help so many physicians here at CDx through their contract processes.

LAURA VIOZZI, J.D.

Associate Contract Review Specialist

Laura received her JD from Widener University and began practicing in the area of insurance defense, later transitioning to work in higher education, estate and family law, contract negotiation and mediation. Joining one of the largest healthcare systems in the Midwest several years ago, Laura found her passion, combining her legal skills with her love of building strong, healthy communities. She is involved with system leaders, residents and fellows, contributes to recruitment and retention efforts, and is involved from the offer to execution stages of physician agreements. This experience gives Laura the skillset needed to interpret the minutia of provider service agreements. She brings a wealth of skills and motivation to help empower Contract Diagnostic customers with the education, guidance and support they need to reach the professional and financial goals they desire.

ANU MURTHY, Esq.

Associate Contract Review Specialist

Anu Murthy is an experienced healthcare and intellectual property attorney and practice consultant with a focus on physicians, dentists, and advanced care practitioners. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and firmly believes that thorough contract explanation, negotiation, and drafting are paramount to a healthcare provider’s success and protection. Over the years, Anu has held senior leadership roles within diverse healthcare ecosystems, ranging from academic, not-for-profit, and private equity sectors, where she led recruitment, service line expansion, and practice acquisitions.

In 2020, Anu chose to return to her roots, working directly with healthcare professionals to navigate the business aspects of their lives. Her extensive experience gives her clients a unique edge in reviewing healthcare transactions and her broad industry network offers valuable insights into market trends. Anu’s insider perspective, coupled with her dedication to her client’s interests, sets her apart in her field.

SELENA KANETKAR, J.D.

Associate Contract Review Specialist

Selena Kanetkar is a licensed attorney whose practice area is focused on healthcare contracts and negotiations. Selena earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is passionate about helping clients understand both the attorney’s risks and business perspective needs behind their contracts. Prior to joining Contract Diagnostics, Selena worked for a hospital system as a practice consultant on a variety of complex matters ranging from physician employment agreements, fair market value analysis, practice acquisitions, and intellectual property.

JAN SCHMITZ

Director of Operations

Meet Jan Schmitz, the glue that holds Contract Diagnostics together. Her exceptional customer service skills ensure everything runs smoothly for our clients. As a skilled administrator, she manages employees, system processes, and data collection for analysis. Her bookkeeping and accounting expertise keeps our finances in order. With unwavering loyalty and passion for her job, Jan is a valuable asset to our team. She enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Lexie, going to the movies, and keeping things simple in her free time. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in finance.

How a Physician Employment Contract Review Works

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Average Turn-Around Time Of 3-5 Days for Contract Reviews (Rush Reviews Available)

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Step 1: Call Us

After a simple online sign-up process that can be done from any phone or computer, you will have a dedicated time slot and we will get to work.

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Step 2: We Start Working

During your dedicated 1-hour phone consult, we identify your personal preferences and background story. We do care and feel it plays a big role in what and how you request items and/or clarifications. Your family and career goals are important to us! Once we have a clear idea of what your needs are, we will then be able to formulate our strategy accordingly. Physician contracts are a tricky business sometimes and we are here to help you in getting what is best for you.

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Step 3: Discussion with You

We discuss your entire agreement, including the compensation and benefits offered, and specify what we recommend you negotiate, change, discuss, or clarify. We will break the agreement and expectations down into layman’s terms you understand. We will answer all your questions and speak your language. You will exit this call with a specific plan of action, all customized to your specific situation. You will also be informed of our affordable flat fee packages so that you have a clear idea of our costs.

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Step 4: Done!

Depending on the package you select, you will have access to us throughout the entire process. Even after the contract review and negotiation has taken place, our physician contract team will be here for additional calls, re-reviewing the agreement for changes, and answering all questions as you do your due diligence. We want to be sure you understand all and are proud of the future physician employment agreement with your employer.

Get the dedicated and dynamic team on your side who understands your story

Whether it’s a compensation review or a contract negotiation, you will have peace of mind knowing that your due diligence resulted in the best possible package for your career and family.