VUMC faculty and staff provide a wide range of professional services to other entities. There are other instances where professional services are provided to VUMC. Sometimes these agreements are drafted by our office, and sometimes by the other entity.
These agreements require review by the Office of General Counsel, due to the complexities of anti-kickback and other statutes. We work closely with the reviewing attorneys, but this process can take time. Thus, we always appreciate as much advance notice as possible.
When preparing a scope of service for a professional services agreement, please be as detailed as possible. It is important that we are very clear what services are being provided, so that we can be sure we have met our obligations. In writing the scope, it can be helpful to think about how the contemplated activity fits into our overall mission of teaching, research, and education.
We also need a detailed budget, with indication of how the cost was calculated, to be sure that it reflects fair market value. If employees of another institution will be providing services at VUMC, background checks will often be required.