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Don't underestimate the value of a well-defined contract

Give the definitions section of your contracts some muscle to strengthen your case should you ever have to take on a payer in a lawsuit. You might even find that strong contract language can help to keep you out of the courts altogether. Too often, the language in definitions is vague and left open to misinterpretation or for the payer's interpretation, as the case may be. Use consultants or attorneys with whom you either have prior experience or who have been personally referred to you by a trustworthy source. These advisors should be able to review proposed contracts and find the weak spots that need more precise language, further clarification, or detailed description.