What Inspires Us
The Brake Group was founded in 2004 to advocate for and empower physicians to leverage the best possible contracts in highly successful practices. Our founder, Amber Brake, is a Health Care Attorney, prior Hospital General Counsel, and she has served in prior Hospital Administrator roles (CEO, COO, and CFO). Through these roles and her experience teaching Health Care Finance at the graduate level she has gained insight to effectively structure competitive arrangements.
The inspiration for this practice came about 20 years ago. As our CEO was working as Hospital COO, see was seeing more and more physicians becoming frustrated with the challenges in practicing medicine, especially hospital-based physicians. A study by the AMA summarized a study as to why Physicians were increasingly being paid less and expected to work more. They concluded, in part, that it was due to Physicians having less control over their practice environment, directly contributing to grossly inequitable contracts. Our skilled associates partner with and for our clients, allowing them to truly focus on what matters most: clinical excellence. Additionally, our CEO saw first-hand how physicians weren’t trained on the business side of medicine; which made it difficult to negotiate the various aspects of contracts, employment agreements, practice responsibilities, etc.
We value the trust that our clients place in us and our service. We proudly serve clients across the US in every specialty, every practice dynamic, and at any level of complexity.
Our company provides the guidance, expertise, and resources necessary to transform each Physician’s vision for their practice into a reality. Our team of professionals specializes in specific areas of the business of medicine (hospital contracts, employment agreements, recruiting & placement, and practice management), providing the resources necessary to empower physicians in achieving the practices they desire. We also help existing practices accelerate their financial and operational success.
Employment Contract Reviews, Partnership Agreements, Acquisition Valuations, Renegotiation, Exit Agreements
Physician Practice Management
Amber L. Brake, JD, MHA, FACHE is the founder and CEO of The Brake Group (formerly The Brake Group for Hospital Based Physicians, LLC) and has more than 20 years of leadership experience in hospital management and health care law. She offers a unique advantage to the physician and physician groups through her extensive experience as both a hospital administrator and health care attorney (both in-house counsel and external counsel). She has held the following leadership roles:
- Hospital CEO, COO, CFO, VP Ancillary Services
- General Counsel
- Regional Counsel, Risk Management & Corporate Compliance Officer
- Senior Corporate Counsel & Regulatory Affairs Leader
- Consulting Business CEO/CFO
- Assistant Professor Health Care Finance
Amber graduated from the #1 ranked health law program with certification in health law (with honors) and a Masters in Health Care Administration. Amber started her career when, as a law student, she worked for a non-profit law firm that advocated for citizens with challenges to their healthcare coverage. She also worked as a House Supervisor during graduate school and learned hospital operations and management from the inner workings of a large hospital. She also was an intern for the US Attorney’s office working on health care fraud and abuse cases.
She moved in-house as legal counsel with a hospital and worked her way into senior management and regional leadership roles for several major health systems.
Amber became board certified in health care management in 2002 and a Fellow (FACHE) in 2004. She has been published in several journals on such topics as ‘Managed Care Accountability for Emergency Care Access & Coverage’ (Journal of Medicine and Law, Fall 1998) and ‘Challenges to Tax Exempt Status for Nonprofit Hospitals’ (Journal of Healthcare Management, Sept. 2005).
She is admitted to both the Wisconsin and Arizona bars, and works with clients nationwide in accordance with the ABA’s rules on multi-jurisdictional practice. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Medical Group Management Association. She is an invited speaker at various physician group conferences, industry leadership panels, and healthcare seminars with a variety of white papers and industry guidance.
Working with The Brake Group
When you partner with The Brake Group, you will meet our CEO, Amber Brake. Amber has direct involvement in each client’s plan & services and plays an integral role with every individual client.
Our approach is that we’re partners. Our team is dedicated to ensuring a better career, more competitive compensation/benefits/equity, finding ideal job offers, and helping your practice to achieve better operational and financial success. We are a data-centric organization, and many of our clients come exclusively for our Signature 360-Degree Due Diligence Assessment. We are renown for our estate planning services as well.
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