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HHS backs flat-rate payment arrangements
Modern Healthcare

In a favorable advisory opinion, HHS‘ inspector general’s office has blessed a tricky type of compensation arrangement that is becoming more popular among hospitals: paying specialty physicians flat rates to cover on-call shifts in emergency departments.

More hospitals have begun paying specialists such as cardiologists, neurosurgeons and urologists flat, “per diem” rates for on-call emergency-room services above what the doctors receive from insurers for providing the care because the jobs can be tough for some hospitals to fill without paying extra.

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