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Lucy Sonnamaker

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The Surprising Complexity of Physician Payment and Reimbursement

Posted by Lucy Sonnamaker on Sep 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Paying a physician for administrative time is easy, right? You write a contract, the doctor turns in a time log, someone signs off on it and a check gets sent out. Easy, right?

In the words of the great Cher Horowitz, “As if!” (Clueless, 1995)

I (among other things) read contracts for a living and figured something out long ago: physician contracts are rarely written by the people who need to administer them. If they were, they’d make sense and be easy to use. Instead, they’re written to be legal, compliant, cost effective and to help with physician alignment. This leads to physician compensation plans that are difficult to administer.

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