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Whistleblower Suit Spotlights Standards of Care and Time Element for Physician Services

When it comes to determining fair market value compensation for physicians, the time element related to physician services should be considered. For most physician procedures, there is a standard of care that requires the rendering physician to spend a certain amount of time performing the service. While highly productive physicians are greatly appreciated, physicians should not be incentivized to see too many patients in too short of a time frame. Physicians serving too many patients per unit of time may be providing (perceived or real) substandard care. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a nearly $1.6 million settlement related to alleged upcoding and substandard care at a

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