OIG Allows Hospital to Compensate Physicians for Providing Emergency Department Call Coverage

In Advisory Opinion No. 12-15, posted October 30, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) signaled its continued acceptance of properly structured paid call arrangements whereby hospitals compensate physicians for providing call coverage for emergency departments. While the Advisory Opinion does not offer much new or additional insight into the OIG’s thinking on the issue, it does provide comfort to hospitals that adopted paid call systems in light of the OIG’s earlier opinions on the topic (see Advisory Opinions Nos. 09-05 and 07-10).

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