Opinion 7-10: A Panacea For The On-Call Conundrum?
November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EST
Law360 (November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a long-awaited favorable advisory opinion approving a hospital paying physicians for providing on-call coverage. Will this cure a hospital's headache caused by the need for patient care in the emergency room and physicians' lack of coverage, or will the criteria prescribed by the OIG be too restrictive for most situations?
The first advisory opinion directly affecting a hospital's payment to physicians for on-call coverage was issued by the OIG in Advisory Opinion...