Payment & Practice Management  |   June 2016
Locum Tenens: Make Sure You Know the Rules
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Payment & Practice Management   |   June 2016
Locum Tenens: Make Sure You Know the Rules
ASA Monitor 06 2016, Vol.80, 62-63.
ASA Monitor 06 2016, Vol.80, 62-63.
Is your practice using locum tenens to fill in or substitute for a physician’s absence due to illness, pregnancy, vacation or continuing education? Are you considering a locum tenens arrangement to temporarily replace a physician who has left the practice? If so, it is important that you understand the rules and regulations for billing Medicare for these services.
Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that means “to hold the place of, to substitute for.” For Medicare purposes, a “regular doctor” is the physician normally scheduled to see his/her patients or a physician who has left a practice. The locum tenens or “substitute physician” is the doctor who fills in for the “regular doctor.”
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