External Factors for Consultant Healthcare Epidemiologists
Physician self-referral law or “Stark Law”:
Prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain services payable by Medicare to an entity with which the physician has a financial relationship.
Per federal law, hospitals shall not pay extra to a doctor in order to get admissions, referrals, or other inducements.
Harmonize your rate across payors (e.g. hospitals with which you have a contract) to avoid inurement.
Salary/hourly rate schedule:
Check comparable reports for administrative and clinical salaries.
If applicable to the position you are seeking, calculate separate hourly rate for the activity of legal case review.
Ensure clinical duties do not get enmeshed in a contract for administrative work, which would change the classification of the contract.
Make sure the rate covers your overhead costs. This can be mitigated by increasing the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) percentile, calculating an administrative vs. clinical rate, and/or adding region adjustment.