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fee splitting

The unethical practice of returning to the referring health care provider a portion of the fee received from a patient who is seen in consultation.
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Issues related to fee splitting and permissible corporate structures have been the issues most frequently posed to the board.
The board held that this agreement was not prohibited under the fee splitting statute.
The board held that the return on the physicians' investment would be proportionate to ownership interest, and, therefore, would not violate the fee splitting statute.
The board held that this arrangement constituted indirect payments to the clinics in the "circuit" for referrals and, therefore, was prohibited under the fee splitting statute.
YLD President Gordon Glover said, "I think that if we can formulate the comment in a way that a graduated scale that is not fee splitting, that's best.
While he said small fixed fees for routine legal services might not be a problem, in higher value cases "the corrupting effect of fee splitting is that it influences your independent judgment on how to handle a case.
Avvo prepared a white paper on the new service, saying it was not fee splitting because the entire payment would be passed through the company to the lawyer who would then pay back to the company its fee.
Schwait said the issue was complicated because an inquiring lawyer received a Bar staff ethics opinion about LawButler that the proposed arrangement did not constitute prohibited fee splitting because the company planned to collect information from clients,
Staff gave an opinion that the fee arrangement--as described on the LawButler website--was impermissible fee splitting as it involved collecting information from clients, matching clients to a specific lawyer, charging a referral fee only when the lawyer accepted the case, and having the lawyer bill the fee back to the client.
Both the Professional Ethics Committee and the Standing Committee on Advertising voted unanimously that the proposed fee arrangement was impermissible fee splitting.
Supporters of that vote noted that the Social Security Administration allows nonlawyers to represent others in administrative hearings and that fee splitting is not involved if the fee goes to the firm and not the paralegal.
4 (which embodies the prohibitions on fee splitting and partnerships) has been adopted in some version by almost every jurisdiction except the District of Columbia.