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    Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    Would you like to give me a grammatical analysis for this?

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    "Specifically, Hamot identified physicians who referred a high volume of patients and/or had potential to refer a high volume of patients for special treatment and offered remuneration to them in the guise of sham contracts for medical directorships or other similar personal service arrangements," according to the lawsuit.

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    It means the gave them positions as directors, but not genuine positions, as a way of paying them for referring patients. This is, presumably, trying to get round restrictions on paying them directly to refer.

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It means the gave them positions as directors, but not genuine positions, as a way of paying them for referring patients. This is, presumably, trying to get round restrictions on paying them directly to refer.

    Is it possible that the sham contracts are between the physicians of two hispitals (Medicor Associates Inc—and its affiliate Flagship Cardiac, Vascular, and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS)—and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot (formerly known as Hamot Medical Center) ?

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    Dr Tullio Emanuele, who worked at Medicor and Hamot Medical Center from 2001 to 2005, filed the suit and claims that Medicor engaged in illegal "kickbacks" with Hamot Medical Center and referred cardiac patients to the hospital. In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Hamot signed contracts with Medicor and Flagship CVTS, valued at $75 000 per physician and as high as $525 000 per year, and the doctors would refer patients in need of medical procedures to Hamot Medical Center.

    "Specifically, Hamot identified physicians who referred a high volume of patients and/or had potential to refer a high volume of patients for special treatment and offered remuneration to them in the guise of sham contracts for medical directorships or other similar personal service arrangements," according to the lawsuit.




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    "Is it possible that the sham contracts are between the physicians of two hispitals (sic)"

    No, the contracts were between the hospital(s) and several different physicians.

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    "Is it possible that the sham contracts are between the physicians of two hispitals (sic)"

    No, the contracts were between the hospital(s) and several different physicians.
    Thank you.

    In the context ("Specifically, Hamot identified physicians who referred a high volume of patients and/or had potential to refer a high volume of patients for special treatment and offered remuneration to them in the guise of sham contracts for medical directorships or other similar personal service arrangements," according to the lawsuit. )

    Who offered remuneration to them (whom?)?

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    Who offered remuneration to them?
    Hamot, the Western Pennsylvania Hospital chain, offered payments to physicians.

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Who offered remuneration to them?
    Hamot, the Western Pennsylvania Hospital chain, offered payments to physicians.
    Got it.
    Thank you.

    PS. I think the exact meaning of "identified" has boggled me. What does it mean?

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    As used in your example, identified means: single out, pick out, spot, point out, pinpoint.

    The hospital singled out (picked out, spotted, pointed out, pinpointed) physicians to whom they would make payments...

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    As used in your example, identified means: single out, pick out, spot, point out, pinpoint.

    The hospital singled out (picked out, spotted, pointed out, pinpointed) physicians to whom they would make payments...
    A cool usage.

    Like a fly bites an egg with cracks on its shell?

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    Re: Fail to understand the relationship between patients and medical directorships

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    A cool usage.

    Like a fly bites an egg with cracks on its shell?
    That is an odd saying. What does it mean?

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