Q&A: Free care for referrals?

Understand whether to offer free care to the family and staff of referring doctors.

Q: I've been thinking about offering free care to the families and staff of referring doctors, for referring patients. Are there any guidelines?

It's a good idea to talk to a medical practice attorney or refer to your state and federal guidelines before engaging in business practices considered standard in other industries that may be illegal in the medical field.

Answers to readers' questions were provided Medical Economics consultant Keith C. Borglum, CHBC, Professional Management and Marketing, Santa Rosa, California. Send your practice management questions to medec@advanstar.com