The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) opposes joint ventures between a hospital or hospital system and a corporate emergency medicine contract management group (CMG) whereby a portion of the emergency physician professional fee is distributed to the hospital or hospital system and the CMG in excess of fair market value for services performed. Such an arrangement may place the emergency physician at risk of participating in prohibited fee-splitting, kickbacks, and the corporate practice of medicine.1
1. DHHS Office of Inspector General. OEI-09-89-00330 Financial Arrangements between hospitals and hospital based physicians.