American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Ethical Aspects of Fee-Splitting

AMA Code of Medical Ethics

Opinion 6.02

"Payment by or to a physician solely for the referral of a patient is fee splitting and is unethical."

AMA Institute for Ethics

American Medical News 4/27/98, p.21

"Ethical aspects of establishing a group's compensation plan hinge on ensuring that physician professional rewards reflect professional activity (patient care services) rather than such factors as ownership, longevity or name recognition, which smack of fee-splitting."