Whereas terms such as "reimbursement" instead of "payment" and "provider" instead of "physician" really get on some doctors' nerves, the 22,000-member Maryland State Medical Society has resolved to do something about it.
It has introduced a resolution to be debated at the upcoming American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting taking place June 16-20 in Chicago. The resolution would make it AMA policy that the word “payment” be used instead of “reimbursement” in “all communications that relate to financial transactions between physicians and third-party payers.”
The resolution defines reimbursement as “a repayment for expense or loss incurred,” and payment as “the provision of a certain amount of money in exchange for services rendered.” And it notes that payment is a more accurate description because “the physician has not incurred an expense or loss to the third-party payer that would qualify for a 'reimbursement.'”