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As used in this section and section 334.253, the following terms mean:
(1) “Board”, the state board of registration for the healing arts in the state of Missouri;
(2) “Entity”, any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, or other business entity which provides, furnishes, or refers physical therapy services;
(3) “Fair market value”, value in arms length transactions, consistent with the general market value and, with respect to rentals or leases, the value of rental property for general commercial purposes, not taking into account its intended use, and, in the case of a lease of space, not adjusted to reflect the additional value the prospective lessee or lessor would attribute to the proximity or convenience to the lessor where the lessor is a potential source of patient referrals to the lessee;
(4) “Joint venture”, any ownership or investment interest or compensation arrangement between physicians and an entity providing physical therapy services;
(5) “Physician”, any physician licensed under chapter 334;
(6) “Referral”, any referral or prescription, written or verbal, for physical therapy service;
(7) “Remuneration” includes any remuneration, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in-cash or in-kind arising out of a compensation arrangement of any kind. Remuneration does not include any payment by a lessee or lessor for the use of premises or equipment as long as all of the following five standards are met:
(a) The lease agreement is set out in writing and signed by the parties;
(b) The lease specifies the premises or equipment covered by the lease;
(c) If the lease is intended to provide the lessee with access to the premises or to the equipment for periodic intervals of time, rather than on a full-time basis for a term of the lease, the lease shall specify exactly the schedule of such intervals, their precise length, and the exact rent for such intervals;
(d) The term of the lease is not for less than one year;
(e) The aggregate rental charge is set in advance, is consistent with fair market in arms length transactions, and is not determined in a manner that takes into account the volume or value of any referrals or business otherwise generated between the parties;
(8) “Rural area”, a county with a population density of no greater than one hundred persons per square mile, as defined by the latest United States Census.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXII. Occupations and Professions § 334.252. Physicians prohibited referral to certain physical therapists, definitions - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/mo/title-xxii-occupations-and-professions/mo-rev-st-334-252/
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