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As a verb, to point to; guide; order; command; instruct. To advise; suggest; request. As an adjective, immediate; proximate; by the shortest course; without circuity; operating by an immediate connection or relation, instead of operating through an intermediary; the opposite of indirect. In the usual or regular course or order, as distinguished from that which diverts, interrupts, or opposes. The opposite of cross, contrary, collateral, or remote. Without any intervening medium, agency, or influence; unconditional.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

DIRECT. Straight forward; not collateral.
     2. The direct line of descents for example, is formed by a series of degrees between persons who descend one from another. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 886.

EVIDENCE, DIRECT. That which applies immediately to the fadum probandum, without any intervening process; as, if A testifies he saw B inflict a mortal wound on C, of which he, instantly died. 1 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 13.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Direct reimbursement dental plans are finding favor with employers such as Citizens Bank, who like the reduction in administrative overhead, the freedom patients have to choose their own dentists, and the absence of complex claims procedures or forms.
At Citizens Bank, Carter says, there is another benefit to the direct reimbursement plan: employee ownership.
Direct Reimbursement for APN and Direct Reimbursement for NP.
Direct reimbursement cannot be accurately achieved without understanding CPT coding.
The modifier codes selected were those that indicated whether the service was provided by a clinical psychologist or clinical social worker (prior to direct reimbursement).
The erosion in psychiatrists' market share began in 1990 and accelerated in 1991 with the extension of direct reimbursement. The percentage choosing psychiatrists as the primary therapist declined to 76 percent in 1992, while psychologists' share increased to 10 percent, and social workers' share reached almost 6 percent.
When the limit was eliminated in 1990 and direct reimbursement was granted to social workers and psychologists, the upward shift to more than $2,200 was very modest (only 0.7 percent).
There can be no question that access to mental health care has improved as a result of the elimination of the benefit cap and the extension of direct reimbursement to non-physician providers.
In Iceland, where direct reimbursements exist, the ministry of industry offers a program that pays back 20% of all costs incurred in the country.
The providers of medical services will bill the State and receive direct reimbursements for these amounts.

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