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A compensation paid for particular acts, services, or labor, generally those that are performed in the line of official duties or a particular profession. An interest in land; an estate of inheritance.

An estate is an interest in land, and a fee, in this sense, is the shortened version of the phrase fee simple. A fee simple is the greatest estate that an individual may have in the land because it is total ownership of the land including all structures attached thereto. It is complete ownership absent all conditions, limitations, or restrictions upon alienation, which is its sale or transfer to another.

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n. 1) absolute title in land, from old French, fief, for "payment," since lands were originally given by lords to those who served them. It often appears in deeds which transfer title as "Mary Jo Rock grants to Howard Takitall in fee..." or similar phraseology. The word "fee" can be modified to show that the title was "conditional" on some occurrence or could be terminated ("determinable") upon a future event.. 2) a charge for services. (See: fee simple)

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in English law an interest in land that was inheritable, but the term is now only relevant in the context of the phrase FEE SIMPLE ABSOLUTE IN POSSESSION. In Scots law, used to denote the full and unlimited right in capital or land that is otherwise subject to the personal servitude of a LIFE RENT.
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Because of their high costs, many of the fee-for-service plans have begun offering a preferred provider organization (PPO) to limit costs, while keeping some choice of doctor for enrollees.
The importance of provider incentives for utilization management has not been lost on fee-for-service plans. EPOs are trying to use profit sharing as a way to encourage efficiency.
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Type of health care plan that, like a fee-for-service plan, pays expenses as they are incurred.
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A private fee-for-service plan is defined as a plan that reimburses doctors, hospitals and other providers on a fee-for-service basis, does not place them at risk, does not vary payment rates based on utilization, and does not restrict which doctor or hospital the member can use.
Based on previous readmission cost data, the Medicare fee-for-service plan could have saved nearly $5 billion if it had had the same readmission rate as the ACHP plans in the study, Dr.
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With an indemnity, or fee-for-service plan, there is no network of preapproved providers, so an employee can choose to visit any doctor or hospital he or she wishes.
Julian says that McKesson's conversations with manufacturers concerning the fee-for-service plan have been positive, and he believes that supplier partners appreciate the fact that McKesson must be compensated for the value of programs and services it delivers.
The company withdrew Sterling Option 1, its Medicare private fee-for-service plan. Enrollees will be automatically removed Dec.