I agree with your "thoughts" that the scenario you described does not apply for locum tenens...
A resident is not a locum tenens. Residents are salaried and may not submit a charge for seeing a patient alone and in the absence of an attending. If a locum tenens were covering the emergency room, it would be that physician and not the resident who bills for the service(s).
Bottom line: if a resident sees the patient alone, it's time to get out the ketchup, knife and fork because all they can do is eat the charge.
Go with your instincts and if administration sees it otherwise, print off the rules and regulations regarding locum tenens.
Have a great day!
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