Fee splitting is when professional fees are split with a lay person (not a licensed provider) or more often can involve paying a fee for patient referrals. Fee Splitting is unethical and illegal (probably in every state).
The scenario you described is kind of like when when a patient goes on vacation and falls, has a fx of their arm and it's initially treated there. That provider bills only for the initial treatment and when the patient goes home, the provider there bills for the follow up treatment. That isn't fee splitting. Your doctor is incorrect.
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