What happens to an associate’s continuing care and capitation
payments (CCCPs) will depend on the arrangements made to cover her
absence. If a locum is engaged by the associate and the practice owner
keeps the usual percentage, the rest of the CCCPs will usually be paid
to the associate along with a percentage of item of service fees. The
associate will then pay the locum.
If no locum is engaged and
other dentists at the practice provide cover, then the situation is
altered. Whoever provides cover and care to the associate’s patients
during her absence should be paid for the treatment undertaken. This can
be done in a variety of ways. For the children who are treated, you
could pay the treating dentist an item-of-service fee or the treating
dentist could be paid a percentage of your capitation fees for the
period you are absent. The choice will depend on the number of children
treated in relation to those normally booked in.
providing care has a claim on the continuing care payments since the
associate will be unable to provide care for them.