Happy Thanksgiving and Many Thanks from AHDPG

This is the time of year when we give thanks for the wonderful gifts that we have been given, the experiences we have treasured, the people who have changed our lives. This year AHDPG would like to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. Among those blessings are our students. Our students are at the heart of everything we do here at AHDPG. We would also like to give thanks to our employees who have worked so hard to help our business thrive. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards, we would not be the company we are.

We are very grateful for your efforts.

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks. We value you and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our AHDPG family is something for which we are especially grateful.

AHDPG would like to wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments.

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He who thanks but with the lips

Thanks but in part;

The full, the true Thanksgiving

Comes from the heart.

~J.A. Shedd

Medicare Global Package Proposed Change

The 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, published in the July 11 Federal Register, includes a proposal (section II.B.4) to transition all CPT codes currently assigned a 10-day global period to a 0-day global period in 2017. Codes assigned a 90-day global period would transition to a 0-day global period in 2018.

The impact of this significant change could be broad and substantial in many ways. The reimbursement structure for surgical procedures will of course change altogether, with the surgeon foreseeably receiving less per procedure on the front end and creating more required billing processes during the post-op period. It could potentially change utilization by shifting post-op visits from the surgeon to other providers such as primary care providers.

This will certainly have an impact on RVU’s as the post-op follow up code of 99024 that currently has no RVU value associated with it will become obsolete. This should positively impact providers in regard to the RBRVU methodology.

Under Medicare Part B, patients may have out-of-pocket costs (20% co-insurance plus potential deductible) that they would not have incurred under the existing global package.

AHDPG will continue to monitor this proposed rule and offer insight as this change develops.

Scribes Help Doctors Focus on Patients, Not Computers

Medical Scribes have proven to be a vital part in the clinical documentation role. Scribes have become increasingly popular in the fast paced emergency rooms where it is critical to move patients through quickly. Check out this article on indystar.com – “Scribes Help Doctors Focus on Patients, Not Computers”

 

The rise of the Medical Scribe

Medical Scribes are being given credit for “freeing busy doctors from screen time and giving them more face time with patients” across the country. There is an expected need of 20,000 medical scribes by end of 2014!  Read more about this need in an article from the StarTribune. “Harried doctors hail the rise of the medical scribe