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

Medical Scribe Program at AHDPG

Check out our short video about our Medical Scribe Program on YouTube  and see if you are as excited as we are.  Give us a call today to find out more.  Ask for Lynn, our Admission Coordinator.