There is a Medicare proposal to have surgeons use new billing codes to track their work in 10-minute increments during global surgical “packages”. You can read more here but this would be the outcome:
In a survey of some 7000 surgeons conducted by 23 medical societies, 37% estimated that compliance would cost them between $25,000 and $100,000 in terms of modifying electronic health record (EHR) and billing systems, hiring scribes to document all 10-minute segments of work during a global period, seeing fewer patients, and other changes. Another 15% put the anticipated cost at over $100,000.
Isn’t it time we physicians work together to stop the madness?