Surgeons to Stop and Code Every 10 Minutes


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?

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