A new Medicare rule that will eliminate global surgical payments in two phases beginning in 2017 will be “an administrative burden for surgeons” and “a nightmare to track,” says the American College of Surgeons.Surgeons say eliminating global surgical payments will be an administrative burden.
A new Medicare rule that unbundles global surgeons’ fees for thousands of procedures not only bucks a national trend toward episode-based pay, it will confuse millions of beneficiaries who will receive a dozen or more bills instead of one, each requiring a 20 percent co-payment.
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