tci E/M Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 8

Reader Question: Sharing Services in Global Period Means Share the Pay

Question: A physician of mine diagnosed a hip fracture and performed the surgery here in Florida, where the patient had been vacationing. She then released the patient, who went back to his home in Georgia, where a different physician performed all of the postoperative care. Can both physicians collect for their portions of the global surgery fee? Florida Subscriber Answer: If both physicians provided services within the global surgical period, the post-op, post-discharge care is split among the two physicians when they agree on the transfer of care.  According to CMS, “When more than one physician furnishes...

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