AAOS Now, January 2015
Whatever Happened to 2014?
It seems that both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government (the president and Congress) have decided to adopt a “policy of postponements,” as David J. Rothkopf calls it. So important issues have been postponed until after the midterm elections, or until the lame-duck session, or until the 114th Congress takes office, or maybe even postponed until after the 2016 presidential elections so that someone else in the White House can deal with the issues.
CMS Converting All Global Payments for Procedural Services to Zero Days
In the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule, released Oct. 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed its intention to convert all 10- and 90-day global procedure codes to 0-day global codes. According to the Final Rule, CMS believes “it is critical that the relative value units (RVUs) under the PFS be based as closely and accurately as possible on the actual resources involved in furnishing the typical occurrence of specific services.”