For anesthesiologists, assigning the physical status of the patient is an important indicator for patient care as well as for correct coding and billing. Researchers have found that using ASA’s published examples makes physicians’ selections more consistent.
As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to explore bundled payments through initiatives like the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program and more recently the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) initiative, a report by the American Hospital Association (AHA) says getting physician buy-in will be key to success.
Rumors of Meaningful Use’s death back in early January were greatly exaggerated. However, there have been a few changes to the Meaningful Use requirements that will affect providers immediately.