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End to Global Payments a ‘Nightmare,’ Surgeons Say
HealthLeaders Media

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% co-payment.

That’s the concern of the American College of Surgeons, whose medical director, Frank Opelka, MD, says the policy, announced last month, will be “an administrative burden for surgeons…a nightmare to track,” and ultimately, “penny-wise and pound-foolish.” He emphasizes that a subset of sicker patients will end up paying more under the new rule because they require more services.