Info on surgery req.
Our complience people have asked us to be careful about putting the actual
physician down who performed a procedure that resulted in us getting a
surgical pathology specimen. Many of our patients are on Medicare, and we
will not get reimbursed unless the paperwork is exactly right. Often the
physician listed on a patients addressograph is the admittting physician, not
the one working up a patient.
We have also been requested to get the date of surgery correct as we may not
get reimbursed if that is incorrect
Being a teaching hospital with residents, they sometimes perform a procedure
under the guidence of an attending physician, then they mistakenly put their
own name on the surgical path slip, which won't work either as they don't
have a medicare number. ( an attending physician may supervise two residents,
I think is the rule)
I guess many of you have been in situations where a sick patient shows up and
the neurologists look at the head, the GI folks look at the gut, the
oncologist does a bone marrow, etc, etc. You need a law degree to sort out
who did what.
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