Global Period for Surgery. Is it billable?

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August 24, 2017

Question:
My patient presented to the ED with an infection at the incision site from a surgery that I did 4 weeks ago. It has a 90 day global. I was on vacation so my general surgeon partner saw the patient and admitted her. What should she bill for this?

Answer:
Since the patient is in a global period for the surgery, this is not billable, by you or any of your partners of the same specialty.

From a billing perspective, you and your partners are a single billing entity. Therefore, you all share the global package of the patient’s surgery.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 08/24/17.

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