Medicare Sharpens Focus on the Global Surgical Package

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Margaret Maley, BSN, MS

Medicare Sharpens Focus on the Global Surgical Package – June 2017
by Margaret M. Maley, BSN, MS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expressed concern that services with 10- and 90-day postoperative periods are not valued accurately, and follow-up visits included in the value of the global services are not consistently being performed. Consequently, as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), CMS mandated the reporting of postoperative visits for 293 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for providers in the following nine states beginning July 1, 2017:

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