The 2019 Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting (or LOA 2019) is just around the corner, and Phoenix Ortho will be there once again to showcase our orthopaedic-specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. This annual meeting of Louisiana-based orthopaedic surgeons, clinic managers, and other industry experts represents a great opportunity to gather, share information, and learn about exciting new orthopaedic technologies and solutions.
In orthopaedic surgery, the global period can be an important consideration for the billing of services. For those who are wondering “What is the global period?” it is, as noted by the Office of Workers’ Compensation, “a period of time starting with a surgical procedure and ending some period of time after the procedure.”
Topics: Orthopaedic EHR
Having easy access to patient information is crucial in the healthcare industry. If healthcare providers do not have information about recent patient interactions, they may end up scheduling redundant tests or prescribing new medications that react badly with the patient’s existing medications that were prescribed by other specialists.
For a busy orthopaedic doctor, there never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything they need to do. A busy general practitioner might see 10-15 patients in a day—a busy orthopaedic specialist might see 60-80 patients in a single day. If the paperwork to process each one only took 5 minutes, that would still be roughly five to six and a half hours of paperwork on top of the time spent helping patients.
What is CMS in Health Care?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are a near-constant presence in the lives of orthopaedic doctors. Without the ability to process Medicare and Medicaid payments, a clinic would quickly find itself having difficulty keeping its doors open. In fact, according to a publication from CMS, 20 percent of health spending funds came from Medicare in 2017, and a further 17 percent came from Medicaid. Combined, Medicare and Medicaid spending outpaced private health insurance spending in 2017 (which was a 34 percent share).