Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Separate AND Unequal
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Think about this:  AMA opposes CPT modifiers "to identify services rendered by non-physicians", but does support "appropriate coding systems for non-physician services."  

"We don't what you even thinking about using the same codes we use.  But you may have your own codes."  "Separate but equal" is alive and well in the strategies of organized medicine.  It was not appropriate in the 1960s and it is not appropriate now.  

What can you do to change it?

Excerpt:  AMA opposes the development of modifiers to physicians’ CPT to identify services rendered by non-physicians, but supports efforts to develop appropriate coding systems for non-physician services.

 AMA continues to identify areas where services performed by non-MD/DOs may be separately coded so work relative values which are reflective of the differential level of work between MD/DO and non-MD/DO services [may be developed].

– Coding and Nomenclature – Coding of Physician and Non-Physician Services, American Medical Association Policy  H-70.994

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This is a weekly series excerpting from the American Medical Associations own published policies regarding “non-physicians”.  It will take nearly a year to complete.