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Insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act: How will they affect surgical care?

This article describes the potential advantages and consequences of ACA insurance exchanges and outlines the two types of exchanges established in the law: the American Health Benefits Exchange for individual purchasers and the Small Business Health Options Program for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Transitioning to ICD-10

Health care providers throughout the nation currently use International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a regulation requiring its replacement. The ACS encourages members to become familiar with the new code sets, understand the difference between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10, and prepare for how the change may affect their practices

Documentation of services provided in the postoperative global period

Over the last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has gradually increased its analysis of the value of global surgical packages. In particular, HHS has focused on the evaluation and management (E/M) services provided within the postoperative period, which are included in the value of the global surgical package. This column offers suggestions on how ACS Fellows may document services provided during the global period and explains why HHS is interested in the measurement of postoperative work.


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