CMS issued a new fee schedule on Thursday which included a provision affecting the administration of finger sticks on diabetic residents. The new provision requires that every finger stick on a Medicare beneficiary is ordered and certified by the physician.
In case you've have trouble keeping up with blood glucose reimbursement, you aren't the only one. Many privately owned organizations have not even had the resources to attempt the complicated billing for these services. Large corporations have put their best foot forward in the recent past but have constantly changed their billing procedures based on changing interpretations.
The new bl odd glucose rule puts the patient at risk by more directly associating frequency with reimbursement. This provision “puts paperwork ahead of quality patient care,” said Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association.