Monday, November 18, 2013

Appropriate Use Criteria's Next Steps

Dr. Kussmaul, you are my hero for publishing this letter to the editor:
"With detailed evidence-based regulation of our professional lives already in full swing, it seems inevitable that the same process will eventually extend to our personal lives. The SCAI (ed's note: Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions) has always striven to stay ahead of regulatory developments, so as to exert a leadership role.

In that spirit, I offer the following as a beginning of the conversation. Should an interdisciplinary committee be convened on this matter, I hereby volunteer to serve."

William G. Kussmaul III, MD
FSCAI Hahnemann University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PS: Heh. Reminds me of another post I wrote a while back along the same line.

Reference: Kussmaul WG. Letter to the Editor: "Appropriate Use Criteria: What's Next?" Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 82:848 (1 Nov 2013), pg 848.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not sure billing by law firms is actually comparable. Suspect the bil might be coded differently, as in:

Senior partner 500/hr
Junior partner 250/hr
paralegal 50/hr

Any firm well connected enough to bill according to preset amounts would likely be one with a very big reputation. I respect lawyers' intelligence enough not to suspect them of actually falling for the reimbursement red tape that busy doctors have let themselves fall into. If the docs rebel and say "I'm not doing it. I can't take it any more", I trust the lawyers to haul us into court and find someway to compel conscripted labor. Slavery may rise again.