AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Global period

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Global period

    AAPC: Back to School
    When a physician OUTSIDE of our group does surgery on a patient that has a 90 day global period, and a PHYSICIAN within our group is on call for the weekend and rounding on the same patient. How are we supposed to be billing for this service? The encounter is only for follow up after surgery, and the patient is not having any other problems.

    Previously, we were billing for this. BUT I am starting to look at it from a patient's standpoint...if I'm having surgery and it's supposed to have a 90 global period, then why am I being billed for this service another physician provided? I never chose that physician.

    HELP!! Please!
    Tiffany Fischer, CPC, CEMC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Truly covering for the other physician?

    If you are truly "covering" for the other physician then I would think you would assume his/her global periods. This may be a case where the opposite sometimes happens -- i.e. your surgeon is off on the weekend and that OTHER physician covers the routine post-op care visits. There should be some agreement between the practices with respect to how to handles these cases. For record keeping purposes, you might want to set up a dummy code to track these visits in your system, but no bill would go to insurance or the patient.

    I may not be fully understanding your scenario, and if I'm wrong, I apologize.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Fayetteville, NC


    In our practice our docs do the same for another local surgeon. Unfortunately I never know what the patient is being seen for other than the diagnosis. I do not know if they have had a surgery or not so I code a hospital follow-up day and if we get denied for global reasons we then write off the charge. That way the fact that we did see the patient is documented but they do not get a bill for the visit if it was covered under a surgical global.
    A. McCormick, CPC, CGSC
    Walters Surgical Associates

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-20-2015, 12:19 PM
  2. How to determine global period with 2 procedures/2 different global periods
    By AHVC in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-20-2015, 11:37 AM
  3. E/M during global period
    By Joiaw in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-14-2014, 01:00 PM
  4. E/M during Global Period?
    By heatherbrienne@gmail.com in forum Modifiers
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-09-2013, 12:24 PM
  5. global period
    By alices in forum Emergency Department
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-03-2011, 12:12 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.