A patient recently asked me why doctors don’t spend more time communicating over email or by videoconferencing.
There’s a simple answer: Medicare hasn’t created a billing code for these services.
Medicare relies on a complicated and expanding schedule of codes for how it prices stuff. Outside of a few things that are bid in competitive markets (like pills and some low-tech equipment), Medicare establishes discrete “codes” for medical items and then establishes a price for each of these tens of thousands of different services.
Read the rest at The American.
Scott Gottlieb is a resident scholar at AEI.