This fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) will introduce new billing codes for doctors who specialize in treating the heart failure, instead of more general cardiologists billing for Medicare services.
The specialists of Heart failure get more concentrated training in contrast to standard cardiologists and focus on taking care of sufferers with advanced heart failure or heart transplants. They treat more complicated cases, and will be capable to use their own CMS billing codes starting Oct. 1.
Patients of Heart failure account for large part of hospital readmissions provided the severity of the ailment and treatment they require.
The American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America had been compelling for the billing privileges, as Medicare had refused the payments of specialists when a general cardiologist in the similar practice had also made a claim for the same patient.
It is not clear how mostly the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) refused these specialist payments, a spokeswoman for the ACC claimed.
Dr. Biykem Bozkurt, chair of ACC's Heart Failure and Transplant Section Leadership Council said, "This is a crucial milestone for advanced heart failure and cardiac transplant specialists, validating their critical position and contribution to patient care.”