Medicare/CMS now supports serial numbers for
Medicare now endorses the use of unique identifiers on implantable devices. They cite patient safety as main reason for the change in thought. Using serial numbers on pace makers and other implantable devices has been discussed for years but until now, Medicare was not supportive of the idea. Not only will the hospitals have to track the S/N’s on the packaging of the devices but also it will have to be tracked in the billing/coding of the procedures.
Hospital staffs are already understaffed and overworked. How will they handle another asset management responsibility to their requirements? Especially one that makes an already difficult task in billing even harder. Health Systems pay third party companies to inventory all assets throughout the facility: capital equipment, drugs, supplies, etc… Now they may have to hire an outside company to track their implantable devices also.
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