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Cardiological ‘plumbers’ getting new status

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is about to  recognize interventional cardiologists as a subspecialty. CMS officials say that this wil encourage fairer and more accurate comparisons of  in heart matters. Modern Healthcare reported that  , the new classification means these cardiologists can bill Medicare for consultations requested by a general cardiology colleague. It also means yet more paperwork.

Stephen Ramee, M.D., chairman of the American College of Cardiology’s Intervention Council, told Modern Healthcare:

“General cardiologists are ‘cognitive’ doctors, we’re ‘doing’ doctors. It’s akin to a general cardiologist being the general contractor, the electrophysiologists being the electricians and the interventional cardiologists being the plumbers.”

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