Physician Fee Finder â€śTraining Wheels,â€ť Mashed up with with OpsCost
Perhaps the admirable OpsCost.com has already won the RJWF contest, if OpsCost has entered. If it has not, I propose to cite OpsCost, in a way agreeable to its owner, and then to bring in, alongside, the CMS â€śPhysician Fee Scheduleâ€ť data. These together, â€śmashed up,â€ť will offer the public a single tool for prospective, retrospective, and current medical cost-benefit management, all in one place.
Prospective is OpsCost, which offers the prix-fix menu. Here DRGs are the key. Retrospective is what we add, a-la-carte, virtually on the facing page of the menu. Here HCPCS/CPT is the key. OpsCost is about elective treatment. HCPCS/CPT is about a â€śchargemasterâ€ť bill.
Or about how to discuss an elective procedure with a doctor, on the spot. Want an Xray for that blackened fingernail?
We recognize the OpsCost achievement, and mash it up with new HCPVS/CPT â€śFeeâ€ť data.
Our site strives for the uncluttered elegance of the Apple and Tiffany sites, and for scalability, down to smartphone use. But CMS does not offer the â€śFeeâ€ť database. The AMA hems in the â€śprocessingâ€ť of CPT. There is little room for a graphics artist to swing a cat.
So we must hover over the homely CMS/CPT site to get the work done, at least until the advent of ICD-10 (2014). I submit that.
*Steven Brill, "Bitter Pill," Time Magazine, 03/04/2013: "By law, Medicare's payments approximate a hospital's cost of providing a service, including overhead, equipment and salaries."