significant procedure consolidation

significant procedure consolidation

The consolidation or bundling of two or more ancillary (health-related) services, supplies, drugs or other resources into fewer categories for payment of ambulatory patient groups (APGs).
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Significant procedure consolidation refers to the collapsing of multiple-related significant procedure APGs into a single APG for the purpose of the determination of payment.
Significant procedure consolidation also greatly reduces the opportunities for the fragmentation of procedures for the purpose of increasing payment.
A visit-based APG PPS with significant procedure consolidation, uniform ancillary packaging, and multiple APG discounting would have many advantages over the current outpatient payment method, such as the following:
In addition, the combined payment effect of the aggregation of individual procedures and diagnoses into APGs, the significant procedure consolidation, the ancillary packaging, and the discounting will result in significant differences between the APG payment for an individual patient and the historical charges.
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