Ask the Experts: Robotics
How are healthcare organizations implementing chargemaster items for the da Vinci robot, including the disposable products?
Answer: At the University of Missouri HealthCare, we do not charge for the use of the da Vinci, but rather for the operating room time and acuity, as well as the disposable supplies that exceed our cost threshold for separate and distinct charging. The manufacture sells disposable supply items that are reusable and we will take the overall costs divided by the recommended usage by the manufacturer and develop a charge to be applied each time that item is used.
This question was answered by: Matt Levsen, associate CFO, University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, Mo., and a member of HFMA’s Show-Me of Missouri Chapter.
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