Physician Time Study
Why are we doing this?
- As part of State Plan Amendment 05-023 & Medi-Cal Hospital/Uninsured Care Demonstration (No. 11-W-00193-9), approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on December 21, 2007, to provide for the reimbursement of uncompensated physician and non-physician practitioner professional services costs for the DPHs for Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and uninsured care.
How often do we need to do this?
- One week each calendar quarter.
What you need to know about the time study process.
- The department will be given 5 days of advance notice of each quarterly time study.
- The timesheet is considered a legal document and should be handled as one.
- A practitioner is required to complete training before they can participate in a time study.
- The timesheet must be completed on a daily basis during the designated time study period.
- 100% of the practitioner's time, but only for UCSD compensated time, must be accounted for during the time study.
- The timesheet must be submitted to the department reviewer in paper form with all required signatures.
- One week is defined as 5 consecutive work days. If there is a disruption in schedule (such as a natural disaster), the time study should resume from the next feasible paid work day to meet the 5 consecutive paid work days’ requirement.
- Part time physicians must retain the time card until they have worked 5 days in order to complete the time study. The total hours for each day must not exceed 24 hours.