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February 20, 2024

Determining A Fair Compensation Package for Anesthesia Providers

While general surveys of anesthesia practice compensation may have some value, it is more important to assess what would cause a provider to want to join your group or to leave your group. Those potential causes are analyzed in today’s alert. One of the most perplexing challenges in the current anesthesia market is determining what […]

February 15, 2024

Navigating the RCM Maze in Dermatology: Optimizing Revenue, Empowering Patients, and Thriving

By aligning your RCM partner with your practice’s specific needs and values, you embark on a journey towards financial stability, empowered patients, and ultimately, a thriving dermatology practice.

February 15, 2024

Are Clinical Texts Acceptable? CMS Weighs in

We all do it. Unless you’re physically impaired or living off the grid in the wilds of Alaska, most adults will communicate by way of texting at some point in a given year. For many of us, it is a daily occurrence. Interesting how methods for delivering the written word have morphed over the years, […]

February 13, 2024

Operating Room Utilization: What Anesthesia Providers Need to Know

Anesthesia groups must master the matrix of issues that contribute to the maintenance of a successful and profitable practice. This includes performing a drill-down of OR utilization and understanding its impact on overall revenue. Many years ago, Mark Rogers, MD, the anesthesia chairman at Johns Hopkins, asked Robert Donham, MD, the assistant chairman, to make […]

February 7, 2024

New Final Rule from CMS: Improving Interoperability and Prior Authorization

The wheels never stop. The gears of government are always turning—churning out new rules for the rest of us to live by. Final rules are never final, and the last word is never spoken because there is always something more to say. The latest final rule addressed below provides a case in point. It acts […]

February 6, 2024

New Patterns in E/M Coding: Chronic Pain Practices Take Notice

In 2021, Medicare instituted a new methodology for calculating the appropriate code level for office and outpatient patient visits. The question is: how has this change affected the typical pain practice’s E/M bell curve? Today’s alert takes a look. On the plains of Salisbury, England lies a strange mystery. Since the 1970s, farmers and townsfolk […]

January 31, 2024

Federal Focus on EMTALA: HHS Goes on the Offensive

On Jan 22, 2024, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a press release, announcing that it will launch new initiatives in support of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). The law, passed back in 1986, requires hospitals with emergency departments to adhere to a certain set of standards, to […]

January 31, 2024

Anesthesia and Hospital Administrators: The Importance of Communication

While there is always risk associated with any business model, potential perils to an anesthesia practice can be minimized through effective communication with the facility administration. This includes understanding how administrators think and educating them with sound data. Anesthesia providers and hospital administrators look at the world through very different lenses. One might say the […]

January 25, 2024

BCBS Rescinds Endoscopy Edit Enforcement in Massachusetts

We have just received breaking news from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) that it has just rescinded its recently announced enforcement action connected with anesthesia for endoscopy cases.  The January 24 announcement on the payer’s website states that it has decided to postpone the claim edits that enforce medical policy 154 until further […]

January 24, 2024

Extraordinary Advanced Anesthesia Technology

Coronis Health is the national leader in anesthesia billing services and anesthesia accounts receivable services to anesthesiologists, CRNAs and facilities that employ anesthesia providers via its proprietary F1RSTAnesthesia system. F1RSTAnesthesia is the Oracle-based proprietary software platform that best distinguishes our unique approach to accounts receivable management. F1RSTAnesthesia is designed to allow our staff to interface with providers, patients and their […]