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Blog posts by kristinesquiers936

Major Jump in Job Growth: Big Boon for Hospitals?

Whenever historians want to categorize a ruler as particularly impactful, they will sometimes bestow a title that includes the word “great.” Cyrus the Great, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great come to mind. But certain eras or events have also been characterized with this same descriptor: the Great Migration, the Great War, the Great […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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