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Anesthesia Time in Extended Situations

Summary How do anesthesia providers account for time spent in cases that contain a delay on either the front end or back end? Today’s alert provides recommended solutions for such scenarios.  It happens occasionally.  A teacher waits for a delayed parent to pick up the last remaining child at the end of a school day.  […]

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Is Big Better? The Age-Old Question for Anesthesia Providers

Summary Today’s anesthesia providers have choices insofar as the kind of practice they want to join. Each type of practice has its benefits and drawbacks. These determinants are often based on group size. Is joining a bigger practice the right choice for all? Today’s alert digs into that question. Is big better when it comes […]

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Understanding the Importance of Medicare Provider Enrollment

Summary Running a successful anesthesia or chronic pain practice is like a juggler who has added one too many balls to his routine. If you don’t promptly address each clinical or business imperative that arises, utter failure may ensue. One of these imperatives involves Medicare provider enrollment. This is one ball you can’t afford to […]

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The Significance of Customer Service in Anesthesia

Summary There is a tendency in anesthesia to think that all that matters is consistently good outcomes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Customer service is now the key to maintaining a strong and successful relationship with administration. As anesthesia practices evolve and diversify, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a consistent level of […]

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Presurgical Clinics: A Growing Strategy for Anesthesia Practices

Summary Over the years, we have seen a group here or there showing interest in adding a presurgical testing clinic to their array of services. But an analysis of the risk-reward dynamic is essential before proceeding into such a venture.  Last week, we brought you an alert on certain strategies being used by anesthesia groups […]

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Anesthesia Revenue Opportunities

Summary It takes a certain level of financial resources and other inducements to attract and retain quality anesthesia providers. Because of these pressures on a practice, many have looked for ways to enhance their groups’ revenue streams. Today’s article explores these other revenue opportunities.  By far, the greatest challenge facing most anesthesia practices today is […]

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No Surprises Act Update: HHS on the Losing Side Again

Summary The back-and-forth battle between the Texas Medical Association and the federal government over the implementation of the No Surprises Act has led to yet another court decision against the government. The result is a dramatic drop in the independent dispute resolution fee amount—at least for now. You know you’re having a bad day when […]

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Understanding the Value of a Strong Collection Agency for Anesthesia Practices

Summary There is a distinct difference in the approach and functions of a billing company and that of a collection agency. Anesthesia practices need to know the difference, in order to set appropriate expectations for each.   Many anesthesia groups often wonder why it is difficult for billing companies to collect on patient balances. It […]

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2024 PFS Proposed Rule: Implications for Chronic Pain Providers

Summary The 2024 PFS proposed rule contains stipulations that will affect chronic pain practitioners, if finalized. Provisions involving E/M services, telehealth and discarded drugs are specifically highlighted in today’s alert.  Like every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) generates new proposals that will affect the practices of medical professionals throughout the country. […]

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