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Anesthesia E-Alerts

Anesthesia Succession Planning: The New Old Challenge

Many anesthesia practices benefit from particularly strong leadership and management. Often, this is provided by an individual who is particularly well regarded by the membership and the medical community. Many practices put their trust in an individual who is qualified to guide the practice through the ever-evolving challenges of American medicine and speak for the […]

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They’re Watching: Federal Enforcement Actions Against Providers

Sometimes, you just get that nagging feeling. Somebody’s watching you. You look over your shoulder, but nobody’s there. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’re not, in fact, under some form of surreptitious surveillance. Medical providers would do well to proceed under the assumption that they are always under the microscope. If it’s not an auditor […]

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Anesthesia Budget Challenges

Three years ago, anesthesia practices experienced one of the worst budgetary challenges ever when the coronavirus pandemic forced a dramatic reduction in surgical case volume. It was an example of an external market factor completely beyond the control of anesthesia providers. Now that the impact of Covid-19 has more or less slipped into history, a […]

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Pulling the Trigger: New Policies and Impediments Involving Trigger Points

Last week, we published an article that explored the value that a chronic pain practice can bring to an anesthesia group. Today’s alert delves further into the chronic pain domain by focusing on one of the specialty’s go-to procedures: the trigger point injection (TPI). Five of the seven Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) have recently adopted […]

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The Value of Chronic Pain to an Anesthesia Practice: What Is It and How Is It Best Realized?

Anesthesia providers distinguish themselves by virtue of their ability to manage all types of pain. While most of their time and energy is focused on the acute pain related to surgical procedures and deliveries, many providers also consider themselves qualified to manage chronic intractable pain. The result can be two very distinct types of practice. […]

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BCBS To Discontinue Physical Status Payments

Last week, we sent out a special alert advising our readers of a change in Aetna’s payment policy in connection with physical status (PS) modifiers on anesthesia claims. The payer announced it would no longer provide additional payment for PS 3-5, effective July 15 of this year. Not to be outdone, several of the “Blues” […]

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Virtual Visits: Providers Grapple with Telehealth Issues

We’ve come a long way since the days when the milkman would make his deliveries at the door and the doctor would make house calls, black bag in hand. Now, we order our goods online and we can even see our healthcare professional via the latest telecommunications technology. Americans love convenience, and it is certainly […]

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Aetna to Stop Physical Status Payments

According to an April bulletin published by Aetna, the payer will no longer reimburse additional unit value(s) for anesthesia physical status (PS) modifiers, effective July 15, 2024. Aetna gave as a reason for the decision its desire to align with similar Medicare guidelines. It should be noted that this change will only affect Aetna’s commercial […]

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Navigating the Anesthesia Manpower Shortage

There is clearly a shortage of anesthesia providers in the country today. This a a result of a variety of factors including the pandemic, dramatic increases in the number of anesthetizing locations and provider lifestyle choices. According to various sources, by 2033, the anesthesiology workforce may experience a shortage of approximately 12,500 anesthesiologists, representing nearly […]

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