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December 13, 2023

Year-End Push for Medicare Fix:

Anesthesia Takes Action The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) this week released a statement in support of a bill moving through Congress that would prevent the Medicare payment reductions that have been scheduled to go into effect beginning in January. Calling them “destructive cuts,” the ASA is calling on federal legislators to immediately pass HR 6683, […]

December 13, 2023

Outlawing the Opaque:

Congress Set to Vote on Transparency Mandate Seeing non-descript shapes and fuzzy images is a common occurrence for those driving on a stormy night with fogged-up windshields. You can see lights coming at you, but you can’t see the road itself or its yellow dividing line. The murkiness of the view can be downright dangerous—even […]

December 11, 2023

2024 Physician Fee Schedule: Impact on Chronic Pain

Summary The 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule contains thousands of pages of new rules for the healthcare community, and a portion of them pertain to the practice of chronic pain medicine. Today’s article brings you a few of the highlights. Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Medicare Physician Fee […]

December 6, 2023

Discouraging Information Blocking: Government Issues Proposed Rule

He’s coming right at you. A 295-pound defensive end who is attempting to bull rush you on the inside gap; and all that stands between him and your franchise quarterback is you. Blocking is one of the essentials of American football. It’s considered a major asset for those who can execute it well. But blocking, […]

December 4, 2023

CORONIS HEALTH EMPWR Coat Fund

Coronis Health worked with The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. Employees from Coronis Health and its subsidiaries were joined in this fundraising effort by the generous contributions from clients and vendors. Together, the group was able to raise funds to purchase over 600 […]

December 4, 2023

Anesthesia for Chronic Pain

Summary It is becoming more difficult for anesthesia providers to obtain reimbursement for a chronic pain case. Payer policies have become more stringent and payment more inconsistent. Today’s article dives into the challenges and potential strategies for successful claim submission.  In addition to the anesthesia services many of our clients provide to surgeons and obstetricians, […]

December 4, 2023

2024 Final Rule: 340B Drug Resolution

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in American Hospital Association v. Becerra [142 S. Ct. 1896 (2022)] and the district court’s remand to the responsible federal agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining the remedy for the invalidated OPPS 340B-acquired drug payment policy for calendar years 2018-2022. […]

November 27, 2023

Defining General Anesthesia: A Moving Target?

Summary For the last several years, anesthesia providers have been able to rely on a clear standard for determining whether or not an anesthesia service should be considered a general anesthetic. That standard may be going away.  It’s something that philologists and etymologists would readily affirm: words and their meaning tend to be a moving […]

November 22, 2023

2024 OPPS Final Rule: Quality Programs

Sometimes we buy on time. That may call for making a few installment payments. Our reporting on the highlights of the 2024 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule seems to be working out in similar fashion, i.e., in installments. In this third installment on Medicare’s final rule for the outpatient hospital setting, our focus […]

November 20, 2023

What Makes for an Ideal Relationship Between an Anesthesia Practice and the Hospital Administration?

Summary Not every anesthesia practice has a winning strategy when it comes to the all-important relationship with the hospital. Today’s article addresses the dynamics of that relationship and how anesthesia groups can successfully manage it. Too many anesthesia practices are experiencing a less than collaborative relationship with the administration of the facility where they provide […]