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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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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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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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Fading Away: Anesthesia for Chronic Pain

It was one of those end-of-an-era moments. Standing in the well of the House, before a joint session of Congress, was the “American Caesar,” General Douglas McArthur, bidding farewell to the nation after 52 years of service. First in his class at West Point, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor and Military Governor of […]

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The Impact of Hospital Mergers on Anesthesia Practices

Anesthesia providers should be well trained to respond appropriately to any unanticipated clinical complication that occurs during a case. Vigilance is the key to effective anesthesia care. They know that things can go wrong even during what should be an uncomplicated surgical procedure. After all, while the surgeon is only focused on a very specific […]

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Anesthesia Payment Options for Non-Covered Services

As payer policies evolve, once-covered services often become non-covered services. The two most common examples of this are colonoscopy (depending on the patient’s physical status) and anesthesia for Chronic Pain Injections (such as epidural steroid injections, facet injections and transforaminal epidural steroid injections). A number of notable insurance plans have stopped paying for anesthesia in […]

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Why Your Practice Should Outsource Anesthesia Medical Billing

Anesthesia billing is a complex process that can be a burden for inexperienced staff members who are already managing too many tasks. To maximize cash flow while remaining compliant with the ever-changing rules and regulations, consider the benefits an expert anesthesiology billing company can provide. How Outsourcing Anesthesia Billing Can Help Your Practice Outsourcing anesthesia […]

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The Advantages of Outsourcing Anesthesiology Billing Services

It is not enough to rely on a few staff members to handle the complexity of anesthesia billing when they are already wearing too many hats at work. If you want to maximize your revenue while staying compliant with rules and regulations, consider the value that an expert anesthesiology billing company can bring to your […]

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