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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Anesthesia: Are We There Yet?

Within five years, more than half of hospitals will have begun using artificial intelligence, including machine learning, to support clinical care and business functions, a survey has found. We offer current information on the emerging technology's expansion and acceptance in medicine and healthcare, along with insights on potential applications in...
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The Winning Strategy for Billing Invasive Monitoring

When the ASA Relative Value Guide (RVG) was first developed in the 1970s it established a significant precedent with regard to what services could be billed as incidental to an anesthetic. The guide established the concept of "invasive" as the critical criterion.Arterial artery catheters, known as A-lines; central venous catheters; and Swan-Ganz ca...
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CMS’s 2019 Anesthesia-Related Payment Proposals for Outpatient and Ambulatory Services

SummaryThe proposed rule for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment System for 2019 includes proposals to change payment policy for non-opioid postsurgical pain management drugs, expand reimbursement for anesthesia services for some knee surgeries to outpatient settings and remove questions about pain co...
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Becoming a Cheetah and Other Survival Tactics

In her blog, A Penned Point, early this year, Karen Sibert, MD, president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, asked her fellow specialists to take some time during Physician Anesthesiologists Week to celebrate the specialty's accomplishments, but also to reflect on the state of the profession today, the anesthesiologist's place in the c...
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Will Anesthesia Providers be Targeted in CMS’s ‘Probe and Educate’ Audits?

SummaryTargeted Probe & Educate, a medical review process introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in late 2017, identifies providers with high claim error rates or unusual billing practices for items and services that pose the greatest financial risk to Medicare. We present an overview of the process, which focuses on educa...
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