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Adding Value for Special Circumstances: Field Avoidance and Special Positioning

Kelly D. Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I Perfect Office Solutions, Inc., Leesburg, FLIn coding and billing for anesthesia services, it often seems that just when you think you understand the rules, something changes.One area of anesthesia billing that consistently confuses practices and coding professionals is the ability to add value ...
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Anesthesia Practitioners, Pain Specialists and the New Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Pain Requirements

The new and revised Joint Commission standards for pain assessment and management for ambulatory care, critical access hospitals and office-based surgeries will go into effect in January 2019. Anesthesia groups should review their departmental policies and procedures and modify them as needed to ensure compliance.In June of this year, The Joint Com...
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Strength Means Service, Not Scale, in Today’s Anesthesia Market

A recent analysis of the financial information of 104 leading health systems (more than 2,200 hospitals) found that size and profitability do not necessarily go hand in hand. The report, by Navigant, throws into question the common wisdom that scale is required to deliver the effectiveness, cost efficiency, care coordination, physician recruitment ...
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Anesthesia for Endoscopy: Economics 101

​Following dramatic growth in the provision of—and reliable reimbursement for—anesthesia services by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist for endoscopic procedures, we are seeing isolated payer policy changes intended to limit utilization. We predict similar changes from other key payers. We advise anesthesia practices that are expanding their ...
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What is the Future of Private Anesthesia Practice?

Jody Locke, MA, Vice President of Anesthesia and Pain Practice Management Services Anesthesia Business Consultants, LLC, Jackson, MIMany anesthesia providers look at the changes taking place in the specialty and shake their heads. Today's practices bear little or no resemblance to practices of 10 or 20 years ago. Who could have envisioned groups wi...
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