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  • Anesthesiologists' Hospital Relationships in the 2009 Recession

    January 26, 2009

    Anesthesiologists’ relationships with their hospitals were the focus of several excellent presentations at this year’s ASA Practice Management Conference, from which we have just returned.

  • Electronic Medical Records in Anesthesia 2.2.09

    February 2, 2009

    President Obama’s $819 billion Economic Stimulus package calls for a $20 billion investment in health information technology. Approved 248-188 by the House of Representatives...

  • Special Alert

    January 27, 2009

    Anesthesiologist Tom George, MD has just announced that he is planning to run for Governor of Michigan. He is asking for thoughts, ideas and suggestions and we encourage you to contact and support him.

  • New Blues Contract Reward Quality

    February 9, 2009

    We all continue to watch for the opportunity to negotiate the first payer contract that will reward anesthesiologists for “quality.” As we know so well, anesthesiology is already a 5.5 sigma specialty, and it accounts for only around 3% of spending on physician services...

  • Anesthesia Top 10 Must Know For 2009

    February 16, 2009

    This week we are sending you an Alert that is longer than the usual e-mail you receive from us each Monday. 2009 promises to be a year with many changes in regulations...

  • Anesthesia Practice Developments Regarding Stark and Anti-kickback 2.23.09

    February 23, 2009

    A recent Federal appeals court decision just paved way for a qui tam whistleblower to proceed with a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case involving allegations of Stark and Anti-kickback Statute violations relative to an exclusive anesthesia coverage agreement and...

  • The 2009 Stimulus Bill HIPAA Changes Impacting Anesthesia 3.2.09

    March 2, 2009

    HIPAA Privacy and Security Expanded by the Stimulus Bill: The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act” or the “Act”) included in the “Stimulus Bill” significantly expands...

  • The UCR Reimbursement System is Code Blue 3.9.09

    March 9, 2009

    As we have long known, “UCR” rates on which health plans base their payments to nonparticipating physicians are not usual, customary or reasonable...

  • Should Anesthesia Run the OR?

    March 18, 2009

    The answer to the question “Should Anesthesia Run the Operating Room?” is: IT DEPENDS. Both “running the OR” and “Anesthesia” need to be defined. If “Anesthesia” means...

  • FTCs "Red Flag Rules" - Enforcement Begins May 1st

    March 30, 2009

    The May 1, 2009 enforcement date for what are commonly referred to as the “Red Flag Rules” is fast approaching. Many readers will remember that ABC addressed this topic...

  • Time and Again

    April 6, 2009

    A number of the issues that our clients have been dealing with lately relate to time. Provisions relating to time periods or duration in hospital and employment contracts are a focus of