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Economics & Payment

Enhance the value of your anesthesia practice and protect your payments for services provided.

The economic health and viability of your practice is a fundamental priority for ASA.

Health care’s economic environment has never been straightforward — consider the creation of third-party payers and the implementation of the Medicare program. Further challenges were introduced with changes to payment systems that transitioned from payments based on Usual, Customary and Reasonable (UCR) charges to the Resource-based Relative Value System (RBRVS) which created the 33% problem for anesthesiology. The environment has become increasingly complex in recent years with a shift from Fee for Service (FFS) to value-based payments.

It is vitally important for anesthesiologists to understand how they are paid, and can identify the factors influencing payment, to maximize their value to ensure fair and appropriate payment. ASA continues to prioritize efforts to support its members and their economic viability through the Economic Strategic Plan Initiative (ESPI). As part of this initiative, we curated a compendium of relevant ASA Monitor® articles to help further understanding and insights about the issues. These articles cover a wide range of topics and include both background information and practical guidance on how an anesthesia practice can enhance its value and protect and improve its payments for services provided. This collection provides a big-picture view of ASA’s previous work, accomplishments, and ongoing efforts — for the benefit of anesthesiologists.

In addition, Tom Miller’s column, The Curious Economist, offers a broader perspective of the health care economic environment, provides information that will strengthen and expand your knowledge, and help you navigate these complex challenges.

We hope you will find this compendium informative and useful.

Curated by Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA, ASA Vice President for Professional Affairs

 

33% Problem

Medicare Payment from MACRO and MICRO Perspectives 

August 2021
Sharon Merrick, MS, CCS-P

Payment Progress Series, Part 4: Committee Projects and Member Empowerment 

August 2021
Catlin Nalley

Perfect Storm…or Perfect Opportunity? 

August 2021
Paul Pomerantz

Payment Progress Series, Part 3: Abusive Insurer Negotiation Techniques

July 2021
Catlin Nalley

The 33% Problem: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It

May 2021
Catlin Nalley

The 33% Problem: Origins and Actions Committee on Economics 33% Workgroup Report ASA Economic Strategic Plan Initiative—October 2020

December 2020
Johnathan Pregler, MD; Vijay Saluja, MD, MBA, FASA; Mahesh Vaidyanathan, MD; Christopher (Kit) Young, MD, FASA; Jonathan Gal, MD, FASA; Sharon Merrick, MS, CCS-P; Christopher Troianos, MD, FASE, FASA

Meeting the Challenges of Future Payment Systems

July 2019
Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA

 

Coding

Medicare Payment from MACRO and MICRO Perspectives 

August 2021
Sharon Merrick, MS, CCS-P

Perfect Storm…or Perfect Opportunity? 

August 2021
Paul Pomerantz

HHS/CMS Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Improper Medicare Payments

February 2021
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Patient Relationship Modifiers and 2020 MIPS

February 2020
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Coding Update for 2020

December 2019
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Speaking the Same Language: Why Understanding E/M Services Is Important to Anesthesiologists

August 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Potentially Misvalued Codes

February 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

 

Commercial fees research

Payment Progress Series, Part 3: Abusive Insurer Negotiation Techniques

July 2021
Catlin Nalley

ASA Survey Results for Commercial Fees Paid for Anesthesia Services - 2020

October 2020
Stanley W. Stead, MD, MBA, FASA; Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

ASA Survey Results for Commercial Fees Paid for Anesthesia Services - 2019

October 2019
Stanley W. Stead, MD, MBA, FASA; Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

ASA Survey Results for Commercial Fees Paid for Anesthesia Services - 2018

October 2018
Stanley W. Stead, MD, MBA, FASA; Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

 

Cost of education and training

Market Concentration in Health Care

June 2021
Thomas R. Miller, PhD, MBA

Assessing ROI in Education and Training

April 2021
Thomas R. Miller, PhD, MBA

The Economic Barriers to Becoming an Anesthesiologist

July 2020
Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA

 

Covid economic relief

Covid’s Economic Impact on Your Practices: 2020, 2021 and Beyond

June 2020
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

 

Perioperative surgical home

Payment Progress Series, Part 4: Committee Projects and Member Empowerment 

August 2021
Catlin Nalley

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Shares Successful PSH Program Insights

April 2021
Rob Shakar, MD, FASA; Kim Duggan, MHA, BSN, RN-C

Bellin Health Partners standardizes surgical process with perioperative surgical home

January 2021
Saied Assef, MD; Cindy Suplinski, APNP, ACNS-BC; Ashlee R. Ames, MD, FAAP, FACP, FHM; David M. Brouhard, MD, FASA

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Sees Benefits with Perioperative Surgical Home Model

November 2020
Jolynn Tumolo

The Complementary Relationship Between the PSH and ERAS

March 2020
Lauren Beck, M., Carol Lee, RN, BSN, Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, Nirav Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA

APMs: Time to Scan the Horizon

August 2019
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Meeting the Challenges of Future Payment Systems

July 2019
Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA

Quality Management and APMs

June 2017
Roseanne Fischoff, MPP; Zach Hochstetler, MPP, MBA

 

Practice management considerations

Market Concentration in Health Care

June 2021
Thomas R. Miller, PhD, MBA

Roundtable with ASA's Payment and Practice Management Physician Leaders

April 2021
Sharon Merrick, MS, CCS-P

Understanding Your Billing and Financial Data: Maximizing the Physician/Administrator Team

January 2020
Genie G. Blough, MPA, FACMPE; Shena J. Scott, MBA, FACMPE

Review the Past and Prepare for the Future

December 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

 

Quality, data reporting, alternative payment models

Payment Progress Series, Part 4: Committee Projects and Member Empowerment 

August 2021
Catlin Nalley

Perfect Storm…or Perfect Opportunity? 

August 2021
Paul Pomerantz

Ongoing Preparation for a Risk-Based Payment World

July 2021
Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA

Rescanning the Alternative Payment Model Horizon for Physician Anesthesiologists

June 2021
David P. Martin, MD, PhD, FASA; Vanessa Salcedo, MPH; Sharon K. Merrick, MS, CCS-P 

MIPS Value Pathways Present Unknown Opportunities for Individuals and Groups

March 2021
Matthew T. Popovich, PhD

MIPS Reporting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 2020
Matthew T. Popovich, PhD

A Piece of the MIPS Pie: Improvement Activities

March 2020
Claire Ostarello; Matthew T. Popovich, PhD

Patient Relationship Modifiers and 2020 MIPS

February 2020
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

APMs: Time to Scan the Horizon

August 2019
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Meeting the Challenges of Future Payment Systems

July 2019
Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA

June Proposals

June 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Quality Performance Beyond MIPS

May 2018
Patrick Reilly

Quality Management and APMs

June 2017
Roseanne Fischoff, MPP; Zach Hochstetler, MPP, MBA

 

Regulatory updates, evaluation and management

The Implications of Health Care Reform

June 2021
Catlin Nalley

Trends in Commercial Health Insurance and Implications for Anesthesiology

May 2021
Paul Pomerantz

HHS/CMS Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Improper Medicare Payments

February 2021
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

2021: Through a Cloudy Crystal Ball

December 2020
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Office/Outpatient Evaluation and Management: Changes Ahead

August 2020
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Already Looking to 2021

April 2020
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Meeting the Challenges of Future Payment Systems

July 2019
Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA

2019: Unanswered Questions Remain

February 2019
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Speaking the Same Language: Why Understanding E/M Services Is Important to Anesthesiologists

August 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

June Proposals

June 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

2018: A Busy Year

April 2018
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

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