Educational Resources

Anesthesia Group Management

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Herding Cats: Four Steps to Overcoming Governance Disorder Syndrome (MGMA)

Will Latham MBA, CPA

As medical groups deal with increasingly complex issues that come at a faster rate, professionals must adopt group governance survival skills. Unfortunately, many medical groups are not able to effectively...

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Anesthesia Group M&A is On the Rise: What Does This Mean for ASCs? (2014)

Beckers ASC Review

In an article in The Deal Pipeline, Dougherty & Co. analyst Brooks O'Neil says that the anesthesia space is consolidating quickly and large practice management companies are experiencing competition for acquiring anesthesiology groups

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Why CEOs Want to Change Anesthesia Groups

Keith Chamberlin MD, MBA

Why anesthesiologists are viewed as replaceable, and how to become indispensable.

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Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

MGMA

MGMA empowers healthcare practices and providers to create meaningful change in healthcare. Become a member and unlock the most powerful resources to...

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Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) Insights

Johnathan Pregler, MD and James Moore, MD. Edited by Linda Hertzberg

A three-part article outlining experience and opinions with anesthesia information management systems

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Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, What it Means for Anesthesia Groups

Phillip Goldberg, Esq., CSA Legal Counsel

Although many groups may believe they already provide for paid sick days, they may find their sick pay policies do not strictly comply with the new law (2015).

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Contracting

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Anesthesia Contracts: Ten Things to Think About (July 2006)

Phillip Goldberg, Esq., CSA Legal Counsel

In this article I will discuss 10 things to keep in mind when working out the terms of anesthesia contracts.

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Anesthesiology Groups, Hospitals Need Service Agreements (MGMA, 2013)

V. Gerard "Jerry" Ippolito, MBA, MHSA, President of MGMA

When anesthesiology group practices and hospitals enter contractual relationships, they frequently fail to define expectations for the nature, capacity and timing of care. Poorly defined expectations make it difficult for practices to satisfy their hospital clients, straining or even polarizing relationships.

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Revenue Cycle Management (October 2019)

Phillip Goldberg, Esq., CSA Legal Counsel

Anesthesiologists are often attentive to the terms and conditions of their contracts with third-party payers. However, there is an important contract that virtually every anesthesiologist or anesthesia...

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Anesthesia Group Leverage in Contract Negotiation (2006)

Phillip Goldberg, Esq., CSA Legal Counsel

Here, I review certain aspects of the typical anesthesia group's negotiation leverage. Anesthesiologists...often have significant leverage in their negotiations with hospitals and are rarely...

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Perioperative Surgical Home

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Protecting Physician Anesthesiologists From Disruption: The Perioperative Surgical Home: the RIGHT, the SMART, and the SAFE thing to do

Shawn Lucas, MD

Disruptive innovation is coming to operating-room-focused anesthesiology practices...

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Embracing the Unknown – Nothing to Fear…

Keith Chamberlin, MD, MBA, FASA

Anesthesiology, like all medical specialties, is undergoing cataclysmic changes. The good news: our physician-led research in patient safety makes us the internationally recognized leaders in all....

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Learning Collaborative 2020

ASA

The ASA's PSH Learning Collaborative 2020 brings together subject matter experts and leading organizations from across the country to learn from each other how to achieve the quadruple aim; gratify providers, improve population health, reduce care costs and satisfy patients.

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Acronym Central - MIPS, MACRA, PQRS, QCDR, QR, AQI, and NACOR

The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI)

Anesthesia Quality Institute

…an affiliate of ASA, has developed a meaningful way for physician anesthesiologists to successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Briefly, by reporting through AQI any member can comply with CMS PQRS reporting requirements.

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MIPS Clinical Component

ASA

Explanations of measures, reporting criteria and modalities, qualified clinical data registries (QCDR’s), and benchmarking.

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The National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR)

Anesthesia Quality Institute

Maintained by the Anesthesia Quality Institue, NACOR has been designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for PQRS reporting.

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CMS Anesthesiologists Center

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Spotlights, official rules, conversion factors, and access to the Medicare Learning Network specifically for Anesthesiologists.

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CMS Issues Final Rule in Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment

Amanda Ott

(2015) CMS has issued a final rule to implement a Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model of payment. Under this model, acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will receive retrospective bundled payments for episodes of care for lower extremity joint replacement...

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Why Did the Medicare Conversion Factor Go Down for 2016 When MACRA Said It Would Go Up by 0.5%

ASA

(2015) MACRA specified that the Medicare conversion factors would increase in 2015 by 0.5% for services provided from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. This article will explain what other factors remain in play and how they continue to impact the Medicare CFs.

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The Sunshine Act: Official Website for Open Payments

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system by making the financial relationships between applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and health care providers (physicians and teaching hospitals) available to the public.

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Coding and Billing

AB 72: CDI Memo on Effective Date

Bruce Hinze, California Department of Insurance

Assembly Bill 72 (Bonta, 2016) includes a requirement that, for services received from a noncontracting individual health professional in a contracting facility (see Insurance Code section 10112.8), the reimbursement for the provider is limited to either the insurer’s average contracted rate or 125 percent of Medicare

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About ICD-10

CMS

Links to the CMS page for ICD-10 information, resources, and FAQ’s

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Public Health And Preparedness

The Hospital Incident Command System

CA EMS Authority

HICS is an incident management system based on principles of the Incident Command System (ICS), which assists hospitals and healthcare organizations in improving their emergency management planning, response, and recovery capabilities for unplanned and planned events. HICS is consistent with ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles.

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California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) - Disaster Medical Services Division

CA EMS Authority

The Disaster Medical Services (DMS) Division is the lead division within EMSA for disaster preparedness and response. The DMS Division is responsible for coordinating the prompt delivery of disaster medical resources to local governments in support of their disaster medical response.

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Center for Preparedness and Response

CDC

The CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response provides a comprehensive overview of etiology, identification and treatment of the entire scope of natural and unnatural disasters with links to training and preparedness sites.

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