Becker's Healthcare March 13, 2024
Patsy Newitt

Four anesthesiologists joined Becker’s to discuss why the anesthesia reimbursement model needs to be changed.

Editor’s note: These responses were edited lightly for brevity and clarity.

Thomas Durick, MD. Anesthesiologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus): Anesthesia reimbursements continue to be misunderstood by CMS, insurers and even our own colleagues. We allow the government and insurance companies to dictate what our services are worth (such as the recent bundling of ultrasound services into the most commonly performed regional anesthesia procedures for a reduced total reimbursement). We do the same (or more) work each year for less reimbursement and more challenges to get paid. Until we fight to be seen as more than nameless, faceless plunger...

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