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Practice Management

ASA offers its members a wide variety of practice management services out of the Office of Governmental and Legal Affairs in Washington, D.C. The resources on this page are designed to help you manage a successful anesthesiology practice. If you have any questions, please contact one of the staff members listed below for assistance.

Sharon Merrick, M.S., CCS-P 
Director of Payment and Practice Management


Coding and Billing

ASA Quality Meeting: Creating and Measuring Quality in AnesthesiologyTM


Practice Management Course Offerings


Interpretive Guidelines Implementation Templates


Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

Practice Parameters

Quality Management and Departmental Administrative (QMDA) Toolkit 

Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC)   

Survey Results for Commercial Anesthesia Conversion Factor    

Practice Management FAQs

Practice Management Tools for Residents

Payment and Practice Management Memos

CMS Presentation on Avoiding EPrescribing and PQRS Penalties

Bibliography of Payment and Practice Management Writings

Company Model


Practice Management News

12-18-2014 - Coding Guidance for Anesthesia for Screening Colonoscopy

12-16-14 - CMS Announces Next Opportunity for ICD-10 Testing

03-04-14 - CMS Announces End-to-End ICD-10 Testing Opportunity

01-14-14 - CMS Posts Locale-Specific Anesthesia Conversion Factors

01-14-14 - PQRS Measure #44 – Anesthesiology CPT® Codes Added for 2014

12-23-13 - ASA and Pain Medicine Societies Urge CMS to Delay Implementation of Severe Cuts for Pain Procedures

12-12-13 - ASA Opposes CMS Decision to Lower Values for Interlaminar Epidurals in 2014 Final Rule

12-05-13 - ASA Joins Coalition Partners in Opposing Congressional Committees' Most Recent Revised Draft Legislation to Repeal and Replace SGR, Interim 3 Month SGR Patch Expected

12-05-13 - CMS Extends 2014 Annual Participation Enrollment Period through January 31

12-03-13 - 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Issued; Anesthesiology Receives 1 Percent Increase to Allowed Charges, MAV Process Maintained for PQRS

11-12-13 - HHS OIG Releases Advisory Opinion Finding A Company Model Type Arrangement May Violate the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute

11-12-13 - ASA Offers Recommendations on Most Recent SGR Repeal and Replace Proposal

11-05-13 - New SGR Repeal and Replace Proposal Introduced by Key Senate and House Committees

10-29-13 - ASA Requests Information on Company Model Arrangements

10-14-13 - FAQ Documents on Laryngoscopes and Endotracheal Tubes Released by The Joint Commission

09-10-13 - ASA, Other Medical Groups Address CMS on Potential Release of Medicare Physician Data

07-31-13 - House Energy & Commerce Committee Passes SGR Replacement Bill

07-30-13 - ASA Expresses Support for Key Provisions of House Committee’s SGR Replacement Bill, Urges Changes to Harmful Provision

07-09-13 - CMS Releases 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

06-14-13 - ASA Raises Concerns with Noridian Over Proposed LCD on Nerve Blocks

05-22-13 - ASA Expresses Support for Changes to Federal HIT Initiative

04-02-13 - ASA Advocates to CMS on Improvements to Standardized Hospital Outpatient Surgical Department and Ambulatory Surgical Center Survey

03-26-13 - Noridian Clarifies Sequestration Payment Cuts

02-19-13 - Participate in ICD-10 Survey

02-15-13 - Voice Opposition to the "Company Model"

01-15-13 - ASA Responds to Proposed CMS Measure to Provide Appropriate Monitoring to Patients Using Opioids via Patient Controlled Analgesia 

01-04-13 - CMS Releases the Revised Locale Specific Medicare Anesthesia Conversion Factors for 2013

08-03-12 - CMS Releases Provider Compliance Map to give providers and stakeholders information on the following Contractors: Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM), Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT), Medicare Recovery Audit Operations (RACs), and Medicare Administrative Contractor (MACs).

06-11-12 - CMS issues notice that Version 4010 transactions will deny on/after 7/1/2012

04-11-12 - QMDA Quality Checklist

04-09-12 - HHS Proposes 1-Year Delay for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, New Health Plan Identifier and changes to National Provider Identifier Requirements

04-03-12 - Updated Information About 2011 and 2012 Medicare Anesthesia Conversion Factor

03-27-12 - Additional Increase in Medicare Anesthesia Conversion Factor Applicable to All 2012 Claims

03-16-12 - ASA Requests NQF Endorse Surgical CAHPS Measure

03-13-12 - CMS Issues Updated Locale-Specific Anesthesia Conversion Factors

01-27-12 - CMS Announces 5010 Changes for Non-Specific Procedure Codes

01-18-12 - CMS Issues Update on "Not Otherwise Classified" Codes

01-05-12 - FDA Approves a Class REMS for TIRF Products

01-04-12 - ASA Offers NCCI Clarification

12-22-11 - ASA and X12 Reach Agreement --5010 Special Information Requirement for Non-Specific CPT Codes Only Applies to a Single Anesthesia Code, CPT 01999

11-18-11 - CMS Announces 90-Day Period of Enforcement Discretion for Compliance with New HIPAA 5010 Transaction Standards

11-18-11 - CMS Announces FY2011 Error Rates and New Demonstrations to Target Improper Payments

11-07-11 - Changes for Anesthesia Claims Under 5010 Transaction Code Set

11-02-11 - CMS Releases Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Regulation

10-05-11 - Important Information about January 1, 2012 transition to 5010 format for claims processing for Medicare and all payers 

08-11-11 - ICD-10 Industry Progress Survey – Please Respond by August 31

08-08-11 - Important Information About Medicare Provider Enrollment

08-01-11 - New Regulation Regarding Reporting of Anesthesia Time 

07-27-11 - ASA Submits Comments to CMS in Regard to the Agency's NPRM on the Five Year Review

07-14-11 - ASA Update on Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use

07-06-11 - ASA Expresses Concern to CMS over Rejection of RUC Recommendations

07-05-11 - CMS Releases 2012 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

06-03-11 - ASA Responds to Accountable Care Organization Proposed Rule

05-19-11 -New Interpretive Guidelines Implementation Templates Released

05-09-11 - CMS Announces National Version 5010 Testing Day  

02-25-11 - ASA Submits Comments to OIG on "Company Model"   

02-22-11 - ASA Adds Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) webpage to Practice Managment webpage

02-08-11 -  Reprocessing Claims Affected by the Affordable Care Act and 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Changes 

02-04-11 - ASA Nominates Robert E Kettler M.D. to MEDCAC 

01-21-11 - ASA Scores Major Victory on Labor Epidural Supervison

01-12-11 - CMS Issues Reminder on New Timely Claims Filing Deadlines   

01-09-11 -  AMA Issues Correction to Nov 2010 CPT Assistant Article Regarding Fluoroscopy and Interlaminar Epidural Injections 

01-03-11 - ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding the CY 2011 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule 

12-22-10 - ASA Sends Joint Letter to The Joint Commission Concerning Medication Management

12-21-10 - Anesthesia Payment Update

12-15-10 - RAC Findings of Potential Note to Anesthesiologists

12-08-10 - Participation Needed in Important RUC Survey 

12-06-10 - ASA Responds to CMS' Request for Information on Accountable Care Organizations 

11-29-10 - Important Update on PECOS Ordering Referring

11-29-10 - CMS Introduces the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

11-17-10 - Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Releases Pain Study

11-16-10 - Request for Information from CMS Regarding ACOs

11-04-10 - Incentive Payment Update for 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

11-03-10 - ASA Nominates Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., to the PCORI Methodology Committee

10-22-10 - NCQA Releases Proposed Standards for ACOs

10-20-10 - Be the First to Know about Changes Impacting Anesthesiology with ASA’s Webinar: What’s On the Horizon for Anesthesiology in 2011?

10-13-10 - New ASA Ad Hoc Committee on ACOs

10-04-10 - National Quality Forum Webinar: ABC's of Measurement

10-01-10 - ASA Update on Succinylcholine and Other Drug Shortages

09-23-10 - The 2010 Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) Results Are Now Available!

08-25-10 - OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

08-24-10 - ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

08-24-10 - ASA Nominates James P. Rathmell, M.D. and Richard W. Rosenquist, M.D. to Pain Care Committees

08-23-10 - ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the “Red Flags Rule”

08-20-10 - ASA on-demand webinar on “Review of Recent Regulatory Rules Impacting Anesthesiology” now available for purchase

08-19-10 - FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

08-12-10 - Please complete the ASA and ASCCA Survey on Critical Care Medicine

08-11-10 - ASA Nominates Peggy G. Duke, M.D. to PCPI Executive Committee At-Large Seat

08-04-10 - CMS Announces Educational Series for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

07-13-10 - CMS and ONC Release Final EHR Rules

07-09-10 - CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

07-07-10 - Updated Anesthesia Conversion Factors by Locale

06-30-10 - CMS to Review PECOS Enrollment Process


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