ASA Joins With Other Specialties to Support CMS Proposal to Update Practice Expense Values

Chicago — (August 6, 2009) 

Earlier this year ASA members were selected to participate in the Physician Practice Information Survey. We appreciate those members who took part in this effort.

The results of the survey provide CMS with more accurate and up-to-date information to use when calculating Practice Expense payments.

The data that CMS currently uses to calculate the per hour costs for anesthesiology and pain medicine are more than ten years old. In addition, the payments for practice expenses (PE) for anesthesia and pain as well as the majority of other specialties were significantly distorted over the last several years when supplemental PE data was submitted by a small minority of specialties. Use of updated data will address this imbalance.

A small number of specialties have raised arguments against use of this new data. The following multi-specialty letter counters those arguments and urges implementation for services provided on/after January 1, 2010.


Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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