At ASA® ADVANCE 2023: The Anesthesiology Business Event, we have a packed schedule you won’t want to miss. Attend sessions covering hot issue topics.
Keynote Address: Leading Through Turbulent Times
Bernie Banks, MBA
Friday, January 27, 2023
Today’s operating environment is as dynamic and fast paced. In this session, the participants will be exposed to some practical tools designed to help leaders effectively navigate the environment more effectively.
Taking the Surprise out of The No Surprises Act
Jonathan Gal, MD, MBA, MS, FASA, Manuel Bonilla, MS, Michael Champeau, MD, FASA, Steven Schulman, MD, MHA, FASA
Friday, January 27, 2023
The No Surprises Act (NSA) has dramatically altered the reimbursement landscape for all anesthesia practices. Understanding its ramifications on out of network payments and managed care contracting is essential for the continued success of anesthesiology as a business. This session will focus on the key provisions in the NSA, current interpretations of the law and legal challenges, with a focus on the qualifying payment amount (QPA) and independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. In this session, we will discuss the varying degrees of exposure different practices may face given their underlying payor contracting characteristics. Based on that exposure, we will discuss the specific risks practices face and how to quantify that risk in terms of annual revenue, considering the QPA and long-term downward pressure on contracting. Finally, we will role play through a sample IDR process, giving attendees an opportunity to understand the process at a granular level. Although the challenges are great, understanding the ramifications of the NSA are key to long term success. Attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of where the law stands and how they will need to adjust to ensure viability.
Physician Collective Bargaining and Unionization
Thomas J. Sugarman, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Robert S. Sugarman, JD, Ro Gonsalves, MD
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Physicians increasingly report loss of practice autonomy, difficulties with reimbursement and administrative hassles, all leading to burn out. This session will provide background on labor movements, unions, and collective bargaining. Attendees will learn about unions in the context of physicians, including the potential for physicians who are not “employed” to collectively bargain. The ethics and implications of physicians organizing to improve their negotiating leverage will be considered. Attendees will learn about recent example of a successful organizing effort leading to a new physician union.