Your voice is important to resolve the issues below
Why This Matters
ASA advocates to ensure equitable payments to anesthesiologists through the development of measures and models that capture and express the value of what anesthesiologists do; right historical wrongs in government payment models; and direct and influence policy to uphold the economic viability of your practice and the specialty.
Learn more about key economic issues that impact you and what ASA is doing about them.
Surprise medical bills can cause financial harm to both patients and providers. Learn how ASA is working to ensure anesthesiologists maintain the ability to negotiate fair payment rates and resolve disputes.
ASA supports ensuring access to health insurance for all Americans and restricting the use of Medicare rates as a mechanism for payments to physicians. Learn how we’re working to advance these priorities.
Ways we are helping to protect the anesthesia specialty
Eight ASA governance bodies are tackling not only the three key initiatives of the 33% Problem, Surprise Medical Billing, and the Public Option, but five other economic initiatives that help demonstrate your value to colleagues, the public, and lawmakers. See who is working on your behalf [pdf].
October 1, 2021, leading societies of physicians encourage regulators to revisit congressional intent to protect the viability of physician practices. Read the press release.
In a letter to the GAO [pdf], ASA discusses the findings and conclusions of the GAO’s October 2020 report and provides additional details that support the case that Medicare significantly undervalues anesthesia care. The letter offers arguments that commercial rates represent a more accurate valuation of anesthesia care.
What You Can Do Now
Actions you can take today to protect your specialty
In this special podcast, key ASA leaders discuss the society’s Payment Progress initiative. Listen in to learn more about what ASA is doing to address economic challenges and help anesthesiologists secure their economic futures.
Dr. Washington, an anesthesiologist, works at a 300-bed hospital with Operating Room efficiency issues. Systems, staffing, and workflow problems led case cancellations. Learn how Dr. Washington convinces his hospital’s C-suite that Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) can improve OR efficiency.
Enhance the value of your anesthesia practice and protect your payments for services provided. The economic health and viability of your practice is a fundamental priority for ASA. Explore this extensive compendium of Monitor articles curated by Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA, ASA Vice President for Professional Affairs.
Meet Dr. Martinez, an anesthesiologist practicing in a 400-bed safety net hospital. Her hospital is struggling to address high readmission rates for hip replacements and CMS imposed financial penalties. Learn how Dr. Martinez implements a win-win scenario for her team, patients, and hospital.
Dr. Barnes is an anesthesiologist who works for a private practice group that serves a large metropolitan hospital participating in an Alternative Payment Model (APM). The administration selected an episode-based model and has asked clinicians for feedback as they explore ways to achieve the APM objectives.
The Future of Anesthesiology Payment Town Hall was held live on June 29, 2021 to discuss ASA's Payment Progress Initiative. The initiative was motivated by the fact that securing adequate payment for anesthesiology services is becoming increasingly more challenging.