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Master the Art of Anesthesia Billing: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Here are common anesthesia billing mistakes to avoid if you want to maximize your revenue and save your bottom line.

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Medicare Information for 2022: LCD Changes in Pain Management and More

As we’ve mentioned before, aging populations, an increase of cardiovascular conditions, and patient pain management will lead to a rise in the need for anesthesia services leading up to 2025 and beyond. CMS is constantly refining codes as changes in surgeries and procedures require billing costs that accurately reflect them.  In 2022, most of these […]

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What’s New in Anesthesia? An Interview with Soneaqua Flanagan

Soneaqua Flanagan joined the Medical Business Management team in November of 2000. Before this, she had several years of experience working in hospitals and other medical billing companies. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare management and 22 years at MBM, she is nothing short of an expert.  Soneaqua is a Certified Professional Coder […]

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Anesthesia Drug Market Growth: Riding the Crest of the Wave

Despite the challenges to the general anesthesia drug market precipitated by COVID-19, its market share is projected to hit $2.4 billion by 2025. That’s a robust compound annual growth rate of 3.4%. But how did we get here? Who’s controlling this market? And how do we ride the crest of this wave without wiping out?  […]

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Alert: Potential Changes to Reimbursement for Anesthesia Sedation in Pain Management Injections

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the International Spine Intervention Society, minor pain management procedures require only local anesthesia under most routine circumstances, these include: Epidural steroid injections Epidural blood patch Trigger point injections Sacroiliac joint injections Bursal injections Occipital nerve block Facet injections Because of this, general anesthesia and moderate sedation services […]

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Code Revisions for 2021: What You Need to Know

As next year approaches, we expect to see many changes - in how we do business, how we plan for the future, and how we code our pain management services.  That’s right, the CPT® 2021 code book has been released. It details coding additions, revisions, and deletions to be implemented next year.  We will provide […]

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HICN: The End of an Era

The Transition Period is Over! For 2020, it’s out with the old, and in with the new. Starting January 1st, 2020, CMS will reject any and all claims submitted with the old, the HICN (Health Insurance Claim Number), and will only accept them submitted with the new, the MBI (Medicare Beneficiary Identifier). Hopefully, you’ve been […]

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Changes to the BCBS of Alabama Anesthesia Fee Schedule

BCBS of Alabama Mid-Year Update: Are you aware of the changes to the BCBSAL Anesthesia Fee Schedule Attention! If you are an anesthesia provider or coder and like increasing your bottom line, this is vital information for you. There are important Blue Cross Blue Shield anesthesia conversion factor increases that begin on July 1st, 2019 […]

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Thaw Out: Don't Let Hypothermia Claims Freeze Your Bottom Line

Every year, it’s always the same. After the holidays, after the New Year, after vacations are over and routine has started, we wait for the spring. A small burst of warmth and sunlight leaves us clamoring for warm weather, even when there’s a month left of winter. Stay warm, and hang in there! In the […]

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Staying On Top Of Medicare Changes in 2019

The simplest solution is usually the best one. When it comes to the tangled web of Medicare services and billing, however, staying simple isn’t always easy. Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) update their policies in order to stay on top of technological advances and to streamline their processes. Less paperwork […]

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