Articles Posted in Anesthesia

On May 21, 2010, CMS issued a new transmittal clarifying the interpretive guidelines for the hospital conditions of participation for anesthesia services. The transmittal serves to revise Appendix A “Survey Protocol, Regulations and Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals”. Consistent with the CMS December 11, 2009 memorandum, the transmittal confirms that “The administration of medication via an […]

In a recent development for the anesthesia community, HealthDataInsights (“HDI”), the RAC for Region D, removed the anesthesia care package issue from its approved issues list. In January of 2010, the RAC vendor posted the following issue: Under NCCI Edit rules, the anesthesia care package consists of preoperative evaluation, standard preparation and monitoring services, administration […]

A Florida Appeals Court upheld a ruling last month that a hospital-based but non-contracted provider may not balance bill patients for amounts unpaid by the patients’ HMO, when the HMO has accepted liability. The text of the ruling can be found here. In this case, the patients, each a subscriber to one HMO, received pre-authorization […]