Updates from September 2022 affecting the anesthesia industry that you don’t want to miss:

Becker’s Debut Ranking of All 50 States for Private Practice Physicians

A physician looking to go into private practice has to think about several factors when settling on a location. Prominent among them are the area’s average pay, regulatory environment, amount of competition and individual insurance market.

Becker’s ASC Review has compiled data from the 2020 CensusBureau of Labor Statisticsstate regulations on new practices and the Kaiser Family Foundation to create a ranking of all 50 states for private practice physicians.

This ranking exists nowhere else. 

Employed Physician Salary: 13 Stats

Medscape’s 2022 “Employed Physicians Report” surveyed more than 1,350 physicians employed by healthcare organizations, hospitals, large group practices, clinics or other medical groups about their jobs. Here are 13 stats about employed physician salary:

The No Surprises Act – Anticipating Unanticipated Consequences

A quick review of some of the more prominent features of the Act demonstrates why many providers and hospitals are concerned about serious consequences to the delicate contractual balance between insurers and healthcare providers.

Physician Burnout Higher in 2021 than 2020, Study Shows

Stay in the Know: About 63% of physicians surveyed experienced at least one manifestation of burnout in 2021, shooting up from 38% in 2020 and representing the highest amount in a decade of recurring survey findings, according to an article published this week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

St. Vincent to Close to Inpatient Care Nov. 15 at Cleveland Hospital; Will Keep Some Outpatient, Primary Care

Stay in the Know: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, which has been caring for Cleveland’s sick since the Civil War era, announced Wednesday that in mid-November it will stop offering inpatient, surgical and emergency room care.

ACOs Fight Looming Cuts, Privatization Rhetoric

Stay in the Know: Without congressional action, 5% bonus for advanced alternative payment models disappears in 2023

Beaumont-Spectrum to cut 400 jobs amid ‘significant’ financial pressure

Stay in the Know: Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health, now BHSH System, plan to cut 400 jobs as the Michigan health system faces “significant financial pressures,” the system told Healthcare Dive.

5 Thoughts on the Downside to Physician Employment

Stay in the Know: In its 2022 “Employed Physicians Report,” Medscape surveyed more than 1,350 physicians employed by healthcare organizations, hospitals, large group practices, clinics or other medical groups about their jobs.  

Here are five quotes from anonymous employed physicians about the downsides of their jobs: 

Anesthesiology Residency Programs with the Most Openings

Stay in the Know: According to a report from the American Medical Association, there are around 1,774 open first-year positions for anesthesiology residents. The University of Miami tops the list with the most openings for residents. 

Ten anesthesiology residency programs with the most open positions-

 

 

Death of Anesthesiologist who Worked at Temporarily Closed Texas ASC Under Investigation

Anesthesiologist Melanie Kaspar, MD died on June 21. She was originally thought to have had a heart attack, but the Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled her death to be from the effects of the local anesthetic bupivacaine. The surgery center also temporarily paused operations following a medical emergency involving an 18-year–old boy in which a “compromised” IV bag was found at the facility. 

 

 

The Types Of Anesthesia Explained

Under the two main categories of anesthesia, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) explains there are three types of analgesic anesthesia: local, regional, and general. Here are the types of anesthesia explained:

 

 

Steps for Reducing Environmental and Financial OR Waste

A quality improvement project at the University of California San Francisco not only identified obstacles to reducing such waste, but provided clinicians with concrete steps they could take to address these shortcomings.

 

 

Current insurer calculation of qualified payment amount for out-of-network OON care may violate No Surprises Act: American Society of Anesthesiologists

In possible violation of the No Surprises Act, health insurance company calculations of Qualified Payment Amounts (QPA) for anesthesiology, emergency medicine and radiology services (and possibly other specialty services) likely include rates from primary care provider (PCP) contracts. A new study conducted by Avalere Health and commissioned by three national physician organizations examined a subpopulation of PCPs and determined that contracting practices may directly impact the QPA.

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