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The shifting healthcare landscape brings new anesthesia challenges with each coming year, and 2017 will certainly be no exception. Anesthesia leaders should keep the following four topics high on their radar screens as we head “in with the new.”

Preparing for MACRA/Quality Payment Program.

The CMS schedule calls for Quality Payment Program preparation beginning January 1, but measures are still pending approval. The good news: You can relax for a bit, and begin reporting in a few weeks when it’s clear exactly what to measure against. The better news: You can lean on partners to track progress and share details in time for action plans. We’ve been doing this for years, and will continue to look out for your best interests in 2017.

Strategically planning a good night’s sleep.

We’ve just completed the abeo 2016 “What keeps anesthesiologists up at night?” survey. Sneak preview: The top “sleep barriers” are quality performance/reporting (see above) followed by hospital relationships. Concerns expressed in the survey all point to the need for strategic planning, the antidote to letting change just happen. Though top pain points can vary from practice to practice, anesthesia leadership should stay attuned to key trends in the market, especially as value-based initiatives continue to ramp up, and prepare and plan against those.

Out-of-network balance billing.

Florida and California recently passed bills on this topic, and several states have similar bills in the works. Legislative support comes from major insurance companies, and Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC) is pushing back. Make sure you’re involved in your state’s initiatives – and don’t be afraid to and look to experts for help in understanding how your practice is being affected.

ICD-10 coding changes.

As if there weren’t enough to keep an eye on, ICD-10 continues to evolve, with several changes effective January 1. As we have for years with ICD-9, we kept a close eye on coding developments so you don’t have to. Our 2017 CPT Procedure Coding Update Guide and the 2017 Anesthesia and Pain Management Guide which provide the new information you need at a glance, is now available for abeo clients. The guides were sent by email to clients that subscribe to our client news.  Email if you have not yet received a copy.

That’s our considered take on the big topics facing anesthesia as 2016 comes to the close. More are sure to come, and we’re here to help. Until then, Happy Holidays, everyone!


abeo Management Corporation (abeo) serves as a leading source of revenue cycle management and practice management with a specialization in anesthesia. The company leverages its people, processes, and software to serve independent practices, surgery centers, hospitals and healthcare systems with a scope of services that include billing, coding, transcription, practice management, and business consulting.

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