Non-OR anesthesia services cause trouble for practices: 4 things to know

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Non-operating room anesthesia services are becoming a more common frustration for anesthesia practices, according to Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira.

Four things to know:

1. Non-OR anesthesia includes electrophysiology, interventional radiology, catheterization lab, CT and MRI procedures.

2. Non-OR anesthesia services pose two challenges: They are typically unscheduled or added on during the day, and they may occur in a variety of settings.

3. In most cases, hospitals' contracts with anesthesia groups don't include non-OR coverage.

4. Non-OR anesthesia cases have a big effect on anesthesia practices in terms of manpower and scheduling. For this reason, Mr. Mira advises practices to monitor any services provided outside the operating room.

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