Viewpoint: How payers are suppressing anesthesia payments — 3 observations

Insurers are putting up new roadblocks to prevent anesthesia practices from getting paid, according to Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira.

Three observations from Mr. Mira:

1. Insurers are arbitrarily requiring "additional information" after a claim is submitted.

2. One carrier's average unpaid claims rate steadily rose from 3 percent in July 2018 to 24 percent by March 2019.

3. In states that have banned "surprise medical bills," payers are slashing rates for out-of-network anesthesia groups.

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