After years of discussion, Congress agreed to end most surprise out-of-network billing, including the No Surprises Act, in the year-end omnibus spending bill. But what exactly does this mean for anesthesiology and our patients? In this episode, Loren Adler, the Associate Director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, will be joining the show to discuss the specific implications of the No Surprises Act and how this may affect you moving forward.

Listen in as Loren shares how this new act will change the current landscape of payment within anesthesiology and what you need to be aware of. You will learn what Loren believes is the right price for anesthesiology, what he believes will change about private equity’s involvement with anesthesiology, and how this may impact employment within the industry.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • What is contained in the No Surprises Act.
  • The biggest issues anesthesiologists may face with this new act.
  • How this new act will play out versus how things are currently being run.
  • Why the No Surprises Act may be less jarring than anticipated.
  • How to price anesthesiology appropriately.
  • How broad the protection is from surprise bills.
  • How the No Surprises Act may affect health care costs.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

“You could see rates go down, but only to the degree that the anesthesia group was profiting or gaining leverage from the implicit or explicit threat of surprise billing.” – Loren Adler

“[The No Surprises Act] is less of a change than people are anticipating.” – Loren Adler

“From the government’s perspective, the right price is the one that guarantees access at an efficient cost.” – Loren Adler

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