Anesthesia Billing Services
Anesthesiologists plays a vital role in assessing a patient’s medical readiness before surgery.
Anesthesiologists have a unique advanced knowledge of both a patient medical illnesses undergoing surgery may suffer, as well as the effects on the body of the specific operation to be performed.
The anesthesiologist’s preoperative evaluation may be very brief (such as in the case of a surgical emergency) or very prolonged (as in the case of a patient with multiple chronic medical problems who is to undergo an extensive operation).
In all cases, however, the anesthesiologist performs a focused history and physical examination, reviews available laboratory and special test results, and assesses the need for additional testing prior to proceeding with surgery.
How Anesthesia Charges are Calculated
It’s complex and calculated differently than most specialties.
Anesthesia services are calculated based on the following criteria:
- Difficulty of the procedure
- Modifying factors such as, health of the patient
The general formula for calculating anesthesia charges is as follows:
(Base units + Time units + Modifying units) x Conversion factor = Anesthesia charge
The bill from an anesthesia provider is for the anesthesia services:
developing the anesthesia plan,
administering anesthesia and
monitoring the patient’s vitals before, during and after a surgical procedure.