Incredibly, Congress's proposed health-care reform plan risks skimping on anesthesia. According to one of the health-care bills in Congress, H.R. 3200, the public option would reduce reimbursement for anesthesia by over 50%.
How do you think Healthcare Reform is going to effect the field of anesthesia?
From another blog:
I am shocked that no one is commenting on the potential impact of President Obama's Healthcare reform. As many of you may be aware, under the current proposals, payment of Anesthesiolgists and CRNAs will be a Medicare rates which are about 30% the level of private insurance. My state Anesthesiologist association projects that the bottom-line affect for most anesthesiologists will be a 50% cut in reimbursement. It is a foregone conclusion that in order to compete with the government option, private insurers will drop their reimbursement to the same levels as government.
Now Mr. Orzak, President Obama's budget director, states that there will be further 20% cuts in physician reimbursement in the future. This means that an Anesthesiologists or CRNAs income will be cut 60%.
Don't know if this is still active, but this tries to exempt anesthesia from the reform rates. All anesthesia providers can sign...