Reimbursement Policies FAQ

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Q. What guideline should a provider use to determine whether a specific service can or cannot be provided at the same time as medical direction?
Q. May an anesthesiologist perform preoperative evaluations for patients presenting for surgery later that day, or on future days?
Q. May an anesthesiologist perform procedures on patients presenting for surgery that day, either preoperatively or in the post anesthesia care unit?
Q. What constitutes the “immediate area of the operating suite?”
Q. Do you agree that there is no definable period of induction or emergence for MAC and regional anesthetic cases, and that therefore the medically directing anesthesiologist need not indicate presence for induction and emergence for these cases?
Q. May the medically directing anesthesiologist take a short break to eat a meal or use the rest room?


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