The economics of health care have always been complicated and have become even more so in recent years with changes in payment systems and a shift to value-based models. Given the integral role anesthesiology plays in medicine, it is crucial that anesthesiologists are valued appropriately and receive fair payment for their services.

One of health care's realities is “no margin, no mission,” noted Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD, FASA, ASA Vice President for Professional Affairs. “It is a simple fact that considerable practice resources are necessary to deliver high-quality, safe, and efficient care. Payment systems must provide for the full cost of a given episode of care.”

Securing adequate payment in the current complex health care environment requires a deep understanding of not only how anesthesiologists are paid but what influences those payments. Through the initiatives under the Payment Progress...

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