Recently I had the privilege of attending ASA® ADVANCE: The Anesthesiology Business Event (previously the ASA PRACTICE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE) in Dallas, Texas. This annual conference brings together anesthesiologists, residents, political advocates, strategists, information technologists, employers, and many more to promote strategic solutions that ensure successful performance across all anesthesia practice models. Before attending the curated resident track lectures, I listened to the ASA presidential address by Randall M. Clark, MD, FASA, who showcased the battles facing current and future anesthesiologists. Until recently, I was grossly unfamiliar with the No Surprises Act, the 33% Problem, and the Stone Memo. After Dr. Clark's presentation, I felt educated and motivated to bring these issues to the attention of my co-residents.

The No Surprises Act was part of a bill passed in December 2020 aiming to protect patients from surprise medical bills while attempting to create ways for physicians and insurers to approach...

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