Using medicare multiples results in disproportionate reimbursement for anesthesiologists compared to other physicians

David Lubarsky, J. Gerald Reves

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Multispecialty groups and insurer fee schedules computed as a multiple of the Medicare reimbursement rate have resulted in a severely low reimbursement rate for anesthesia compared to other specialties. The authors suggest that anesthesiologists negotiate for a discount from the usual and customary fee equal to what the other specialties have been asked to bear. (C) 2000 by Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-241
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • Common procedural terminology (CPT) codes
  • Discounts
  • Fee schedules
  • Medicare multiples
  • Resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS)
  • Third-party payers
  • Usual and customary fees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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