Updated: Mar 3
Out-of-network (OON) anesthesia can be very expensive for patients. Anesthesia groups that are OON may charge higher fees than those who are in-network, resulting in higher out-of-pocket costs for patients. Additionally, insurance companies may not cover OON anesthesia services, leaving the patient to pay a significantly larger amount than if they had anesthesia services provided by an in-network provider. This can be especially problematic for those who have limited insurance coverage or who do not have insurance at all.
When patients receive huge bills from OON providers, this can often lead to a lot of frustration and often times results in the patients calling the surgeon's office or surgery center to complain about their bill. This leads to a lot of unproductive time spent answering phone calls for front office staff and dealing with issues that could have been avoided had the facility used an in-network anesthesia group. It may even lead future patients to other physicians offices and surgery centers that do utilize an in-network anesthesia group.
Trident Anesthesia holds direct payer in-network contracts with BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, among others, and over 95% of our claims are processed in-network. We would be happy to discuss anesthesia coverage with you and your facility and provide your patients with the anesthesia service that they deserve.