Do not be surprised when you receive your bills from your recent surgery and find more than one bill for your anesthesia. This will usually be evident in your EOB or Explanation of Benefits.
It is very common for patients to receive anesthesia by a team of providers consisting of an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist (CRNA). If you are covered by Medicare for your surgery, it is likely you will receive a bill from both the Anesthesiologist and a CRNA. Remember that they work as a team on your procedure. They are each billing for 50% of what Medicare pays for your care.
If your care is provided by an anesthesiologist, the bill will be for 100% of what Medicare pays. In the case of a private insurance covering your care, the bill will usually be paid completely to the anesthesiologist who is in charge even if there was also a CRNA taking care of you with the anesthesiologist.
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