If you are an American anesthesiologist, and you do your own billing, now you have a simple choice. You can either buy everyone’s
favorite old-fashioned ASA Relative Value Guide ($75/$25), and calculate your charges based on the time spend in OR and on base units, or you can buy a new slick iPhone calculator that will do the work for you.
And here’s more:
A-Units was created in cooperation with a practicing anesthesiologist. A unique copyrighted UNITS calculator will help you quickly calculate your time spent and units billed per procedure. Your case details will be saved in a HISTORY folder for future reference and the specific data points will be kept for your personal analysis in a DATA page. The FAVORITES page will allow you to store your most common cases performed so you can quickly add cases without searching the extensive CPT(R) database.
A-Units contains the most current Relative Value Guide(R) and CPT database provided exclusively from the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) and American Medical Association (AMA). The database is easily searched by keywords or codes. Procedures can also be searched by specific body region on the BROWSE page. Once the specific procedure is located, clicking on it will bring up the calculator to allow you to input your specific case information. The Units calculator will display the CPT code and descriptor phrase along with the base units allowed for the case. Once your start and stop time is entered the calculator will quickly determine total minutes of anesthesia, time units earned and total units for the case. This is then saved to your HISTORY and DATA page for a permanent record.