Media Statement

Sutter Health Settlement Compels Industry-Wide Review of Anesthesia Billing
by C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO, California Hospital Association

The California Hospital Association (CHA) was surprised and disappointed when Sutter Health was served in 2009 with a lawsuit by Rockville Recovery Associates LTD over its chronometric (time based) approach to billing for anesthesia services. More than 90 percent of hospitals in California, including state-owned hospitals, bill in the same manner and use the same billing codes. CHA filed an amicus brief in May 2013 to alert the court that chronometric billing is the industry standard and that hospitals are following state and federal guidelines.