Blog entries tagged in anesthesia
The focus on quality outcomes in healthcare has been long in coming.
As the cost of health care continues to rise faster than the cost of
living, the nation finds itself facing a dilemma. Perhaps a free market
approach to healthcare is not the best approach after all. Economic
incentives and ground breaking research have clearly provided
significant advances in some areas, but what has been their impact on
cost? As diverse and independent as the specialty of anesthesiology is,
its practitioners have challenged the leadership to take the lead in
finding ways to provide quality care more consistently so that
anesthesia is not a contributor to the cost of healthcare but a
regulator of spending.
While virtually all anesthesiologists and CRNAs have now become
familiar with the current requirements of the Physician Quality
Reporting System (PQRS), this is just one example of a public approach
to ensuring consistency based on...
Anesthesia is the quintessential service specialty. Establishing and maintaining a consistently strong relationship with a hospital, a clinic or an ASC is no easier for an anesthesia group practice than for any other type of service provider, be it car mechanic, internet provider or hair stylist; today’s medical consumers know they have options that give them leverage in demanding services and loyalty. For too many anesthesia practices this is a relatively new and somewhat disconcerting state of affairs. Anesthesia vulnerability to replacement has grown in direct proportion to the amount of financial support provided by the facility; practices that receive no subsidy support clearly have the strongest support, at least to the extent that they provide quality care. Competition for anesthesia contracts has ushered in a new era of service expectations and changed the perception of the role of the specialty in the facility. Quite simply consistently good outcomes are simply...
Some of us are old enough to remember the days when anesthesia prtoviders got paid more or less based on what they decided to charge. It used to be that a favorable mix of patient insurance coverage (payor mix) and reasonably busy operating rooms was sufficient to ensure the financial viability of an anesthesia practice. There was a time when anesthesiologists talked about things like group formation, hospital contracts and managed care negotiations in the abstract as interesting options. Conventional wisdom held that a few persistent and disciplined secretaries would be sufficient to provide for the business requirements of the typical practice. Sadly those days of entrepreneurial opportunity have given way to a whole new set of practice management challenges. Survival and success now have much less to do with the favorability of the payor mix or even with the clinical qualifications of the providers; today’s practices must constantly monitor and...
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