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...