We have been analyzing the benefits of anesthesia outsourcing on our blog. What bigger benefit can any professional want than work-life balance? Many CRNAs and anesthetists are struggling to maintain the balance between work and family life. An increasing number of patients and procedures in hospitals and ambulatory/surgery centers means long working hours and very little family or leisure time. Moreover, if the medical facility they are working at is understaffed (due to budgetary constraints), working increased hours and reduced vacation time is not uncommon. The result is extreme exhaustion and work stress which takes a serious toll on the physical and mental well-being of these medical professionals. Anesthesia outsourcing reduces workload With anesthesia outsourcing hospitals, surgery centers and even office-based physicians have a cost-effective solution for dealing with increased procedures without overburdening their staff. Anesthesia providers can look forward to more flexibility in their work schedules. Anesthesia partnerships increase revenue and leisure/family time Forming an anesthesia partnership with an established anesthesia management company has improved quality of life (and earning capability) for CRNAs/anesthetists. Improved patient flow and positive patient outcomes have increased the demand for this successful new anesthesia care model and need for anesthesia consultants. With hospitals, surgery centers and office-based practitioners looking for outpatient anesthesia providers, there’s more than enough work to go around. Anesthesia management companies take care of all the paperwork The success of anesthesia outsourcing has anesthesia management companies looking for certified anesthesia providers to join their team. The company will… Source and provide work Manage contracts Navigate the complexities of anesthesia billing Ensure timely payment CRNAs and anesthesiologists now have a say in how many days or hours they want to work and no longer need to sacrifice family or leisure time. We would like to hear from you about how you aim to achieve a good work-life balance as an anesthesia provider. Has the outsourced anesthesia model worked for you? Post your comments on our blog.
New evidence confirms the quality and safety of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and the anesthesia care they deliver! This is the conclusion reached by Jerry Cromwell, PhD and Brian Dulisse, PhD while researching the quality and safety of care provided by CRNAs in states that opted out of the physician supervision rule by Medicaid (“No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision by Physicians”). The study concludes that there is no difference in the outcome experienced by the patient whether the anesthetic was administered by the physician anesthesiologist, the supervised Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, or the unsupervised CRNA. RTI International, where the study was conducted, confirmed what has been known for years by the community of nurse anesthetists; CRNA-only care is high quality and safe. As of right now, the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) restricts or in some cases prohibits reimbursements to hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers where there is no physician supervision of the CRNA. However, states began opting out of that rule in 2001. California is the most recent of the 15 states to have opted out. The RTI findings illustrate that physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is outdated and unnecessary. The study compared states where physician supervision is mandatory versus 14 states where it is not and found that the patient outcomes did not differ. As a result, the authors of the study are recommending that CMS repeal the “supervision rule.” Paul Santoro, CRNA, MS and president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist’s (AANA) states, “this study should encourage other states to think critically about their healthcare needs and how nurse anesthetists can expand access to anesthesia services.” In a recent article published in May by RTI, they found that the CRNA-only anesthesia care to be the most cost-effective anesthesia delivery model. This study obtained coverage in such notable media sources such as: The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Bureau of National Affairs, and Modern Healthcare. For further information on this topic visit the AANA website or contact Steel City Anesthesia.
How does anesthesia outsourcing increase patient safety and reduce liability? As a healthcare provider, patient safety is always your #1 priority. You follow stringent processes to ensure your patients are never at risk. BUT, no matter what you do, there’s always the stress and anxiety of liability. How do you get away from that? Hospitals, surgery centers and medical offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have made the leap of faith into anesthesia outsourcing! Yes, it is still an evolving concept in healthcare. But for those who have retained anesthesia consultants for on-demand anesthesia services, it’s a totally rewarding experience. Gone is their frustration of trying to work increased cases into an already tight schedule. No more stress of avoiding medical malpractice suits. Outsourced anesthesia services have improved focus and quality, and set a new standard in healthcare. Why are more and more healthcare facilities switching to this new anesthesia care model? The answer is pretty straightforward – more positive patient outcomes and higher revenue! Anesthesia outsourcing provides Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC). Sedation levels and patient’s vitals are closely monitored by an anesthetist or CRNA throughout the procedure. Precise dosage and continuous supervision reduces or eliminates complications. Elimination of pain through quick and effective outpatient anesthesia increases patient comfort. Fewer or no side effects of sedation also encourage faster recovery. This not only beefs up the medical center’s or doctor’s credibility but also increases the percentage of follow-up procedures. Established anesthesia outsourcing services like Steel City Anesthesia LLC promote best medical practices including strict infection control procedures which improves patient safety and lowers the risk of any pre or post-op problems. Best of all, anesthesia outsourcing reduces the healthcare facility’s liability. It no longer requires physician intra-operative monitoring sedation and is the sole responsibility of your anesthesia consulting service. This means that your anesthesia provider becomes liable for any malpractice issues that might arise, not your medical facility. Anesthesia outsourcing or consulting is a no-cost-no-liability service for any medical center, big or small. Have questions or comments? Post your thoughts on our blog.
How Does Anesthesia Outsourcing Reduce Staffing Requirements and Cost? The challenge of keeping costs and staffing requirements low is not unique to the corporate world. Hospitals, Ambulatory/Surgery Centers (ASCs) and doctors handling office-based anesthesia procedures also struggle with it. Maintaining the same high standards of healthcare but serving an increasing number of patients is an uphill task. Plus these medical centers are trying not to hire additional staff and reduce costs at the same time. Anesthesia outsourcing or using anesthesia consultants to meet the rising number of patients has proven to be the single most effective solution in improving medical services. Best part is — you’re not busting your budget with increased overhead! How a partnership with anesthesia on-demand service providers increases profits: No cost to you! None! Whether you’re managing a hospital, ASC or have a medical practice of your own, this new anesthesia care model is not another expense item in your books. Outpatient anesthesia services are paid for by the patients and their insurance companies so you don’t have to pay the anesthesia group. Additional free staffing: If you’ve been feeling the heat to increase staffing and improve patient services, anesthesia consulting is a simple and cost-efficient solution. Having an anesthetist or CRNA on hand during the procedure also reduces your traditional surgical staffing requirements. The anesthesia provider performs two roles; that of a technician as well as a registered nurse anesthetist. In addition, leading anesthesia on-demand services use Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC), so there’s no need for the anesthesia team to be supervised by a physician. This frees up personal and professional time for people on your team! Faster procedures: Anesthesia outsourcing improves healthcare quality and efficiency. Quicker and safer sedation means faster procedures. Fewer or no side effects encourages quick recovery. What does all this mean for your medical center? More surgeries and procedures, better patient referrals and more revenue! Healthcare facilities that have transitioned to anesthesia consulting from reliable providers like Steel City Anesthesia LLC are now running a tighter ship. Less staff on payroll but more money in the bank! Want to reduce staffing requirements and be more cost-effective? Let’s discuss anesthesia outsourcing on our blog.
Is there a difference between Sedation and Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)? No matter what the procedure, every patient’s main concern is pain level, speed of recovery and quality of healthcare services. The debate over methods of sedation is an ongoing one. BUT, Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) has proven to be clinically safe, improve patient comfort and aid faster recovery. The biggest difference between Sedation and MAC is continuous monitoring. With Sedation, anesthesia levels in a patient’s system are not as heavily monitored and it often becomes a guessing game. With MAC on the other hand, a dedicated resource is watching patient vitals and monitoring status throughout the procedure from pre to post-op. At any point, there is full knowledge of exactly how much of the anesthetic drug is in a patient’s system. This rules out the chances of less than a required dosage or an overdose on anesthesia. Key benefits of Monitored Anesthesia Care or MAC: Only a licensed anesthetist or CRNA assesses and manages the patient’s condition throughout the procedure. Continuous monitoring increases patient safety and comfort. MAC provides cost-effective pain relief. Even small doses of sedation medication can cause adverse physiological response. MAC requires a qualified CRNA or anesthetist who is trained to deal with any medical problems or complications that may arise during the procedure. The healthcare professional delivering MAC monitors the patient’s condition throughout the procedure and eliminates the need for additional medical staff during sedation or recovery. Improves efficiency, quality of medical procedures and number of patients a facility can serve. Hospitals, surgery/ambulatory centers and office-based physicians can better manage patient volumes by using MAC. While disturbing to know, it’s a fact that in some medical centers propofol sedation is not administered or monitored by a qualified anesthesia provider. Outsourcing your anesthesia services to an established provider like Steel City Anesthesia LLC increases patient safety and reduces your liabilities — a win-win situation for your healthcare facility and the patient. MAC can mean the difference between safe, top quality healthcare and increased risks of complications or even death from overdose. Remember what happened to Michael Jackson? Would you like to share your thoughts or observations about sedation vs. MAC? We’d love to hear from you on our blog.
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