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  • Faced with rising healthcare costs and an increasing number of patient procedures, medical centers are concerned about scaling up their anesthesia department to address these needs. They ask themselves: How much will it cost us to hire additional anesthesia staff? Who will handle the anesthesia billing? What is our liability associated with doing it all in-house? Hiring an outside anesthesia services provider answers all of these questions If you are an office-based surgeon, ambulatory surgery center or hospital, you will be relieved to know that when outsourced, you don’t pay for anesthesia services! Since it is a service requested by the patient the cost is borne by him/her, the insurance company or the HMO. Anesthesia providers like Steel City Anesthesia are no cost to you. In fact, they can actually help you boost your revenue! The specific anesthesia care model you adopt (CRNA, physician anesthesiologist or an anesthesiologist supervising one or more CRNAs), will determine how much the patient pays. A recent study published in the May/June 2010 issue of the Journal of Nursing Economics revealed that using a solo CRNA for anesthesia delivery is the most cost-effective.  Companies that provide anesthesia services have been using this model for years for exactly this reason. By hiring them, you will quickly gain all of the benefits without any of the administrative hassles. Who is liable? Don’t stress about liability either! Outsourced CRNAs and anesthetists are independent licensed medical professionals who are accountable for their practice. Did you know that anesthesia delivery is no longer the liability (and does not require supervision) of the medical center? It’s the anesthesia provider who is liable. If you’re concerned about reputation, working with an established anesthesia management company eliminates these concerns. Ensure that your outsourced anesthesia service only hires accredited and dedicated CRNAs/anesthetists. What about billing? Anesthesia billing can be confusing, but anesthesia accounting specialists navigate the complexities and make sure the paperwork is in order. You needn’t be concerned about paying the anesthesia providers either. That is the patient’s and their insurance company’s responsibility. Not only that, you have an additional medical person on your team for free! Do you have questions about anesthesia liability, payments and billing? Ask us on this blog.

    23 Nov
    23 Nov
  • In our previous blog posts we’ve mentioned how a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) improves the quality of healthcare services offered. Let’s discuss why having a CRNA is more of a necessity than an option if you want to increase patient safety, positive outcomes and revenue. What is a CRNA? A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has acquired graduate-level education in anesthesia overseen by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist’s (AANA) Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). What this really means is that… Anesthesia providers are considered specialists and CRNAs are qualified to do the job. You know that it is illegal to have anesthesia administered by anyone who is not certified. CRNAs are independent licensed professionals who follow best practices and maintain high standards. They are accountable should anything go wrong. The liability is theirs… not yours. Their education is overseen by the AANA which provides all the necessary training to build a sound and safe practice. Having a CRNA means increased patient safety. A recent study on the “Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Anesthesia Providers,” published in the May/June 2010 issue of the Journal of Nursing Economics examined different anesthesia delivery models. The study included CRNAs, physician anesthesiologists acting solo, and a single anesthesiologist supervising one to six CRNAs.  The findings were conclusive. AANA President James Walker said, “The data confirms that CRNAs deliver anesthesia safely and cost-effectively. With growing demands on the healthcare system nationwide, we must do all we can to make sure the nation’s healthcare professionals are used as effectively and efficiently as possible.”  This reiterates what we’ve been saying, that CRNAs drive cost-efficiency and increase safety, improving your bottom line significantly. An established anesthesia management company like Steel City Anesthesia enhances productivity and patient flow by assigning local CRNAs on a routine basis. Your physicians get to know the person they are working with and our CRNAs understand your processes. Developing a complementary working style speeds up procedures and patient recovery. Plus we are very particular about who we hire. Our CRNAs are dedicated to delivering quality care to enhance your reputation and your practice. Do you have CRNAs on your medical team? Share your experience with us.

    15 Nov
    15 Nov
  • Can you think of a medical treatment that involves absolutely no pain and/or discomfort? Hard to think of any, right? Even a simple teeth cleaning by a dentist/hygienist can be uncomfortable if the patient is sensitive or needs advanced care. Pain management is an integral part of most patient procedures. Anesthesia outsourcing has improved patient comfort and safety across all streams of medical care. As a an office-based physician, ASC, or hospital, think of how many of your patients have hesitated or not come back for a follow up procedure because of the pain involved. This is probably a significant number. Anesthesia consultants can change that. They help build your reputation as a quality healthcare provider and boost your revenue. Satisfaction surveys reveal that outsourced anesthesia services facilitate enhanced healthcare services. They are able to provide clinically safe anesthesia for your growing number of patient procedures without compromising on patient comfort and care. Whether you’re looking for office-based anesthesia services or outpatient anesthesia, an established anesthesia management company is able to offer licensed CRNAs/anesthetists who are experienced in a wide range of procedures including Gynecology Dentistry Endoscopy Colonoscopy Urology Gastroenterology Positive patient outcomes with outsourced anesthesia care Anesthesia outsourcing ensures more positive patient outcomes irrespective of how complicated the procedure maybe. It is a proven fact that Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) is a more reliable and safe option than any other method of sedation. Qualified anesthetists monitor the patient’s condition during the entire procedure he/she is undergoing. This eliminates the need for an additional RN and ensures top quality medical care. These CRNAs and anesthesiologists are also trained to deal with complications which minimize unnecessary risks. In addition, MAC has lesser or no side effects. This is a significant advantage if you’re looking to reduce recovery times and increase service capabilities without driving up costs at your medical center. Pain-free procedures, increased patient safety and comfort, and shorter stays encourage people to seek follow up treatments. Are you already working with anesthesia consultants? Tell us the benefits of anesthesia partnerships that you’re enjoying.

    09 Nov
    09 Nov
  • The tremendous benefits of anesthesia outsourcing have led to an increased demand for anesthesia consultants. Many anesthesiologists/CRNAs are now looking to establish mutually beneficial anesthesia partnerships with hospitals, ASCs and office-based practices. And there are a number of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia anesthesia providers to choose from. However, if you’re considering switching to this new and successful anesthesia care model, make sure you have an established anesthesia management company to help you make a smooth and safe transition. How to choose an anesthesia provider? Make sure CRNAs/anesthetists are licensed and certified: Don’t compromise on patient safety. The anesthesia management company that you choose must show you proof of their qualifications. Look for smooth service delivery process: Successful anesthesia outsourcing follows a smooth process. Introducing office-based anesthesia services or adding to outpatient anesthesia services in a hospital/ASC is problem-free when you’re dealing with an experienced anesthesia management company. From assistance with setup and credentialing to offering reliable anesthesia providers and navigating complex anesthesia billing procedures, make sure everything will be taken care of. Examine the anesthesia management company’s track record: As with any other service, reputation and customer satisfaction are big indicators of what to expect. Ask around the medical community for names of anesthesia providers with a proven track record for consistency and top quality, clinically safe anesthesia services. Ask if they provide personalized service: Some anesthesia providers like Steel City Anesthesia LLC  match their CRNAs/anesthetists to your procedural preferences and working style. Personalized service from anesthetists with local ties increases efficiency, drives more positive patient outcomes and ensures your satisfaction. Check if they accommodate special requests: Flexibility and willingness to accommodate special requests makes for valuable anesthesia partnerships. Having an anesthesia provider who shares your goals for increasing service capacity and quality is a great asset. Have additional requirements you’re searching for? Tell us what you’re looking for in an anesthesia provider. We’d love to hear from you on our blog!

    01 Nov
    01 Nov