It is no surprise that at a time where technology is rapidly changing and advancing, machines are sometimes being used to replace humans to perform certain jobs. Some believe that machines can perform tasks and make decisions more efficiently than humans. The world of healthcare and anesthesia service is not immune to these types of practices.
The last of this four part series striking down the myths behind the use of an anesthesia management solutions focuses on time. Many facilities are of the mindset that by having their own, in-house anesthesia team provides them with the most flexible option as it relates to availability and time. However, regional anesthesia management solutions actually have the ability to offer improved flexibility as it relates to anesthesia services.
In today’s world, every company is being asked to take on more responsibilities with the same or, unfortunately, sometimes even less resources. Finding cost efficiencies does not always mean going without something; it sometimes means absorbing the workload in another area. The world of healthcare, and anesthesia, is not immune to this practice.
“That’s like comparing apples to oranges.” How many times have you heard or even used this expression? In medicine, no two patients, no two hospitals, not two…well, anything is the same. So why do so many healthcare facilities still use the excuse that there isn’t any difference between anesthesia management solutions organizations?
Opportunities arise daily where facilities can improve the management of anesthesia care. The passage of the Affordable Care Act may appear to have resulted in “affordable care” for everyone, but for hospitals, surgery facilities or healthcare practices, it has created more challenges than many believed it would. The game has changed from clear standards to blurred lines consisting of regulatory issues that make the possibility of being compliant more and more difficult. When this happens, facilities look towards third party solutions to help make sense of it all.
There is a difference between providing anesthesia services and being an anesthesia management company. As more and more facilities are being penalized for not taking proper precautions to prevent patient infections and other complications considered by the government to be unavoidable, hospitals are at risk for losing millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements. It is imperative for hospital executives to focus on ways to maximize revenue while continuing to improve quality of care in the ever changing and challenging world of healthcare. Anesthesia services make up one of the biggest opportunities where a review can prove to have an untapped source of additional financial benefits for these facilities.
Patient satisfaction is a new competitive advantage for anesthesia services. The holiday season also brings a silent pressure to find the perfect gift for all of the people on your shopping list. Whether it is the latest and greatest technology or, as in a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the jelly of the month club, everyone is looking for, “the gift that keeps giving the whole year.” For Steel City Anesthesia, the gifts we provide our facilities such as costs savings, efficient operating procedures and expert anesthesia services, are presents we deliver every day. However, patient satisfaction is an integral part to quality management and is the perfect “gift” from any anesthesia partners.
Our CRNAs and anesthesiologists practice strict infection control to avoid pre and post-operative complications. Our anesthesia care model emphasizes and improves patient safety which increases positive patient outcomes. We send anesthesia providers who are familiar with your facility’s operating procedures.
Anesthesia outsourcing reduces your liability in the OR. Physician intra-operative monitoring is eliminated and anesthesia is the sole responsibility of our anesthetist. As your anesthesia provider, Steel City Anesthesia LLC becomes responsible for any issues that might arise.
The biggest factors that inflate anesthesia-related costs are insufficient OR room utilization and provider productivity. OR utilization is a measure of use of an operating room that is appropriately staffed with personnel to successfully deliver a surgical procedure to a patient. Improvements in OR efficiency can have a major impact on hospital staff, finances and OR management. Outsourced anesthesia is one way to increase the efficiency of staffing and care delivery.
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