Physician-Led Anesthesia Care Provides Value

Anesthesiologists keep patients safe, improve outcomes, protect your institution’s financial health, and increase the efficiency and quality of care across many medical and surgical specialties. They deliver unique value throughout the perioperative period.

Improving institutional performance

Removing anesthesiologists from anesthesia care is risky for your hospital and patients. You can partner with your anesthesiologists to reduce risk and enhance your hospital’s ratings and reputation.

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Protecting your institution and patients with medical expertise

Anesthesiologists lead anesthesia care and provide an unparalleled level of education and training to protect patients.

With specialized training, anesthesiologists identify and mitigate patient risk before surgery, prevent and respond to emergencies during surgery, and enhance postoperative recovery. They assume overall responsibility for anesthesia care while delegating appropriate roles to nonphysician anesthesia practitioners.

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Anesthesiologists Improve Your Bottom Line

While hospitals and health care systems look to reduce costs, safety and quality cannot be overlooked. As essential providers on the Anesthesia Care Team, anesthesiologists can help control costs and maximize your institution’s financial health. Their years of training and work across medical departments enable them to identify efficiencies, conserve staffing resources, and generate revenue—all of which strengthen your financial performance.

Controlling costs during patient care

Research shows (will link to PCI’s new white paper) that anesthesiologists’ involvement in patient care helps control costs before, during, and after surgery by:

  • Reducing unnecessary testing, same-day cancellations, operating room emergencies, and surgical complications.
  • Decreasing the need for additional consults from other specialty physicians for services that could have been provided by an anesthesiologist.
  • Reducing the risk of hospitalization following outpatient surgery.

Learn more about anesthesiologists’ impact on costs.

Bolstering revenue and improving outcomes

Anesthesiologists identify and evaluate operating room efficiencies—improving first case on-time starts, operating room turnover times, post-anesthesia care unit discharge times, and more.

“We are in a position to drive value throughout the entire perioperative process, across a variety of surgical specialties, to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients at the most reasonable cost to the institution.”

 

— Steven Schulman, MD, MHA, FASA, Associate Medical Director

Programs developed and led by anesthesiologists, such as the Perioperative Surgical Home and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, significantly reduce patient mortality and improve operating room efficiency.

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Anesthesiologists Improve Health and Access to High-Quality Care for All Patients

Anesthesiologists play a critical role in perioperative care, maternal care, and pain management—areas that often see gaps in the quality of patient outcomes that are associated with race, geography, and other social factors.

Narrowing equity gaps in health care

Many medical conditions and complications disproportionately affect certain populations, such as historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups and those with low incomes. Often, these disparities arise from insufficient access to health care, which can leave medical conditions undetected or untreated. Anesthesiologists are well positioned to mitigate the consequences of unequal access to diagnosis and care because of their involvement with patients before and after surgery, which gives them the opportunity to identify and treat these conditions.

Safeguarding maternal health for marginalized patients

Anesthesiologists can play a role in mitigating the consequences of unequal access to maternal health care. As health care leaders know, maternal mortality rates are higher among low-income and minority populations, especially among Black women. Obstetric anesthesiologists work to prevent maternal deaths from cardiovascular disease, embolic disease, preeclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage, sepsis, and other conditions.

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Providing pain management for everyone

Studies show that health care providers often overlook or dismiss pain in historically marginalized populations, particularly in Black populations. Anesthesiologists who specialize in pain management are key to addressing this issue because of their expertise and involvement in managing chronic pain.

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Learn more about the ways anesthesiologists help close equity gaps.

Anesthesiologists Innovate and Solve Problems

Anesthesiologists specialize in leading medical teams through crises. They apply their breadth of medical experience to meet health care’s biggest challenges and help shape standards of care. Nationwide, anesthesiologists are bringing innovative solutions to:

  • Intensive care
  • Emergency room care
  • Emergency code response
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Intubation
  • Scheduling
  • Triage

Learn more about anesthesiologists’ innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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