TRANSITIONS & MANAGEMENT
How Easy is Transitioning to a New Anesthesia Group?
Gerry Pedersen, Vice President of Business Relations
28 October 2016
Changing your anesthesia group can be as easy or as complicated as you can imagine. First, ask yourself: “Why do I need to change anesthesia providers?” Next, you will likely ask yourself: “How do I decide on the best possible solution?” Your answers to these questions will determine how easy it will be to transition to a new anesthesia group.
Most hospitals would never change anesthesia management services unless a serious issue arose, such as a breach of contract, non-compliance with hospital policies, inadequate coverage, or the anesthesia stipend becoming too large. There are many reasons why hospitals are generally reluctant to change anesthesia groups, and these may include:
Politics and dynamics of the medical staff
Current providers having been affiliated with the hospital for a long time, and there is concern that they may be fired by a new group
Potential for losing business to the competing hospital because the surgeons had ties with the anesthesia department.
Does the group have a proven track record of providing safe, high quality anesthesia care?
Can it provide adequate coverage for my size hospital?
Does the group have the administrative staff required to support their practice, or will the hospital have to supply these needs?
Have they kept track of patient satisfaction scores?
Are they willing to attend and serve on hospital committees to partner with the hospital in achieving its goals and missions?
Depending on the arrangement, are they willing to meet with administration on a regular basis to discuss issues and give a financial update?
Are they eager to assist the hospital and the O.R. in improving efficiency, increasing satisfaction, and decreasing cost?
Does the management firm treat their employees with respect, or do you hear rumblings of discontent?
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