6 Reasons to Staff Your ASC With an All-Physician Anesthesia Group

Posted on 07/23/18 by Allied Anesthesia

Every ASC has several options when it comes to anesthesia staffing. You can hire anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists directly, you can contract with them individually, you can contract with a large anesthesia group that operates on the care team model, or you can work with a specialized all-physician anesthesia group like Allied Anesthesia.

Here are six great reasons to consider bringing in a group like Allied to your surgery center this year.

#6 – Eliminate Cancellations From Coverage Issues

Many surgery centers don’t have the volume to employ a full-time anesthesia provider, and very few have the volume to support multiple providers.

Individual hires and contracts can lead to serious staffing issues. Are you willing to shut down your ASC because your anesthesia provider is sick or on vacation? Reschedule surgeries because they have a family emergency?

With a model like Allied’s, coverage issues are eliminated thanks to our pool of over 100 qualified physician anesthesiologists. Our anesthesiologists arrive on time, ready to deliver high quality care and won’t leave until patients are discharged from your ASC.

#5 – Benefit From Providers Who Are Ready for Anything

Variety isn’t just the spice of life – it’s also a helpful attribute in any profession. Medicine is no exception. Surgical care in an ASC setting is often routine and uneventful. But when the unexpected happens, you need a surgical team that can handle a curveball.

At Allied, all our anesthesiologists rotate through a variety of settings, from specialty outpatient surgical centers to fast-paced trauma centers and complex inpatient surgeries at some of California’s largest hospitals. That means that when your OR is staffed by an Allied anesthesiologist, it’s staffed by an anesthesiologist who’s ready for anything from the routine to the unexpected.

#4 – Improve Reimbursement

Appropriate and timely reimbursement is a big part of any successful outpatient surgery center. At Allied, our group has developed relationships and contracts with essentially every insurance company in our region. That not only ensures appropriate reimbursement for anesthesia services, it also lets you lean on our experience for help in negotiating reimbursement for all your ASC services. This ultimately leads to very happy patients that won’t receive unexpected medical bills and are more likely to return to your center for future procedures.

#3 – Keep Your Surgeons Happy

Surgeons prefer to work with anesthesiologists who have the same level of training and experience that they do. While there’s certainly a place for the care team model, our surgical satisfaction surveys have shown that most surgeons prefer to work with Allied’s physician anesthesiologists who can tailor an anesthetic plan to specific surgeon preferences. Allied anesthesiologists can also perform regionalized pain procedures that lead to lower pain scores after surgery which result in happier patients and surgeons.

#2 – Enjoy Customized Protocols

Despite what some large national anesthesia groups would have you believe, there is no one-size-fits-all in anesthesia. That’s why we develop customized protocols for every individual location and surgeon we work with. Whether it’s adapting the latest advanced procedures to an outpatient setting or accommodating individual preferences, our group works to deliver care in the right way for your ASC.

#1 – Improve Patient Care

Nothing is more important to our anesthesiologists than improving patient care, and we help our ASC partners reach that goal in a variety of ways: from implementing checklists and clinical decision pathways, to maintaining the safety of your ASC to helping to bring in new, advanced procedures and protocols to your facility. When you choose to work with a qualified anesthesia group like ours, you’re choosing a partner who’s always working toward the best for your patients.

Interested in learning what working with Allied could do for your outpatient surgery center? We’d love to hear from you.

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