Anesthesia Practice Management Blogs

Improving Access to Safe Anesthetic Care in Rural Communities

By Charles Trentham

Rural healthcare comes with its own set of unique challenges. CCI understands these challenges and our years of experience have taught us how to best support rural facilities and the patients they serve. Since 2004, we have worked exclusively with rural hospitals to provide quality anesthesia services. Improving access to safe anesthetic care in rural…

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A Hospital’s Guide for Evaluating Your Anesthesia Department

By Nathan Yoder

Whether your anesthesia group has been in place for decades or for days, evaluation is essential. As a hospital administrator, your duty is to ensure that your facility is receiving the best anesthesia service possible at a fair price. But how can you be sure? We’ve assembled a guide for evaluating your anesthesia department that…

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Benefits of Perioperative Medication Management

By Charles Trentham

As long as drug hazards exist for patients everywhere, improving medication management should be an ongoing priority for any anesthesia department. The Institute of Medicine has estimated that each year medication errors injure at least 1.5 million Americans and cost the health care system more than $3.5 billion. Not only do anesthesia providers have to…

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Supporting OR Efficiency with Strong Perioperative Leadership

By Alex Gorecki

After working in anesthesia practice management since 2004, we have found a common theme in underperforming surgical departments—poor leadership. While it may be easier to point the finger at an individual surgical team member or place blame on other departments for issues like slow room turnover, high complication rates, case cancellations or low morale, the…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Medication Mismanagement Issues in Anesthesia Care

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

Medication and controlled substance management is a core premise of anesthesia care. Even though new technological advancements have made it harder for drug abuse, drug diversion, dosing errors, labeling errors and other issues to become problems, it is still up to anesthesia providers to remain vigilant in preventing medication mismanagement. Understanding the most common issues…

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The Importance of Effective Communication in the Perioperative Setting

By Alex Gorecki

Stakes are high in the perioperative suite. In fact, it is plausible to believe that they could not possibly be any higher, given that patients’ lives are at stake. When seconds count, communication is critical. Communication is also vital in avoiding surgical delays, turning over rooms quickly and keeping departments staffed optimally. Whether the scenario…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Foundations of Perioperative Leadership

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

The delivery of quality anesthesia care involves much more than anesthetizing patients. Anesthesiologists and CRNAs are part of perioperative teams working together to achieve safe, productive and efficient work environments. Effective leadership is critical to the success of an anesthesia department. At CCI Anesthesia, our goal is to develop anesthesia leaders who go above and…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Non-English Informed Consent Forms

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

The purpose of informed consent forms (not to be confused with provider attestation forms) is to ensure the patient clearly understands the risks, benefits, alternatives, risks of alternatives, and, in some form, the likelihood of success. These items are present in the Joint Commission standards, but aside from the standards, the intent of informed consent…

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Frequently Asked Questions on Anesthesiology Management

By Alex Gorecki

At CCI Anesthesia, our goal is to pull back the curtain on anesthesia practice management and provide transparency for our clients. When talking with prospective clients we hear many questions about transitioning to a new anesthesia practice management group, and we are always happy to answer them. Maximizing operational and cost efficiencies for hospitals and…

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Billing Anesthesia Medical Direction

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

Medical direction is a common staffing model for anesthesia departments, but is your department in compliance when billing under this model? Although, in essence, medical direction simply means that an anesthesiologist is directing the delivery of anesthesia care from up to four CRNAs, there are actually several stipulations that must be met to ensure compliance.…

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