Alex Gorecki, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Clinical Colleagues, Inc.
Too often, I speak with hospital CEO’s who want to increase their surgical volumes, but say their anesthesia group is simply not a “growth partner.” These days, hospitals need every member of their medical team, anesthesiologists and CRNAs included, to be “on board” with their growth strategy, and to play an active role in achievement of performance metrics and goals. Gone are the days where it is acceptable for anesthesia providers to simply “clock in and clock out.” Anesthesia has evolved to be a primary driver in a hospital’s ability to increase surgical case volume and improve operating room efficiency.
Here are some proven strategies that your anesthesia team should be implementing to help increase your hospital’s surgical volume:
- Establish a standardized protocol for the pre-admission testing (PAT) process. Require that your anesthesia providers conduct this process in a way that is thorough and consistent. This will minimize the occurrence of same-day surgery cancellations, thus keeping surgeon satisfaction high and encouraging them to bring more cases to your hospital.
- Be clear that your anesthesia team must be available to surgeons. They should expect scheduling changes to be the “norm,” including last minute changes and scheduling add-ons. When a surgeon is ready to perform a case, it’s important that an anesthesia provider is there and ready to go. If they are not, you are compromising volume and losing potential revenue.
- Encourage your anesthesia providers to “flip” rooms. Their willingness to take on cases back-to-back will quickly increase your surgical case volumes by reducing or even eliminating scheduling gaps. This is a simple way to maximize the utilization of your OR suites. Plus, since a surgeon’s time is valuable, they appreciate being able to perform their cases quickly, with the capacity to add on more cases.
- Make sure your Chief of Anesthesia is engaged with your Medical Staff and OR Director. Hold them jointly accountable for how efficiently the OR operates and make it their responsibility to identify and implement solutions that will result in higher productivity, higher surgeon satisfaction scores and better patient outcomes.
- Hold your anesthesia providers accountable for achievement of performance metrics. Clearly communicate what the performance metrics are and make sure your anesthesia team understands the role they play in goal achievement of quality, productivity and compliance metrics.
Implementing these strategies will increase surgeon satisfaction and encourage them to bring more surgical cases to your hospital. Plus, the nursing staff and patients benefit from having an anesthesia team that is focused on efficiency and quality.
About Alex Gorecki and Clinical Colleagues, Inc.
Alex Gorecki is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Clinical Colleagues, Inc., responsible for helping hospitals reduce anesthesia costs and create efficient staffing models. He works in collaboration with a team of physicians and healthcare business professionals at Clinical Colleagues, Inc. to provide cost-effective anesthesia management and consulting services at hospitals nationwide. To learn more about Alex Gorecki and Clinical Colleagues visit ccianesthesia.com.