Committees  |   January 2016
Large Group Practices and the ASA: Our Futures are Intertwined
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Committees   |   January 2016
Large Group Practices and the ASA: Our Futures are Intertwined
ASA Monitor 01 2016, Vol.80, 42-44.
ASA Monitor 01 2016, Vol.80, 42-44.
This article represents part one of a three-part series.
“The Earth is flat.”
“Give half of the big syringe and all of the little syringe.”
“A large anesthesia group is composed of 70 members.”
We all know that certain things are forever true and will never be altered by the passage of time, right? A scant three years ago, the ASA Committee on Large Group Practice (CLGP) created a definition of “large group practice” that included groups with as few as 70 members. How times have changed! While the definition hasn’t changed, the models of practice have. In 2015, there are anesthesia practices consisting of thousands of members. Moreover, the traditional differentiation of large-group private/community practice from academic practices is no longer as clear-cut as it has been in the past. Many of the same business relationships apply to both academic and community practices; in some cases, community and academic practices are merged under a single corporate structure. The anesthesia landscape is rapidly transforming and the impact on anesthesiology is significant. In this series of vignettes, the CLGP will describe how large groups are currently functioning and how the changes in those practices impact anesthesiology in general and the relationship the large groups have with ASA. The key focus for this discussion is to describe how large groups have collaborated with ASA in the past and how they continue to do so to advance the specialty in education, economics and advocacy.
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