Committees  |   November 2014
Who Needs to Know? Help ASA Help You Through Practice Survey
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  • Patrick Y. Giam, M.D.
    Committee on Large Group Practice
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Education / CPD / Practice Management / Committees
Committees   |   November 2014
Who Needs to Know? Help ASA Help You Through Practice Survey
ASA Monitor 11 2014, Vol.78, 38.
ASA Monitor 11 2014, Vol.78, 38.
Is anything changing in the business world of anesthesia? The better question might be: is there anything not changing?! Consolidation of anesthesia group practices, changes in ownership and employment relationships, managed care and bundled payment methodologies, and the Perioperative Surgical Home model of care are just a few of today’s hot topics. How does ASA manage to keep track of what’s going on so that it can best serve the needs of its membership?
For many years, ASA has gathered information on the physician membership of the Society. However, ASA has remarkably little data about the anesthesia practices in which our physician members spend their professional lives. But now, all of that is changing. Earlier this year, the Committee on Large Group Practice, working with the Committee on Membership and the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI), created a practice demographic survey to allow ASA to quickly and effectively gather timely information about anesthesia groups and academic practices. The information from this survey will help ASA answer questions about employment practices, research activities, electronic record-keeping, and much more. The survey also has a special area where anesthesiologists or practice executives can tell ASA leadership about the challenges their practices are facing, and how ASA can help. There is no maximum or minimum size of anesthesia practice necessary to participate. All practices and departments – from solo practitioners to publicly-held corporations, military institutions, Veterans Administration facilities, university and academic departments – all sizes and modes of anesthesia practices are encouraged to utilize this tool of two-way communication. The survey only requires a few minutes to complete, and needs to be filled out only once for each anesthesia practice or department. Any physician or practice administrator who is knowledgeable about the practice can fill out the survey.
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