Articles  |   June 2020
Do We Need a Practice Administrator?
Author Affiliations
  • Patrick Allaire, MD, FASA
    Committee on Practice Management
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Ambulatory Anesthesia / Education / CPD / Practice Management / Radiological and Other Imaging / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   June 2020
Do We Need a Practice Administrator?
ASA Monitor 6 2020, Vol.84, 38-39.
ASA Monitor 6 2020, Vol.84, 38-39.
Many small and medium group practices struggle with the decision of whether to hire a practice administrator. Not every group needs an administrator. The tipping point is different for each group. It depends on the time, skill, energy, and desire of the group’s physician owners and the sophistication and complexities of the practice. Some groups are functional and content to be simple, but some groups are burned out, dysfunctional and/or looking to improve or advance.
There are many factors to consider when working through this decision:
A practice administrator is not a replacement for physician leadership; optimally the administrator and physician president should function as a true dyad. Each has skills and perspectives the other lacks, creating a synergy that will benefit the group.
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