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Management Services Organizations: Leveling the Playing Field for Small and Local Groups

Leveling the Playing Field for Small and Local Groups

Your Hospital Issues An RFP For Anesthesia Services: Now What?

When hospitals seek alternatives to their existing anesthesia group

As a national anesthesia consulting firm, we are seeing hospitals and healthcare systems change or attempt to change their incumbent anesthesia groups with increasing frequency.

What Do Hospitals Want From Anesthesia Groups

Anesthesia groups must understand the expectations of facility leaders.

Anesthesia groups have many issues to deal with, including pressure on reimbursement and hospital subsidies. Despite these concerns, it is important to remember that for many groups, their key asset is their hospital contract.

Uncovering Key Data Points To Improve Or Profitability

EHC's data analysis targets areas for performance improvement in the operating room (OR)

Hospital finance leaders can increase profit from operating rooms by developing performance improvement plans around key statistics, such as utilization, delays, and unique morning starts.

6 Steps for Anesthesia Practices Considering Selling

Steps to follow when deciding whether to sell one's anesthesia practice

You Are a 15-Person Group. Time For Change: What Are You Going To Do?

How Preoperative Preparation Can Drive OR Performance

One way to make the OR more efficient is to focus on preoperative functions

Some key preoperative responsibilities that can improve intraoperative metrics, including start times, turnover time and OR utilization

F-O-C-U-S: 5 Key Factors of Anesthesia Success

The benefits and challenges of a co-managed anesthesia model

Drs. Greenfield and Stiefel present a new framework hospitals can use when thinking about anesthesia services.

Hospitals’ Top 10 Expectations of Anesthesia Groups

What are hospitals' top 10 expectations of anesthesia groups?

Robert Stiefel, MD, principal of Enhance Healthcare, presented "A Hospital's Perspective: What They Want From Their Anesthesia Group."

Physicians’ Role in Patient Satisfaction

Physicians play a large role in patient satisfaction.

Anesthesiologists can affect patients' satisfaction by overseeing preoperative preparation, ensuring the patient understands the process for the day of surgery and managing postoperative pain.

4 Ways Anesthesia Can Help Hospitals Reach Health Reform Goals

Two of the main goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are to increase quality and lower costs.

Here are four examples of ways anesthesia providers can help hospitals reach these goals.

Anesthesia 101: Coverage Models

On average, the OR generates 70% of a hospital’s total revenue. Healthcare leaders are looking to optimize this profit center

Knowing your options, as well as understanding your needs, will help you choose the model that is best for your hospital, your surgical staff and your community.

Anesthesia 101: Subspecialty Needs

Is your hospital’s current anesthesia coverage effective and efficient or should you explore an alternative model?

Critical care. OB. Pain. Cardiovascular. Pediatric. Anesthesia sub-specialties have evolved to address an often complex and challenging subset of patients. Each come with their own set of needs.

Anesthesia 101: Stakeholder Needs

Anesthesia services must be considered from the viewpoint of multiple stakeholders

The needs of each of these stakeholders are diverse and when taken together, serve as a way to measure the affect of an anesthesia model on the health of the overall facility.

Anesthesia 101: Service Expectations

Understanding which anesthesia model is right for your facility

Hospitals have specific goals regarding patient and surgeon satisfaction as well as growth initiatives. Your facility's anesthesia model should help you meet those goals.

Anesthesia 101: Business Models

Healthcare has changed. And so have anesthesia business models

The healthcare environment has dramatically changed in recent years, and anesthesia business models are evolving as well. If current trends hold, three types of business models will emerge as the industry standard.

Anesthesia 101: Anesthesia Subsidy Drivers

Anesthesia subsidies often cost hospitals millions of dollars.

With eighty percent of hospitals paying an anesthesia subsidy, finding ways to reduce these costs – without risking quality – is critical, while supply-demand imbalances dramatically drive up subsidy requirements.

Pre-Op Your Anesthesia Practice

More anesthesia groups than ever are about to undergo the business equivalent of an invasive procedure

A “pre-operative” assessment of your own practice will reveal how your group will look to a possible partner, investor or employer before your group is in the middle of negotiations with another entity.

The Changing Landscape Of the RFP

As advisors to both provider groups and hospitals, EHC has been involved in over 50 RFP’s in the last 20 years

Enhance Healthcare Consulting has seen approximately a fivefold increase in the issuance of RFP’s, with 30% of hospital based RFP processes resulting in a provider change.

‘Get Big Fast’ Multispecialty Outsourcing Expert Warns Radiology Of Things To Come

Change is coming to radiology in ways the profession could not have anticipated

The forces driving the change are many, but one common denominator has emerged: hospitals under intense pressure to perform in order to survive.

Strategy And Adaptability In A Competitive Market: Lessons From The Nation’s Largest Anesthesia Organizations

As of April 2017, eight entities employed more than 22 percent of all anesthesia providers in the United States.

The size and scope of these entities could not have been envisioned just a decade ago. The entities profiled below represent those that, for the time being, appear to have successfully positioned themselves in the new market.

Renegotiated Payor Contracts And Improved Collections Significantly Boost Anesthesia Revenue

The CFO hired Enhance to help the health system optimize its revenue cycle.

Due to lack of oversight of the anesthesia revenue cycle, this small Southwestern health system suspected it was not capturing all professional fee revenue, and wanted more accurate and timely financial reporting.

Enhance Healthcare Releases Recent Anesthesia Survey Results

An inside look into how and why hospitals seek new anesthesia providers.

The RFP process has become much more standardized, and the options for change more robust, while at the same time the financial and operational imperative for change has escalated.

Leadership And Technology Enhancements Allow Cost-Effective Expansion Of Coverage

Our assessment uncovered an inefficient scheduling system and a lack of anesthesia leadership within the system.

A tertiary care facility in the South, part of a four hospital system needed to improve coverage amongst all its facilities without incurring a substantial increase in cost.

Improved Revenue Cycle Solution Increases Collections By 37% And Reduces Subsidy

EHC's anesthesia-specific analysis verified that the anesthesia revenue cycle was not optimized.

SITUATION: Three years in a row the amount of subsidy had increased – 15%, 12% and 20% respectively – despite the fact that their coverage requirements had not changed. 

EHC STAFFING STRATEGY REDUCES ANESTHESIA SUBSIDIES BY 40%

An inside look at Enhance Healthcare's approach

SITUATION: An important Surgical Service Line expansion forced a West Coast community hospital to face a dramatic increase in anesthesia costs that threatened its financial viability.

EHC OR/ER STRATEGY SAVES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL $1 MILLION ANNUALLY

Savings result from EHC's complete evaluation of physician leadership, quality standards and OR efficiency

SITUATION: A 321-bed community hospital in the Southeast United States was experiencing significant financial challenges due to its high anesthesia costs.

The RFP Process: Steps For Getting The Most Accurate Bids

With the reality of shrinking margins, hospitals find themselves in a place where they must evaluate all major expenditures

Distributing a request for proposal (RFP) for a HBP service line can often be a painful process and one which should not be taken lightly.

EHC Solution Establishes Pediatric Care Capabilities In Community Hospitals

Enhance Healthcare Consultants developed a comprehensive, cost-effective solution

SITUATION: A major hospital system faced serious financial challenges in attempting to meet critical needs in its local communities.