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Premium anesthesia yields premium wages.

Building a quality anesthesia program boosts not only patient safety, but also your bottom line. The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) was established by Medicare as a means of assessing the quality of patient care—and tying it directly to reimbursement. Beginning in 2015, individuals and group practices with subpar quality scores were hit with negative payment adjustments. These penalties will continue to be of concern in the era of increasing scrutiny on outcomes.

As physicians, our commitment to greater efficiency is first and foremost to better serve our patients. But greater efficiency also motivates current employees and helps with recruitment and retention of talented physicians. In tandem with Providence Anesthesiology Associates (PAA), CABS offers an array of clinical tools to position our clients to offer unparalleled quality of care.

PAAQS

The Providence Anesthesiology Associates Quality System (PAAQS) combines clinical quality data and billing data to create a comprehensive resource for internal quality improvement efforts. Our clients simply enter their own data; then, CABS advises, holds them accountable, and manages external reporting to national registries. Monthly reports are exported via XML to a national registry hosted by Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI), an affiliate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). AQI submits annual reports to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); CMS then assesses whether physicians qualify for higher reimbursement rates via Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measures. PAAQS reports can help you determine where your practice scores in comparison to other private anesthesiology practices.

Providence Anesthesiology Alliance Mobile Platform

CABS clients have access to clinical practice advances through LongLives Anesthesia Pathways, a system of crisis checklists, patient care initiatives and guidelines & tools that was designed to bring an evidence-based framework into the extremely complex and often high-risk perioperative environment. It’s all available on the Providence Anesthesiology Alliance Mobile Platform, which can be customized for any practice. And better yet, the information is hard-coded, eliminating the need for Internet access.

  • Crisis Checklists. When utilized during an uncommon medical event, use of a checklist has proven to reduce missteps by 70%. Our crisis checklists were developed by anesthesiologists in coordination with CRNAs and perioperative nursing staff and are available in real time through any smart phone.
  • Patient Care Initiatives. Access the most up-to-date, evidence-based care initiatives for various patient populations and disease states, like Emergence Delirium, Negative Pressure Pulmonary Edema, Sepsis Management and more.
  • Guidelines & Tools. Our collection of published, vetted guidelines and tools can provide direction for specific cases and patient concerns, including the Opioid Conversion Tool, Drug Dosing Tools, Pacemaker & Defibrillator Response Tools, and SAMBA PONV Guidelines.
  • Connecting CABLEs (Case-based learning for CRNAs). Providence Anesthesiology Associates Connecting CABLEs provides an environment of collaboration between Anesthesiologists and CRNAs. This platform fosters improved working relationships, increased dialogue around patient management, more standardized care across various providers and locations, and an overall improvement in our clinical practice and patient care. Through an evidence-based discussion of usual, uncommon or challenging case scenarios and comorbidities, all providers will be able to improve their knowledge base.

How usable is your data, really?

Truly usable data is critical to your practice’s financial success. Are you tracking payer trends to use as leverage during contract negotiations? (The more trends and predictable outcomes you can show, the more negotiation power you have.)