MELVILLE, N.Y., March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To address unprecedented challenges facing hospital operating rooms (OR) created by health care reform, North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) today released the first two briefs in the series, detailing how hospitals can transform their number one expense in the age of reform: the OR. In total, six briefs will be issued over the next two weeks, released two at a time.
"The concept of 'Accountable Care' has been all the rage since health care reform passed and was tied to hospital compensation," said Timothy J. Dowd, M.D., NAPA's CEO & Managing Partner. "NAPA created this series of strategic briefs to provide a step-by-step process for how hospitals can re-imagine and reorganize the OR from end to end by clearly connecting quality, outcomes, the patient experience and cost as a transformational way of thinking about OR management."
The first NAPABrief provides a high level overview, contrasting legacy vs. new, cutting-edge approaches to OR management. Entitled "Introducing the Post-Reform Accountable Care Perioperative Hospital," the brief maps out the five critical steps for hospitals to take, from operating room efficiencies and metrics reporting to quality improvement initiatives and cost control programs and more.
The second NAPABrief in the series, "Aligning Your Anesthesia Department with Hospital Expectations for Operating Room Efficiency and Effectiveness," examines the first critical step, alignment of the anesthesia department with hospital expectations for optimal OR efficiency and effectiveness. The brief focuses on the importance of physician leadership and accountability and lays out a structure that delivers improved OR utilization, more on-time starts, expanded services, lower staff and supply costs, reduced subsidies, lower length of stay and better outcomes.
"It's all designed to get a hospital to one place: realizing better clinical outcomes and ways to capture and report them; increasing revenue while decreasing costs; and providing clear accountability for care," said John Di Capua, M.D., NAPA's Deputy CEO & Chief Medical Officer. "And that's end-game in the post-reform world of health care today."
For the first two NAPABriefs in the series, please go to: www.napaanesthesia.com/thought-leadership/briefs
About North American Partners in Anesthesia
Founded in 1986, North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) is the leading single specialty anesthesia management company in the United States. NAPA is comprised of the most respected clinical staff, providing thousands of patients with superior and attentive care. The company is known for partnering with hospitals and other health care facilities across the nation to provide anesthesia services and perioperative leadership that maximize operating room performance, enhance revenue, and demonstrate consistent patient and surgeon satisfaction ratings. For more information, please visit www.NAPAanesthesia.com.
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