Anesthesia Supply Cost Management

Anesthesia Concepts (AC) is owned and operated by a team of recognized anesthesiologists who are highly active in clinical practice and the profession.

For over a decade, AC has focused solely on developing and implementing Superior Clinical Anesthesia Services in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC). AC has clearly learned the nuances, differences, special needs and solutions to implement successful services. In the ASC setting the complete perioperative situation must be considered. AC believes that the primary responsibility of anesthesia is to provide the safest and most appropriate anesthetic to each and every patient, with the fewest side effects, and in the shortest amount of time, without compromising safety and effectiveness. Our anesthesiologists are board-certified or board-eligible, with the requirement to achieve board certification within three years of hire. All CRNA’s must be licensed and experienced in ambulatory anesthesia. AC provides the leadership and guidance to further educate and train our providers in the nuances and special requirements necessary in the free-standing ambulatory surgery center environment to reach a high level of quality of care while always keeping cost efficiencies in mind.

Cost Management Best Practices

  • Appropriate use of generics/bulk medications where clinical efficacy is shown.
  • Taking advantage of the synergistic actions between drugs to reduce dosage requirements for a given effect.
  • Using a narcotic of choice, which costs pennies per dose.
  • Use of equally efficacious medications that may provide a lower cost alternative.
  • Appropriate use of anesthetic agents. Quick, safe and effective delivery of anesthetic services will be a priority so that costly complications are eliminated.
  • Improvement of pain management.
  • Pre-emptive Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) therapy.
  • Evaluation of disposables.
  • Appropriate use of Fast Tracking and Parallel Processing.
  • Working with surgeon colleagues to define a cost effective, friendly schedule.
  • Cooperation and guidance with preoperative nurses in ensuring patient readiness.
  • Direct negotiation with suppliers, advance ordering, ordering in bulk, and identification of backup sources of supplies and equipment.
  • Fostering a culture so that conscious attention to detail and conservation of materials is a priority.