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Recommended Improvement Activities for Anesthesiology

June 12, 2019 | 3:49 pm | Info Articles
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In today’s healthcare field, it is imperative to stay on top of your anesthesia services to prove your clinical performance and patient satisfaction success rates. Below is a list of favorable suggestions from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) for physician anesthesia specialists to attest to for credit in the Improvement Activities category of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019.

Improvement Activities for Anesthesiology

High-weighted Improvement Activities include: Provide education opportunities for new clinicians; Collection and follow-up on patient experience and satisfaction data on beneficiary engagement; Engage patients and families to guide improvement in the system of care; Provide 24/7 access to eligible clinicians or groups who have real-time access to patient’s medical record; Consultation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring program; Participation in CAHPS or other supplemental questionnaire; CDC Training on CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; Completion of CDC Training on Antibiotic Stewardship; Consulting AUC Using Clinical Decision Support when Ordering Advanced Diagnostic Imaging; PCI Bleeding Campaign; Patient Medication Risk Education; and Use of CDC Guideline for Clinical Decision Support to Prescribe Opioids for Chronic Pain via Clinical Decision Support.

Quality Improvement

Some anesthesia medical groups are going beyond just submitting data to meet CMS requirements and are also becoming more efficient in local quality improvement processes. Many practices and physician anesthesiologists are finding they can use their data for business development, hospital performance goals and managed care contracts. ASA Department of Quality and Regulatory Affairs (QRA) and the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) strive to direct and advance the interests of anesthesia specialists in professional standards, performance outcomes, quality assurance and regulatory affairs as they intersect with quality initiatives. Enhancing patient safety has been a core principle for anesthesiologists, and ASA is recognized as a national leader in patient safety.

The gains in anesthesia have been impressive and are accomplished through a variety of mechanisms, including improved monitoring techniques, the development and widespread adoption of practice guidelines, and other systematic approaches to reducing errors. Over the past decades, anesthesiologists have initiated a multitude of patient safety initiatives that have been designed to reduce preventable medical errors, thereby improving patient safety and the quality of care delivered. It is critical that this desire and effort continues by both individual anesthesia specialists and anesthesia medical groups.


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