Newly Published
Review Article  |   September 2018
Measuring Clinical Productivity of Anesthesiology Groups: Surgical Anesthesia at the Facility Level
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas (A.E.A.); the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (M.E.H.); and the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas (C.W.W.).
  • Part of the work presented in this article has been presented at the ASA Conference on Practice Management 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 28, 2018; as a Refresher Course Lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, October 21, 2017, and Chicago, Ilinois, October 25, 2016; the ASA Conference on Practice Management 2016, San Diego, California, January 30, 2016; at the Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2016, and November 4, 2017; and in Hudson.5
    Part of the work presented in this article has been presented at the ASA Conference on Practice Management 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 28, 2018; as a Refresher Course Lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, October 21, 2017, and Chicago, Ilinois, October 25, 2016; the ASA Conference on Practice Management 2016, San Diego, California, January 30, 2016; at the Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2016, and November 4, 2017; and in Hudson.5×
  • Submitted for publication March 19, 2018. Accepted for publication July 2, 2018.
    Submitted for publication March 19, 2018. Accepted for publication July 2, 2018.×
  • Research Support: Support was provided solely from institutional and/or departmental sources.
    Research Support: Support was provided solely from institutional and/or departmental sources.×
  • Competing Interests: The authors declare no competing interests.
    Competing Interests: The authors declare no competing interests.×
  • Correspondence: Address correspondence to Dr. Abouleish: Department of Anesthesiology, 301 University Boulevard, University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77555-0877. aaboulei@utmb.edu. Information on purchasing reprints may be found at www.anesthesiology.org or on the masthead page at the beginning of this issue. Anesthesiology’s articles are made freely accessible to all readers, for personal use only, 6 months from the cover date of the issue.
Article Information
Review Article / Quality Improvement
Review Article   |   September 2018
Measuring Clinical Productivity of Anesthesiology Groups: Surgical Anesthesia at the Facility Level
Anesthesiology Newly Published on September 14, 2018. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002398
Anesthesiology Newly Published on September 14, 2018. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002398
Abstract

Benchmarking and comparing group productivity is an essential activity of data-driven management. For clinical anesthesiology, accomplishing this task is a daunting effort if meaningful conclusions are to be made. For anesthesiology groups, productivity must be done at the facility level in order to reduce some of the confounding factors. When industry or external comparisons are done, then the use of total ASA units per anesthetizing sites allows for overall productivity comparisons. Additional productivity components (total ASA units/h, h/case, h/operating room/d) allow for leaders to develop productivity dashboards. With the emergence of large groups that provide care in multiple facilities, these large groups can choose to invest more effort in collecting data and comparing facility productivity internally with group-defined measurements including total ASA units per full time equivalent.