MGMA Awards "Better Performer" Status to Premier Anesthesia for 2nd Year in a Row


The MGMA Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data identified Premier Anesthesia as a "better performer" because of superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide.

"Our anesthesia department has approached the problem of delivering superior anesthesia care in a diminishing reimbursement environment by using Lean Six Sigma Principles to reduce variability and decrease staffing costs," said Brian Norris, Regional Vice President of Operations, Premier Anesthesia. "We pay close attention to patient touch points - places where patient interactions should prompt us to our next logical step along the care continuum."

Dr. Jim Harper, Chairman, Department of Anesthesia for Baptist Health, says: "We've always been committed to servant leadership here in Montgomery. By using performance improvement methodologies and promoting them interdepartmentally in a complex and moving healthcare environment, we've been able to increase staff effectiveness and satisfaction within our practice."

"This is our second year as a better performing department. We have consistently reduced costs and kept quality high. This year, we evaluated our practice from the perspective of Lean methodology. We have created an environment wherein we have greatly reduced variability. Our tools such as Evidence-Based Staffing, a quantitative modeling program, as well as other management tools and processes deployed by Premier Anesthesia, our parent company, have resulted in increased patient safety and satisfaction."

"We are pleased that Premier Anesthesia has once again been recognized by MGMA," said Robin Barca, COO, Baptist Health. "It is certainly evident in our health system that their commitment to quality, patient safety, and efficiency is paramount, and our partnership with them adds considerable value to our success. We congratulate them on this honor and appreciate the work they do for Baptist Health, our patients, and our community."

The MGMA report, a benchmarking standard among medical groups for more than a decade, was produced using data from respondents to the MGMA Cost Survey: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data as well as data from a questionnaire that assessed management behaviors, practices and procedures of better performers. The report profiles medical practices that have demonstrated success in one or more areas: profitability and cost management; productivity, capacity and staffing; accounts receivable and collections; and patient satisfaction.

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