Hospital employment of anesthesia providers is a last resort — here's why

If hospitals are unhappy with their contracted anesthesia services, they won't turn to hospital employment — they'll find a new group of anesthesia providers, according to Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira.

Three takeaways:

1. Many ABC clients believe that hospitals now prefer to have anesthesia providers as employees rather than independent contractors. According to Mr. Mira, that's not the case in most situations.

2. In recent years, several private anesthesia practices have been displaced after receiving a request for proposal, which is a statement of concern that the practice may not meet the hospital's expectations. However, Mr. Mira believes an RFP isn't a direct pathway to hospital employment.

3. Hospital administrators aren't interested in micromanaging anesthesia groups because they're in no position to fix any problems within the group, he said. Plus, administrators already have their hands full overseeing dozens of specialties.

"Asking if hospital employment is inevitable is actually the wrong question," Mr. Mira said. Hospital employment is an option of last resort. The better question is what set of circumstances might lead a hospital to think they have no other option."

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