The use of office-based anesthesia procedures has continued to grow in popularity in recent years, as processes become safer and more efficient for medical professionals and patients. Rather than having to wait to have a procedure completed in a hospital, which can create a backlog of cases and drain valuable resources, patients can opt to have some procedures performed in an office-based setting.
This allows medical professionals to improve the quality of care by offering more personalized options and convenience for patients. However, before anesthesia is used in office-based procedures, medical professionals and patients need to know it is safe and effective for the procedure itself and for after-care pain management.
A History of Office-Based Procedures
The number of procedures performed in a medical office with the aid of anesthesia has increased over the past two decades. According to an article in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, this growth can be attributed to the “rise to the subspecialty of office-based anesthesia (OBA).” Due to the fact that medical offices are contracting with specialized providers of anesthesia services, more than 25% of all surgical procedures today are being performed in offices rather than hospitals and other surgery centers.
In addition to specialized services that assist in the medical professional’s ability to perform the procedure, other factors such as cost, time, and convenience for the patient also factor into this trend. Recent changes to the healthcare system in the country also play a role, as health insurance companies are providing a greater incentive for medical personnel to perform procedures in an office using general anesthesia or Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) instead of a hospital.
During this timeframe of the last two decades, stricter safety standards and regulations have been put in place to ensure patient safety and provider ability during the procedures.
Accreditation and Certification Standards Nationwide
A majority of states, if not all, have implemented at least some form of regulation as it relates to the use of anesthesia for procedures in an office setting. Some states have state-specific rules pertaining to accreditation and certification, while others recognize certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The goal with accreditation is to make sure that facilities and professionals follow all proper rules and measures to maximize patient safety. Industry standards dictate that the appropriate personnel must be credentialed and that facilities must be regularly inspected.
For medical offices that offer a set of surgical procedures for patients requiring the administration of anesthesia, this means having specialized anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) on site to ensure patients are well cared for while at the facility.
Strategy Anesthesia works with medical practices as a consultant, business partner, and guide to help develop a comprehensive anesthesia strategy that meets high industry standards while maximizing benefits for the facility and its patients. Learn more about transitioning to the use of office-based anesthesia by contacting Strategy Anesthesia today at (323) 999-4963.