At PAA, we pride ourselves on unparalleled safety and patient care. We’ve built a reputation on evidence-based anesthetic plans and a track record of positive outcomes, but it’s all rooted in our commitment to quality measurement, ensuring that our practice continues on the track of constant improvement. We created our own quality system (PAAQS) as a comprehensive resource for internal improvement efforts. This system allows us to collect, analyze and report data across 36 quality metrics that we track for every patient. It’s a chance for us to learn from each individual’s experience.
Our physicians also utilize Real Time Event Assessment (RTEA) to collect, analyze and discuss patient outcomes as they happen. RTEA alerts are sent electronically through a secure HIPAA compliant platform to the Medical Review Committee (MRC). Our MRC works diligently to create evidence-based protocols that promote patient safety and quality care.
PAA reports quality metrics to several external resources as well:
The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) are standardizing the definitions of quality indicators, working to aggregate quality data from member practices into several national registers.
The National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) is the country’s largest clinical data registry. Through our PAAQS system, we’ve reported more than 80,000 patient cases to NACOR. The AQI uses the NACOR registry to provide reports comparing PAA data to national benchmarks from the NACOR.