American Anesthesiology acquires Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants

August 17, 2017

"We're looking forward to working as part of American Anesthesiology because we have a shared focus on delivering high-quality patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction as our primary mission," said Richard L. Gilbert, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants. "Our practice has made considerable investments in clinical quality systems that support our key relationships with our hospital partners and surgeons by optimizing patient outcomes. As part of MEDNAX's larger group practice we'll be able to collaborate with other anesthesia groups to have a greater impact on anesthesia care across the country."

SAC developed the Quantum Clinical Navigation System, which is used by all of the practice's anesthesia care providers to collect data on a total of 50 discrete patient quality, patient satisfaction and care efficiency measures. This information is then used to improve patient outcomes and to identify areas for healthcare cost reduction.

Since developing Quantum, SAC has become a recognized leader in evaluating anesthesia outcomes data. The group is participating in a pilot project developed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Anesthesia Quality Institute to develop a national anesthesia clinical outcomes registry. American Anesthesiology expects to merge the clinical data accumulated at each of its practices into a common, non-identified clinical data warehouse to be used to improve patient outcomes. In addition, SAC has been able to use data from Quantum to establish pay-for-performance incentives as part of its commercial managed care contracting.

The acquisition of SAC was for cash, and the operations of SAC are expected to contribute annual earnings per share of approximately 25 cents, based on SAC's historical operations.

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