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Anesthesia Alert: The Collaborative Model of Anesthesia Care
CRNAs and MDs team up to benefit the healthcare system and patients.
Joseph Rodriguez
Publish Date: April 8, 2021   |  Tags:   Anesthesia
COMBINED EFFORT Teamwork among nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists creates value based on competence, not titles.   |   Photos by Pamela Bevelhymer

Our group of anesthesia providers came up with a patient care delivery model that involves MDs and CRNAs playing important roles in its overall success. The Collaborative Anesthesiology Team (CAT) capitalizes on the competence and expertise of individual practitioners — not their licensure and education — and ensures the right provider is available at the right time for the right patient.

CRNAs and MDs offer an overlapping scope in services, and our provider group respects and appreciates providers who are members of these professions. Instead of emphasizing their differences, we focus on interprofessional collaboration among the two groups.

There's been no shortage of professional tension between organizations representing the two professions, but our model's focus is on value-based care, not politics.

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