The increased centralization of the nation’s anesthesia provider groups mirrors what’s happening in the ASC market — many physician-owned centers are being purchased by large health systems, corporations and investment firms. As “mom and pop” ASCs are disappearing, so too are local anesthesia shops.
Surgical facilities are forced to adjust on the fly as national firms continue to buy up groups of independent providers. The trend is reflective of an economic system that encourages growth by leveraging economies of scale. Consolidation isn’t the only factor creating an anesthesia crisis at some facilities. It’s a multifactorial issue that’s forcing the surgical industry to look at a foundational service in a new light.