Do we really know what a “good” clinical guideline is? How can we accurately compare facilities and providers when they care for very different patient populations? What effect has the Medicare anesthesia “opt-out” rule had on access to anesthesia care? These questions are vastly different, yet the investigators who are attempting to answer them share a common characteristic: they are physician anesthesiologists.

During the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2014 annual meeting, ASA Health Policy Research (HPR) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) cosponsored “Interesting Questions in Anesthesia and Approaches to Answer Them,” a session for investigators in health services research in anesthesiology that featured presentations from five health services researchers about a diverse set of topics. Each presentation held unique implications, while all aimed to advance the practice of anesthesiology and demonstrate the value of physician anesthesiologists. We...

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