As most of you who are regular readers of this column realize, my practice is an academic one. And for the last two years, it has been my pleasure to once again be providing anesthesia for cardiac surgical procedures. Every practice is different, and methods of billing and reporting of practice parameters vary from one practice to another. Though part of a larger group practice within the university, our anesthesia department manages its own billing. We also submit measures of our practice via the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI’s) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) system. And though many clinicians might lose interest when one goes into more detail than that contained in the paragraph above, each of us, as physician anesthesiologists, should be aware of the importance of measuring our practice.

In this issue of the Monitor, Drs....

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