AQI and SAMBA agreement to improve quality management for ambulatory anesthesia

The Anesthesia Quality Institute® (AQI®) and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) have entered into an agreement to provide SAMBA Members with the opportunity to participate in AQI’s National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry® (NACOR®).

As part of the agreement, active SAMBA members can participate in NACOR and AQI government reporting programs at a reduced rate when defined ASA membership thresholds are met. Click here to download the price rates.

The agreement also calls for AQI to develop ambulatory surgery measures and provide SAMBA with non-identifiable data for quality improvement projects. SAMBA members also will serve on AQI committees.

SAMBA members can participate in NACOR Basic, NACOR Standard Quality Reporting or NACOR Quality ConciergeTM. SAMBA members will have more access to more outcomes data and quality reports.

“The resources that ASA and AQI have to bear bring robust opportunities for growth for SAMBA’s outcomes databases for ambulatory centers,” says Michael Guertin, M.D., M.B.A., CPE, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology and medical director, outpatient surgery, at The Ohio State University. “This becomes a valuable agreement for SAMBA members.”

In addition to quality reporting resources, the agreement also will help practices with peer-to-peer benchmarking and will ultimately help in improving patient care, Dr. Guertin says.

The arrangement will help to further position NACOR as the quality reporting tool of choice among anesthesia clinicians.

For additional information, please contact: qcdr@asahq.org