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NAPA pulls out of WB and Scranton hospitals.

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Does anyone know what’s going on here? I assume NAPA has played hardball like this at many other hospitals, all at the cost of the anesthesia providers, who are forced to move due to noncompetes. The other big losers are the hospital, the community and the surgeons. How long will the government allow the corporate practice of medicine to disrupt healthcare?


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Wasn’t something that happened overnight. Among Corporate practices NAPA is in a league of its own in terms of ruthlessness. Hospitals were enticed by the efficiency and the low subsidies and in the end they got burned.

Although NAPA was the first to walk, but something tells me they’ve probably threatened it before if a system didn’t pay up.
 
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Wasn’t something that happened overnight. Among Corporate practices NAPA is in a league of its own in terms of ruthlessness. Hospitals were enticed by the efficiency and the low subsidies and in the end they got burned.

Although NAPA was the first to walk, but something tells me they’ve probably threatened it before if a system didn’t pay up.

Now with Mednax’s territory. Would it get better or worse for physicians? My vote, worse......
 
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Lol. Napa is nasty. But community health is even nastier. They are much worst than hca.

I’m actually siding with Napa in this case. Knowing the way CHS is run.

it’s just not a profitable anesthesia place to work at. The hospital has to pony up the money if they want 24/7 coverage especially OB services.

let this be a lesson to young docs who “want to take over a contract”. My friend did fee for service at community health system hospital in mid Atlantic as well. He made only 300-400k. No one taking money off the top. But covering 60 hours a week cause of mandatory in house ob coverage. On a 24 hour Saturday call. One Medicaid ob epidural. No or case. So $72 for 24 hour coverage. That’s less than minimum wage sitting around.

he kept arguing with hospital admin about the agog 30 min “decision to incision” guideline. But admin wanted anesthesia in house with running epidural even though he was 22 min door to door. They claimed he would need 15 min to setup for stat c/s. So only would need to live within 15 min of hospital according to hospital admin.
 
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Now with Mednax’s territory. Would it get better or worse for physicians? My vote, worse......

Worse

Also probably plenty of fault on both sides likely. One over promising and the other overly demanding. I definitely have a bias against NAPA.

AMCs are probably just running into the same issues PP did. Hospital wants coverage and doesn’t want to hear about paying for it.

Maybe they’ll just employ them outright. But this story plays out again and again.
 
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Lol. Napa is nasty. But community health is even nastier. They are much worst than hca.

I’m actually siding with Napa in this case. Knowing the way CHS is run.

it’s just not a profitable anesthesia place to work at. The hospital has to pony up the money if they want 24/7 coverage especially OB services.

let this be a lesson to young docs who “want to take over a contract”. My friend did fee for service at community health system hospital in mid Atlantic as well. He made only 300-400k. No one taking money off the top. But covering 60 hours a week cause of mandatory in house ob coverage. On a 24 hour Saturday call. One Medicaid ob epidural. No or case. So $72 for 24 hour coverage. That’s less than minimum wage sitting around.

he kept arguing with hospital admin about the agog 30 min “decision to incision” guideline. But admin wanted anesthesia in house with running epidural even though he was 22 min door to door. They claimed he would need 15 min to setup for stat c/s. So only would need to live within 15 min of hospital according to hospital admin.

Completely agree with your comment about community health.


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These disputes often reveal proprietary numbers. Looks like one of the sites was getting $6.9mil for 4MD’s and 17CRNA’s. If the cost to employ the CRNA’s is $250k each, that leaves $2.65mil for the 4MD’s and the NAPA overlords. Hopefully the MD’s were getting paid well to supervise at a fairly high ratio.
 
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These disputes often reveal proprietary numbers. Looks like one of the sites was getting $6.9mil for 4MD’s and 17CRNA’s. If the cost to employ the CRNA’s is $250k each, that leaves $2.65mil for the 4MD’s and the NAPA overlords. Hopefully the MD’s were getting paid well to supervise at a fairly high ratio.

That doesn’t even include their billing! I’ll bet they cleaned up. And why the hospital was pushing for a major change.
 
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That doesn’t even include their billing! I’ll bet they cleaned up. And why the hospital was pushing for a major change.

I did some locums in the area about 15 years ago. Salaries were below average for docs and CRNAs then (at least at one hospital in the region). It is a depressed low income area. Poor insurance mix very heavy Medicare Medicaid.


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So they are quitting June 30 and the hospital finds out on June 20 with a huge surgical backlog. Anyone who is available for locums can write his own check....

Remindme of a locums assignment I did years back. All of us locums were pulling 60-70k a month easy. One dude was pulling in 80k a month. $250/hr regular rate. $300/hr overtime. We worked hard. The hours were long. Hospital busy. Tons of overtime which was key.

They even pay us $2000 post call day and not require us to work.

All this was because private practice group walked out Friday on zero notice. On Monday. They could only run 3 operating rooms out of their normal 12 (All MD practice)

Very similar situation. The group had negotiated in good faith. They gave their 90 day notice to terminate contract months prior Bad payor mix. Than it became “ok” we will extend it for 30 days etc. finally deadline came. No give by hospital. Group walked. 4 original docs stayed on by that monday.

Every day a hospital cannot run an operating room costs them a minimum of 50k per room easy.

Although this was a “non profit” hospital locums assignment. Hospital ceo lost his job because of this.

CHS is very stingy. Will see what happens.
 
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These disputes often reveal proprietary numbers. Looks like one of the sites was getting $6.9mil for 4MD’s and 17CRNA’s. If the cost to employ the CRNA’s is $250k each, that leaves $2.65mil for the 4MD’s and the NAPA overlords. Hopefully the MD’s were getting paid well to supervise at a fairly high ratio.
Worked in that area right out of residency. No way CRNAs are making that much. More like 150.
Edit. After looking at gasworks, looks like you may be right.
I was totally underpaid at my first job, but it was easy.
 
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Remindme of a locums assignment I did years back. All of us locums were pulling 60-70k a month easy. One dude was pulling in 80k a month. $250/hr regular rate. $300/hr overtime. We worked hard. The hours were long. Hospital busy. Tons of overtime which was key.

They even pay us $2000 post call day and not require us to work.

All this was because private practice group walked out Friday on zero notice. On Monday. They could only run 3 operating rooms out of their normal 12 (All MD practice)

Very similar situation. The group had negotiated in good faith. They gave their 90 day notice to terminate contract months prior Bad payor mix. Than it became “ok” we will extend it for 30 days etc. finally deadline came. No give by hospital. Group walked. 4 original docs stayed on by that monday.

Every day a hospital cannot run an operating room costs them a minimum of 50k per room easy.

Although this was a “non profit” hospital locums assignment. Hospital ceo lost his job because of this.

CHS is very stingy. Will see what happens.

What happened afterwards? CEO fired and then pp group got a new contract?


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What happened afterwards? CEO fired and then pp group got a new contract?


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CEO got fired. Guess what ceo did afterwards? They get rehired at another hospital. It’s a scam these hospital executives jobs. They just recycle because they have experience. Same with anesthesia chiefs. They just recycle. So don’t go blaming hospitals executives.

most of memebers of old group came back in a year as “new private group”. Much higher guaranteed 1099 income (mid 500s) plus 8 weeks guarantee vacation pay. Almost illegal 1099 deal but the hospital Did the deal.
 
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CEO got fired. Guess what ceo did afterwards? They get rehired at another hospital. It’s a scam these hospital executives jobs. They just recycle because they have experience. Same with anesthesia chiefs. They just recycle. So don’t go blaming hospitals executives.

most of memebers of old group came back in a year as “new private group”. Much higher guaranteed 1099 income (mid 500s) plus 8 weeks guarantee vacation pay. Almost illegal 1099 deal but the hospital Did the deal.


Usually CEO’s have a 6-7 figure severance so they can’t lose.
 

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Wow that's a quick licensure!?
Any idea money?
 
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The Locum Recruitment has begun. Got this email 2 days ago.
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- 24 hrs to get Pennsylvania License
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Send me the details. 24 hours to get a PA license? I will do it.
 
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I always find it funny (shameful?) that "regular" licensing and credentialing takes several months dealing back and forth with idiots, yet when the rubber hits the road they can do it in 24 hrs.
Because it's total BS. Just another way for some high-school dropout to sit, barely do any work and get paid.
 
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Applies equally well to admin. They’ll likely make this mistake again or maybe just Employ them
Outright

When you’re desperate you do stupid things.

It’s the same play book by NAPA/Mednax/Envision/Premier/USAP/AMC, don’t think they really have any other tricks, but why are they still expanding?

Bet you never thought you'd miss him, huh?

Sigh.
 
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All this hospital system needs to do is go to ACGME and start an anesthesia residency program...screw it start an SRNA program two let the two fight it out for cases. Labor problem solved! Literally zero quality control at this point...probably could pull this off.
 
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After reading the article. As much as a despise NAPA. I’m on their side on this matter. You can’t have 24/7 anesthesia coverage without paying up.

This is one of the main reasons hospitals do not want to employ anesthesia as hospital w2. They know if they employe anesthesia they can’t demand more services cause it would cost the hospital more money. Anesthesia is expensive. But if u want services. U gotta pay for them

Just like any business.
 
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Send me the details. 24 hours to get a PA license? I will do it.
We have 4 hospitals – 2 of them are requiring cardiac capable and all general cases beyond that. With the cardiac piece providers are not doing their own cases so they will just be supervising those procedures. These sties will compensate $220/hr.

The other 2 sites are all general cases one of which will have a decent amount of OB (working on finding out if they will need locum to handle those cases). The other is a small location with only general cases. These sites will compensate $195/hr.

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We have 4 hospitals – 2 of them are requiring cardiac capable and all general cases beyond that. With the cardiac piece providers are not doing their own cases so they will just be supervising those procedures. These sties will compensate $220/hr.

The other 2 sites are all general cases one of which will have a decent amount of OB (working on finding out if they will need locum to handle those cases). The other is a small location with only general cases. These sites will compensate $195/hr.

Scheduling is flexible so we will check to see what the client thinks!

For a second i thought you are there right now.
 

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How does one run a practice with 4 docs/ 17 crnas?
Easy. One doc on vacation. One doc works post call (peels out early). Doc probably beeper call from home light call back. Two docs there all day.

17 Crnas usually means only 11-12 working daily. Post call OB crna. 3 crnas on vacation.
So 3 docs covering 10-12 locations routinely. OB crna essentially independent except c/s.
 
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