OR Management Basics: Right Case, Right Time, Right Cost

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Course Description

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Non-Member Price: $14

OR Management is a relatively new area for residents and experienced anesthesiologists. OR management wasn’t taught in residency programs before 2000, so the vast majority of practicing anesthesiologists have not been exposed to the concepts. This course could not have come at a better time. The changing environment of health care delivery, advanced technology, and downward pressure on reimbursements are forcing anesthesiologists to reexamine the profession. Expanding anesthesiologists’ skill set to include management skills is the most logical opportunity to increase the value proposition for the entire enterprise in which they work and secure the profession for the future.

Basic accounting terms, OR management metrics and the application of a rationally-ordered set of priorities are just some of the topics that are needed to begin a study of OR management and make daily operational decisions that have a systematic approach to improving patient outcomes, increasing productivity, predicting work hours, and cutting costs. The purpose of this 1-hour course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of OR management to residents and experienced anesthesiologists who are interested in expanding their clinical practice into management. 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity the user will be able to:

  • Distinguish between various financial  measurements and their significance for OR managers
  • Define basic OR management metrics:   under-utilization, over-utilization and adjusted utilization rates
  • Use OR block allocations, utilization patterns, and case length to make operational decisions
  • Apply a set of priorities so that operational decisions have a systematic approach to increasing productivity and cutting costs

Faculty & Credentials:

Mitchell Tsai, M.D., M.M.M.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Fletcher Allen Health Care
University of Vermont College of Medicine 
Burlington, VT 


Nothing to disclose:
Dr. Tsai indicated that he has no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this CME activity. 
ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


This course does not represent a statement of ASA policy or requirements. Recommendations regarding the topics covered in this course do not constitute legal advice. ASA members should consult with their legal counsel, business managers, accountants, and other consultants concerning specific legal and business questions. 

Target Audience:

Anesthesiology residents

CME Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Watch the educational module, take the exam, print the CME certificate.

Required Hardware / Software:

Internet connection, web browser version must have been released within the last three years.

Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash player. Download the latest Flash Player here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Activity Release Date:

06/26/2014 - 8:00am

Activity Expiration Date:

06/25/2017 - 11:45pm

Estimated Time to Complete:

1 hour