News and Events

October 04, 2018

MedStream Sponsors FHA Annual Meeting

We are proud to sponsor this year's gathering of Florida healthcare leadership. Their passion for serving patients is palpable.  The speakers have included Chuck Todd (NBC) and Chris Holt (Amazon Global Healthcare).  More good stuff to come!  Find us at this important conference to learn why we are a health solution for Florida.

September 25, 2018

MedStream Sponsors WVHA Annual Meeting

MedStream is proud to sponsor the 2018 annual meeting of the West Virginia Hospital Association.  We continue to expand our partnership with the Mountain State due to our reputation for collaboration, innovation and implementation of effective healthcare solutions. Want to know more about our programs in West Virginia and beyond?  Contact Katy Yarbrough at

July 27, 2018

MedStream Partners With Named 2018 100 Great Hospitals

MedStream is proud to be the anesthesia partner to facilities included in the 2018 100 Great Hospitals in America, a list presented this week by Becker's Hospital Review.

According to Becker's, these hospitals "have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction.  These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties.  The list also includes industry...

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July 17, 2018

MedStream Sponsors 100th NCHA Meeting In Asheville

All of us at MedStream welcome the NCHA to our home town of Asheville.  We are proud to sponsor the 100th Annual Summer Meeting this week and look forward to seeing many friends, clients and colleagues.  Be sure and visit us at Booth #21 to celebrate, enter our prize drawing and - of course - ask us about how we can share our anesthesia expertise with your facility.  

July 17, 2018

MedStream Sponsors GHA Summer Meeting

MedStream is pleased to return to Amelia Island for this week's gathering of statewide leadership. 

Dr. Ellen Boney, our Chief Operating Officer, will present to hospital administrators seeking customized anesthesia solutions, including MedStream's proprietary QCDR (Qualified Clinical Data Registry) for capturing MIPS, MACRA and other quality metrics.  Catch her if you can!

January 31, 2018

MedStream Named to 2017 Inc. 5000 List

On the heels of our appointment to the 2017 Grant Thonrton North Carolina 100®, MedStream has also been named to the Inc. 5000.

This prestigious annual ranking recognizes the fastest-growing companies in America.  As a first-time honoree, MedStream entered the list at #3704.

President and founder Dr. Ken Ellington stated, "This accomplishment is the direct result of the incredible work performed every day by our employees and contractors.  They significantly expanded MedStream's...

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December 22, 2017

MedStream Named to 2017 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100®

For the second year in a row, MedStream has been named to the 2017 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® (NC100), which ranks the state’s largest private companies by revenue.  The complete list was released in the October issue of Business North Carolina and can be viewed at

MedStream President and founder Dr. Ken Ellington observed, "As our eleventh year in operation comes to a close, we are proud to be recognized as one of the most innovative, top-performing...

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October 24, 2017

MedStream Sponsors FHA and WVHA Annual Meetings

It's that time of year, when our organization has the opportunity to reconnect at the statewide level with our clinical and operational colleagues. 

At the Florida Hospital Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, MedStream was proud to sponsor the ACHE Dinner for the fourth year in a row.  This program never disappoints: we enjoyed a fantastic speaker, ACHE Governor and hospital CEO Valerie Powell-Stafford.  MedStream hosted a highly engaged membership celebrating their colleagues and...

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August 24, 2017

MedStream Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

MedStream has appointed Dr. Ellen Boney Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect.  "We are pleased Ellen has joined us in this critical role.  MedStream and our hospital partners will gain clinically and operationally from her hands-on experience, " said MedStream President Ken Ellington.  "Ellen will help ensure all aspects of our practice management are optimized while we continue to deliver high quality anesthesia service to patients across our network."

July 20, 2017

MedStream Sponsors NCHA and GHA Annual Meetings

MedStream is proud to be an ongoing sponsor of our home state's Hospital Association.  This year's conference is at the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach.  Be sure and find us here July 20-21 to learn how we help our local hospitals achieve improved anesthesia service while containing costs.  

One state away, we are also sponsoring our friends at the Georgia Hospital Association.  Our Chief Clinical Officer, Terry Cline, is available for discussion throughout the...

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June 20, 2017

Poll Confirms Hospitals Seek to Outsource and Optimize

You aren't the only hospital administrator searching for an innovative solution to cost reduction.  According to a poll conducted this past February by Economist Intelligence Unit:

  • 58% of those surveyed are committed to lessening the "need for high-cost talent"
  • 29% of those surveyed stated their primary goal is "partnering with other hospitals/hospital groups to create economies of scale"

MedStream regularly speaks to administrators like you.  We engage with them to identify...

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May 30, 2017

Why Shortchange Your Patients?

The updates come daily: hospitals are closing their ORs early, offering less services or simply closing their doors completely.  There are several anesthesia-driven solutions to help you avoid this happening at your facility.  Is your anesthesia department protecting you from offering your community less services, effectively shortchanging your patients? 

  • Do providers aim to minimize turnover time?
  • Do they operate a tight PAT protocol resulting in a near zero cancellation rate?
  • ...
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May 16, 2017

Financial Goals Are Achieved With the Right Anesthesia Partner

Reading of the bankruptcy and closure of facilities across the country?  Hearing the industry-wide volume reductions?  Listen to peers report they are leaving money on the table due to ineffective billing?  Wondering how to protect your facility from these financial concerns?  For starters, an anesthesia department can be more than a budget line-item.  

The right anesthesia group can be a partner to your hospital, aligning itself with your financial goals.  Transformational anesthesia...

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February 27, 2017

MedStream Announces New Chief Financial Officer

MedStream is pleased to confirm Melissa Blocker, CPA, CGMA, has been named Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Blocker previously served as CFO of a physician owned group, a multi-site healthcare provider and a medical device manufacturer.  Prior to her leadership roles in healthcare, Ms. Blocker began her career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.  Doug Ellington, co-owner of MedStream, stated, "MedStream will gain both financial and accountancy expertise with the addition of Melissa to our team....

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February 20, 2017

MedStream Sponsors Memorable NCHA Annual Winter Meeting

Gatherings of healthcare leaders in our home state are always special but this year two presentations were particularly meaningful.  Joann Anderson, CEO of Southeastern Regional Medical Center, opened the conference with a poignant and heartfelt story of her hospital's experience through Hurricane Matthew last fall.  The following morning, David Strong, former CEO at Rex Healthcare and now CEO of Orlando Health, walked attendees through his team's minute-by-minute experience receiving...

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February 13, 2017

MedStream Partners With Named 2017 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals

MedStream is proud to serve hospitals and surgery centers of all size, setting and backgrounds.  We are the anesthesia partner to hospitals included in the 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, a list presented this week by The Chartis Group.

According to Becker's Hospital Review, "The hospitals that are named to this list are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their...

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January 30, 2017

MedStream Sponsors SCHA Annual Meeting

MedStream returned to Columbia, SC last week to sponsor the 96th South Carolina Hospital Association Annual Meeting.  As our footprint expands across the Palmetto State, it is increasingly benefical to attend this productive conference and work with SCHA to ensure customized anesthesia solutions remain available to its members.  MedStream partners with a diverse roster of hospitals and surgery centers and our leadership team is committed to achieving improved outcomes, no matter the...

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December 28, 2016

MedStream Named One of Grant Thornton North Carolina 100 Companies for 2016

For the first time since MedStream was founded in 2006, we have been named one of the largest privately held businesses in North Carolina as recognized by the 2016 NC100.  Inclusion in this list is a testament to MedStream's enduring partnerships and impressive growth since starting operations 10 years ago.  

President and founder Dr. Ken Ellington remarked, "This achievement reflects MedStream's commitment to sustainable partnership with our hospital and surgery center clients through...

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October 31, 2016

MedStream Sponsors VHHA Annual Meeting

MedStream will sponsor the annual meeting for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, held this week at The Homestead in Hot Springs.  As always, we look forward to engaging in healthy discussion about opportunities for improving anesthesia service.  Be sure and find us there November 2-4 to ask about customized solutions for your facility.

October 24, 2016

Primary Challenges Facing CFOs in 2017

1. LABOR COSTS:  This line item is typically 50% of a hospital's budget.  MedStream can help reduce staffing expenses.  With 40 practices, we are confident in our knowledge of market rates and our ability to retain or recruit.  Lowering staffing expenses will reduce the overall subsidy, if one is necessary.

2. LOW CMS REIMBURSEMENT RATES:  As every hospital CFO has observed, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are being continually diminished.  MedStream has negotiated advantageous...

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October 17, 2016

MedStream Sponsors FHA Annual Meeting

This week our team heads to Orlando for the Annual Meeting of the Florida Hospital Association.  Hospitals and healthcare systems in the Sunshine State have very diverse healthcare needs and objectives, hence MedStream has customized solutions for widely different practices.  We look forward to problem-solving and sharing best practices with old friends and new associates October 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress!

October 11, 2016

MedStream Sponsors GACH Annual Meeting

MedStream is pleased to return to Greensboro, GA this week for the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.  This conference provides dedicated support for community and non-profit hospitals tasked with providing quality care for populations while maximizing resources.  MedStream is a natural partner with GACH, as we pursue the same goal at our partner hospitals: creating efficient, effective anesthesia service models while maintaining expenses.  We look forward to...

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October 03, 2016

MedStream Sponsors WVHA Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of West Virginia hospital and healthcare administrators returned to The Greenbrier last week.  Given the incredible flood event of just a few months ago, it was impressive to see how quickly the resort had been restored to its original capacity.  We at MedStream are extremely pleased for the resort, for the community of White Sulphur Springs and for the members of the WVHA to have The Greenbrier operational again.  

The annual meeting brought together our friends...

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August 31, 2016

Thanks for Laboring on Labor Day!

MedStream appreciates our anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists who take a pass on the beach or the camping trip, instead spending the holiday weekend serving our patients and hospital partners at nearly 40 locations across the southeast and Hawaii.  We thank you for being a vital part of our team and for supporting our facilities!

August 11, 2016

Anesthesia Evaluation Still on Your Summer To-Do List?

Earlier this summer, we blogged about completing your anesthesia inquiry before July 4th.  Haven't got around to it yet?  Here's your friendly reminder to contact MedStream before Labor Day.  You make the call, we do the rest: an easy way to procure a customized proposal addressing the opportunities at your hospital and cross off that task from your checklist before summer is over.

July 11, 2016

MedStream Sponsors NCHA and GHA Meetings This Week

Pinehurst and Amelia Island...two great locales with programs scheduled for exactly the same days!  Our team is busy packing their suitcases.  

Terry Cline, CRNA and EVP of Clinical Operations, will grab his golf clubs and head to Pinehurst.  Terry has worked at facilities across North Carolina for over 30 years and looks forward to reconnecting with hospital partners and clinical associates.  

Katy Yarbrough, MedStream's VP of Business Development, will travel to Amelia Island as...

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June 23, 2016

Leadership Traits You Need in the OR

Many hospitals are staffed with competent clinicians whose patients receive quality care. However only a portion of those providers are also effective leaders.  Does your anesthesia Medical Director exhibit the following traits?

  • authentic - leaders build trust by demonstrating an understanding and appreciation of the work
  • collaborative - leaders are not bound by title or position in their willingness to problem solve
  • flexible - leaders recognize there can be better or different...
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May 31, 2016

June Is The Right Time to Explore Anesthesia Change

Have that lingering to-do item on your list?  Know you need to research anesthesia alternatives but have been procrasting?  Tick tock, all signs point to checking that box in June.  Why?  Because budgeting season is around the corner, typically starting in September or October.  If you expect your anesthesia budget to be under the magnifiying glass for any reason - cost, performance, leadership - now is the time to explore change.  It can be easy, too, allowing you to get to the rest of...

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May 06, 2016

Happy National Nurses Day 2016

The exceptional CRNAs who work with us at MedStream are a key component of our company's success.  They are professional, diligent and reliable colleagues to our anesthesiologists and medical staff.  More importantly, they are inspiring and assuring caregivers to our patients at practices spanning from West Virginia to Florida.  We value our nurse anesthetists' commitment to quality, service and partnership.  From all of us MedStream, thank you.

April 21, 2016

Why Are You Changing Your Anesthesia Group?

A recent survey of hospital administrators found that the top three reasons for seeking a new anesthesia group are:

  • reduction in subsidy (40%)
  • improved service (34%)
  • need for leadership (26%)

This breakdown represents the most common needs we explore in partnership discussions.  However, other typical challenges were left off, including staffing gaps or recruiting challenges, quality metrics reporting, and growing case volume in a competitive marketplace.  MedStream consistently...

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April 11, 2016

Aligning Providers with the Practice

You like your anesthesia providers but...

  • they cost too much, or
  • they lack leadership, or
  • they won't collaborate with CRNAs and other medical staff, or
  • they don't prioritize efficiency, or
  • a combination of some or all of the above

These are all common problems experienced by most hospital administrators at some point or another.  It can be hard to align your providers with the goals of your practice.  MedStream can work with you and the anesthesia providers to establish an...

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March 21, 2016

It’s Always Recruitment Season at MedStream

In the first quarter of 2016, MedStream has successfully launched five new practices in three states.  Our service footprint is slated to grow again in Q2 and Q3 across the southeast and beyond.  MedStream continues to onboard high level anesthesiologists and CRNAs at a healthy retention rate in our new facilities, however in some cases there will be an additional need for staffing beyond the team that is currently in place.  As you search for team-based, specialist-supported...

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February 22, 2016

MedStream Sponsors NCHA Winter Meeting

Last week's Winter Meeting in Cary was another successful NCHA event.  Attendees enjoyed a steady supply of presentations on best strategies for efficiency, leadership and getting in front of changes facing our industry.  MedStream reunited with many long-time friends across our home state who are experiencing optimized anesthesia as a result of our programs.  We look forward to continued partnership with NCHA and its members...and of course the Summer Meeting in Pinehurst in more »

February 01, 2016

How to Achieve Clinical Transformation

Our implementation team is faced with this question every day.  Each hospital partner has its own objectives and corresponding set of challenges.  MedStream recognizes these unique conditions and partners with each facility to embrace practices that are working successfully and repair those that drive dysfunction.

  • Be Transparent: Neither the hospital nor the outsourced group will achieve the optimal change without a full understanding of the challenges and exploration of solutions....
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January 25, 2016

MedStream Sponsors First State Hospital Association Meeting of 2016

Any doctor will tell you: heavy snowfall can result in Cabin Fever! We received 12 inches in Asheville over the weekend so MedStream is excited to get out of the house and sponsor the 2016 South Carolina Hospital Association Annual Meeting in Columbia this week.  Now with seven hospital clients across the state, our service is improving the OR environment and patient experience for an increasing number of people.  Find us January 27-28 at the Columbia Marriott or just click online to...

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January 12, 2016

Make Your New Years Resolutions Count in 2016

Each year you - the hopsital administrator - state that you want your hospital to have a more efficient OR, including lower anesthesia costs, more accountable leadership and increased case volume.  MedStream can help you achieve this resolution with our hands-on engagement and customized solutions.

Our founders, Dr. Ken Ellington and his brother Doug Ellington, have partnered with numerous administrative teams like yours, tackling common problems such as inefficient staffing,...

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January 04, 2016

MedStream Starts 4 Practices in Next 60 Days

It is a happy, busy new year at MedStream.  We are celebrating 2016 with four new hospital partners.  Our service footprint will grow over the next 60 days with start-ups in:

  • Tennessee (January 1)
  • West Virginia (January 1)
  • South Carolina (February 1)
  • South Carolina (March 1)

MedStream can help your hospital achieve its goals for improved performance in 2016.  Whether you are seeking to lower your expenses, stabilize your staffing, achieve departmental leadership or perhaps a...

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December 08, 2015

MedStream Announces Two Appointments to Executive Leadership Team

MedStream is pleased to announce two appointments to the executive leadership team.

Richard Jacobs, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer.  In this role, Dr. Jacobs will be the primary medical liaison for MedStream providers and will focus on efficient, high quality anesthesia delivery.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Jacobs led clinical programs at multiple MedStream practice sites, working with medical directors to facilitate performance improvement.  Dr. Jacobs has 30 years’...

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November 12, 2015

MedStream Sponsors 2 Hospital Associations: Where to Find Us This Week

MedStream was proud to sponsor the 2015 Georgia Hospital Association annual meeting, held this week in Savannah.  The ACHE breakfast was particularly meaningful on Wednesday, when Colonel Paul Martin of the US Air Force gave a Veterans Day address.

This week MedStream is also sponsoring the 2015 Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association annual meeting in Hot Springs.  We will enjoy seeing our partners and friends at this important review of state policies, strategies and more »

October 26, 2015

Don’t Let Anesthesia Expenses Frighten You This Halloween

Warning: this post contains Halloween humor.  You may want to put your costume on to really appreciate this one. 

Many hospital administrators determine that they are overpaying for anesthesia only after they become dissatisfied with the overall service.  They then begin to explore alternative solutions that, among other improvements, offer a lower price tag.  Essentially, they go trick-or-treating.

Conversely, you may be fully satisfied with your service but are STILL overpaying....

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October 12, 2015

MedStream Sponsors Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

On October 14-16, MedStream will sponsor the GACH annual meeting in Greensboro, Georgia.  This group of not-for-profit and community hospitals meets to review the challenges facing their classification of healthcare facilities, resulting in a situation-specific and solution-driven conference.  MedStream is proud to support this organization of hospital administrators in their goals to deliver quality care through a period of constant change and consistent need.

October 06, 2015

MedStream Sponsors Florida Hospital Association

MedStream will sponsor the Florida Hospital Association Annual Meeting this week in Orlando.  MedStream's footprint in Florida has expanded in 2015 and the company expects several new partnerships to be solidified in Florida in 2016.  The agenda at this conference always features strong presentations and insightful discussion.  We look forward to seeing our colleagues and friends (and the sun) October 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

September 28, 2015

MedStream Sponsors Two Hospital Associations: Where to Find Us This Week

MedStream is proud to sponsor our friends and colleagues at the Tennessee Hospital Association and those a little further north at the West Virginia Hospital Association this week.  We will be meeting and presenting to hospital administrators from two of our service states, which means our team will be in White Sulphur Springs, as well as in Nashville.  Both meetings are expected to provide timely insight into the challenges member hospitals are facing, as well as best practices that...

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August 31, 2015

MedStream Offers Extended Resources to Compliment Anesthesia

MedStream's founder, Dr. Ken Ellington, is a practicing anesthesiologist.  As he performs cases at our 30 partner hospitals, he has observed instances where a patient experience could be improved by a heightened level of service.   As a result, Ken and his leadership team have developed programs that are an extension of our core anesthesia delivery:

Surgical Services Consultant: Our approach to achieving an efficient anesthesia service can be complimented by a similar expert-led...

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August 17, 2015

3 Ways Your Anesthesia Team Can Boost Patient Satisfaction

As a hospital administrator, you are committed to providing quality care for your patients.  You likely use a number of methods to qualify your service, including HCAHPS survey results, readmission rate analysis, and benchmarking your hospital's performance to national averages.  Naturally, you are seeking to achieve and maintain a high level of patient satisfaction as a part of your assessment, as it not only indicates success in serving your community but also typically leads to...

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July 21, 2015

MedStream Sponsors NCHA Summer Meeting July 29-31

For the sixth consecutive year, MedStream will be sponsoring and attending the NCHA Summer Meeting, held this year at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.  Reflecting on the company's beginnings in Asheville, President Ken Ellington said, "As MedStream's footprint grows in our home state, it is increasingly gratifying to see so many friends and partners in one place.  We are proud to work with thoughtful, progressive leadership who are also members of our broader community."  

As our...

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July 09, 2015

5th Year Sponsoring the Georgia Hospital Association

MedStream is pleased to participate in our fifth annual GHA summer meeting with friends and colleagues from across the state of Georgia next week. We look forward to reconnecting with partners, brainstorming with administrators and reviewing industry developments. The GHA always includes interesting speakers in their program, providing MedStream with new concepts and best practices to share across our network.  We know our fifth year of sponsorship will be as meaningful as always.  See...

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June 29, 2015

HFMA Report

We had some candid conversations with hospitals and health systems across the country.  Our electronic anesthesia record generated many animated discussions, with administrators expressing excitement about this critical module being a built-in component of our anesthesia service.  MedStream's success lowering expenses while improving service was also a hot topic, given that many hospitals with expensive anesthesia programs choose to retain their current service fearing change will not...

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June 08, 2015

See You At the HFMA National Conference

MedStream is exhibiting at the HFMA National Conference in Orlando from June 22-25.  If you're attending too, you are likely seeking best practices for more strategic management of your hospital's financials.  You can't afford not to stop by the MedStream booth!  Our service enables you to save anesthesia costs while continuing to deliver quality care for your patients through:

  • streamlining patient through-put
  • increasing collections
  • staffing efficiently
  • providing a new revenue...
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May 27, 2015

Improving the Patient Experience

Each person associated with your hospital has the ability to increase patient satisfaction.  That initiative should not rest solely on the shoulders of one leader.  The CFO should examine opportunities to decrease length of hospitalization, which ensures the patient is home sooner but also reduces hospital expenses.  The OR Director must expect efficient scheduling of surgical sites.  While this will ensure cases start on time and patients are in recovery sooner, it also means quicker...

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May 20, 2015

Is Okay Really Okay?

The anesthesia department at your hospital may seem clinically and operationally "okay".  Perhaps you want better than "okay" but aren't sure what you are seeking in terms of improvement.  Ask yourself, can your anesethesia team be exceptional?  Do they:

  • Grow case volume by increasing surgeon referrals
  • Eliminate scheduling issues by getting providers and medical staff on the same page
  • Reduce expenses by streamlining patient through-put and optimizing staffing
  • Work with your...
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May 05, 2015

MedStream Announces New Practice, New State

MedStream is proud to announce our service area has expanded to include Hawaii.  The company’s newest practice begins July 1 on the “Big Island”, at which time MedStream will be operational in seven states.  MedStream President Ken Ellington said, “We look forward to a robust partnership in Hawaii, where we are collaborating with a progressive administrative team and enthusiastic medical staff to achieve an optimized anesthesia service delivery.” 

MedStream is rapidly growing, due to...

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April 29, 2015

So You’re Cutting Costs…What About Driving Revenue Too?

As a hospital administrator, you are already examining expenses and retooling budgets to save costs.  In addition to protecting your bottom line, are you maximizing opportunities to grow your top line?

  • Leverage your partnerships - an invested partner will aspire to help you grow through identifying and improving gaps in service
  • Understand the difference efficiency can make in the OR - monitor and hold your providers accountable for optimized care
  • Boost outpatient growth -...
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April 09, 2015

The Long-Standing Anesthesia Contract

As we meet with hospital leadership, it's very common to hear that they have abided by an anesthesia contract with the same group for many years.  Often, this is stated with confidence that because they've been doing it the same way for so many years, it must be good.

In fact, the long-standing anesthesia providers may be very good.  More often, however, a long-standing group has long-standing procedures that don't reflect the current CMS requirements (like an electronic health...

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March 26, 2015

MedStream Cinderella Stories

It's the NCAA tournament and perhaps your Cinderella team is still enjoying the ball.  If so, congratulations...perhaps you can help us with our brackets next year.  MedStream helps hospitals achieve successful transformations, just like Cinderella.  Discover some of the impactful changes we have achieved in our partnerships and consider if that glass slipper might look good on you!

March 16, 2015

Five Qualities You Should Expect in an Anesthesia Partner

Shared Goals - By outsourcing your anesthesia services, you run the risk of having a detached, unengaged group.  If the group performs services purely with a contractor's mindset, a disconnect occurs between your anesthesia providers, surgeons and OR staff.  MedStream knows an anesthesia department is most effective at providing quality patient care, problem-solving with the OR staff, reducing expenses and growing referrals through true collaboration with the hospital and embracing its...

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February 10, 2015

Are Your Providers Aligned With Your Hospital’s Mission?

It's a common concept: if an individual is engaged in his activity, he will perform it at a higher level and with greater enthusiasm.  In the OR setting, a clinician who provides a more optimal patient experience will yield improved clinical outcomes, adhere more to safety protocols and demonstrate increased quality measures.  These actions, in turn, benefit the hospital in their efforts to increase surgical referrals, grow their patient volumes and develop a strong reputation for...

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January 27, 2015

MedStream Sponsors the 2015 SCHA Annual Meeting

Our team looks forward to seeing longtime associates and meet new colleagues at this year's meeting in Columbia.  MedStream has a strong presence in South Carolina, where our partners enjoy reduced anesthesia expenses, streamlined patient through-put and a more collaborative relationship with medical staff.  We will be presenting our extended service lines at this conference, including our comprehensive pain program, electronic anesthsia record and OR optimization services.  Find us...

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January 08, 2015

MedStream is Prepared for Key Healthcare Themes in 2015

Many hospital administrators will be focusing on some shared issues this year and this article by Triple Tree does a great job of summarizing them.  MedStream has anticipated these themes and can position your hospital to meet goals that are associated with them.

1. Cost Containment: Since 2006, our approach has been to implement clinical and financial efficiencies into the delivery of anesthesia.  We have successfully reduced or maintained anesthesia expenses for our 25 partners...

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January 06, 2015

MedStream Launches Integrated Bill Pay

MedStream anesthesia bills are now payable via our website.  While patients can still call our billing services team (877-350-3511) with a credit card or mail in payment to our office, secure online bill payment options are now available using Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.  MedStream is pleased to offer this enhanced service to our customers, effective immediately.

December 19, 2014

Does Your Anesthesia Provider Add Value to Pre-Admission Testing?

Poor PAT management is often part of the reason hospitals are searching for new anesthesia solutions.  Is your anesthesia department partnering effectively with PAT to reduce the number of case cancellations?  Are your anesthesiologists reviewing pre-screened charts?  If so, what percentage of the time?  And how far out before the case is scheduled?  Contact us to explore how MedStream improves this critical first stage of the patient experience.

December 04, 2014

The Changing Role of the CFO

In a recent survey conducted by Becker's Hospital Review, CFOs identified several major challenges they expect to face in 2015.  Looming changes in reimbursement levels and consolidation of the healthcare industry were among the short list of anticipated responses.  However the survey also revealed a more nuanced answer: the role of the CFO is becoming increasingly more strategic, frequently working with physicians to pursue efficiencies in the OR.  This often places the individual...

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November 21, 2014

C-Suite Survey Results

A recent Huron Consulting Group poll asked hospital and healthcare leaders what the biggest cost-saving opportunities were in their immediate future. A whopping 71% responded that improving clinical operations would reduce expenses. A further 21% of participants selected workforce optimization and the remaining 8% chose supply chain management. Guess what?  MedStream can assist your organization with implementing any or all of these transitions. Our clinical and financial experts...

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November 18, 2014

How Change Will Occur, According to John Nance

John Nance - ABC analyst, author and consultant - spoke at the GHA Annual Meeting last week.  He acknowledged many of the challenges facing hospital leadership, remarking, "Until now hospital administrators have thought, The main thing I have to do is keep my doctors happy.  This is not a dishonorable statement.  But it can't be the way things work going forward.  The priorities now have to be the patients and cost management."

MedStream has always strived to reduce expenses while...

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November 12, 2014

MedStream Sponsors 2014 GHA Annual Meeting

Looking forward to seeing our friends and associates in Buckhead this week.  As always, we anticipate great speakers and forward-thinking discussion.  MedStream's track record of streamlining anesthesia, reducing expenses and growing case volume is a good fit with the objectives of Georgia hospital administrators.

November 07, 2014

5th Year Sponsors of Tennessee Hospital Association

We always have a great time at the THA annual meeting in Nashville.  This year MedStream was recognized for five years of continuous sponsorship.  We are proud to partner with this organization and pleased to provide customized solutions for its member hospitals.  Learn more about the ways we can positively impact your facility.

October 28, 2014

Optimize Your OR

MedStream clients can benefit from the services of our partner, Simons Surgical Solutions.  Complimenting our efforts to streamline the anesthesia delivery, this consulting firm optimizes the OR, eliminating potential deterrents to efficiency, improving productivity and transforming the OR into a highly functional workplace.  President Tighe Simons draws upon best practices from her background in perioperative business management to help unify providers, implement cost containment,...

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October 20, 2014

New Video Featuring EVP of Clinical Operations

Thanks to Terry Cline, CRNA, for his time and enthusiasm in shooting the fantastic new recruitment video now featured on our website.  MedStream is always interested to meet anesthesia providers who are looking to be part of something meaningful.  Terry epitomizes the personality and professionalism of our company and he looks forward to hearing from you.

October 14, 2014

MedStream Sponsors 2014 GACH Annual Conference

MedStream is proud to sponsor the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals at their annual conference this week.  Our team looks forward to meeting up with old friends, hearing presentations from industry experts and exploring service models that promote increased efficiency and reduced expenses.

September 29, 2014

Financial Reform Remains Number One Hospital Priority

MedStream sponsored the WVHA Annual Meeting last week, where Jamie Orlikoff addressed the assembly.  Jamie gave an impactful presentation, truly jolting the audience with statistics that are part of the "new normal" of healthcare.  Restructured reimbursements and declining patient volumes mean higher market competition than ever.  How do hospital administrators achieve the necessary savings?  Find a partner that supports your goals.  MedStream customizes each service contract knowing no...

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September 15, 2014

Budget Season: Evaluating Your Partners

Many administrators will be focused on building operational budgets for 2015 over the next couple of months.  If you are involved in this task, know that it is prime opportunity to assess your service line partners.  In order to ensure your budgeted dollars are used as efficiently as possible, you may consider asking the following questions:

  • Do I use the same group for all my service lines?  Are they truly experts in each speciality?  Would I achieve more savings by contracting with...
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September 09, 2014

MedSTream Sponsors 2014 WVHA Annual Meeting

We are sponsoring the West Virginia Hospital Assocation 89th Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier on September 24-26. It will be a great couple of days reconnecting with our partners and meeting new administrators. MedStream will present details on our pain clinic and other specialty services.  Make sure you find us to explore questions you may have about your current anesthesia service, reducing expenses or growing case volume.

August 28, 2014

When Exploring Organizational Change, Don’t Reference Your Hospital’s “Culture”

Our folks at MedStream really like this Becker's Hospital Review article  in which administrators are encouraged to pursue "adaptive change", as opposed to a seeking new organizational "culture".  "Culture" is too vague, hence reconstructing it on an institutional scale could be near impossible.  "Adaptive change" is a more proactive and strategic term that lends itself to a clear list of goals.  Our leadership follows this strategy in the roll-out of new service agreements.  We work...

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August 25, 2014

PRN Resource

With Labor Day approaching, our partner hospitals can experience a high level of provider vacation requests.  MedStream is prepared for this operational challenge.  The PRN staff who provide cover in these instances are drawn from the same pool of highly qualified, professional clinicians as our permanent providers.  As you consider your next anesthesia partner, know that MedStream understands consistency is imperative to the functionality of the OR and to ensure the best care for our...

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August 14, 2014

MedStream Provides the Efficiency Administrators are Seeking

A recently conducted AHA poll confirmed more than 50% of hospital CEOs are striving to improve efficiency in their facilities.  Administrators haven't wanted to discuss this need for improvement in the past, fearing it might be perceived as a weakness to the competition or suggest a lack of quality to prospective patients.  However the need for a higher functioning OR is something everyone is now talking about, given the regulations contained in the Accountable Care Act.  MedStream has...

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August 12, 2014

MedStream Partners Observe Increased Case Volume

We know hospital administrators are seeking to provide the highest quality patient care while exercising resource and process efficiency.  MedStream shares this goal at each of our practice sites.  We optimize patient through-put, enabling more procedures to be performed in the same amount of time.  As a result, our year-on-year case volume grew 9% in June!  Find out about this and other performance updates on our LinkedIn page.

August 07, 2014

Want to Work for the Best in Class?

Meet Terry Cline, practicing CRNA and Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations.  Terry has the important role of identifying providers who will represent us in our practice sites.  MedStream is expanding our presence in hospitals across the southeast.  As such, Terry is seeking additional anesthesiologists and CRNAs who are prepared to foster a positive, efficient workplace environment while delivering quality patient care.  

If you want to experience a genuine team dynamic and...

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August 05, 2014

Follow Us on LinkedIn

You can learn more about MedStream's expertise, our strategic partners and our staffing opportunities on LinkedIn.  We will announce our tradeshow schedule and expansion news on the MedStream LinkedIn page, as well as providing input from our anesthesia and pain management team so check back frequently and stay in touch!

July 07, 2014

MedStream Booth at NCHA 2014 Summer Meeting

MedStream is pleased to be a sponsor of the upcoming North Carolina Hospital Association Summer Meeting.  We are headquartered in the scenic mountains of Asheville, hence our company relies on NCHA to stay informed on industry issues and stay connected to healthcare leaders who are shaping our state's future.

Since MedStream began providing anesthesia service to hospital partners in 2009, our presence in North Carolina has steadily grown.  Of our 20 practices, eight are located in...

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July 01, 2014

MedStream Launches Online RFP Form

Acquiring accurate data can take longer than expected.  Or more than one person to verify.  Or the paper-based data gets misplaced.  Delays in pulling together a report can result in missed opportunities and avoidable expense.

In order to tailor a proposal based around a hospital's unique objectives, MedStream requires certain baseline data contained in an introductory form.  We now provide secure access to our website, where the facility's form will live while the information is...

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