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North American Partners in Anesthesia

November 07, 2016 15:21 ET

Leading Anesthesiologist Dr. Sonia Szlyk Examines Role of Collaboration in Bundled Payment Initiatives at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting

MELVILLE, NY--(Marketwired - November 07, 2016) - North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) announced today that Director of Regional Anesthesia for NAPA's mid-atlantic region, Sonia Szlyk, MD will serve as a featured speaker at the 26th American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting. Dr. Szlyk will be co-presenting with Ryan M. Nunley, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine during the feature symposia titled, "Collaboration and Outcomes in the Era of Bundled Payments." The event, attracting over 2,000 attendees, will take place November 10-13, 2016 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.

"The era of bundled payments has arrived and will increasingly impact care delivery," said Dr. Szlyk. "Collaboration between surgeons and anesthesiologists is vital to ensure the highest quality care within a value-based system. Incorporating regional anesthesia as part of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathway enables multimodal pain management that minimizes opioids and maximizes attainment of physical therapy goals. Our patients benefit from optimal outcomes within a cost-conscious environment."

Dr. Szlyk's symposia will take place Thursday, November 10 from 2:30-4:30 pm. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the necessary collaboration between orthopaedists and anesthesiologists in order to thrive in the new era of bundled payments. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Review the evolution of bundled payments in the arena of orthopedic surgery
  • Discuss how enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways utilizing regional anesthesia provide a strategic advantage to deliver exceptional care within a successful bundled payment program
  • How to implement factors critical to a successful regional anesthesia program -- safety, efficiency, and reliability
  • Overview of the outcome metrics used to measure the success of a bundled payment program

Sonia Szlyk, MD has served as a clinical instructor in regional anesthesia at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, CA. She is an accomplished lecturer and educator specializing in ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks and catheters with specialization in pain management modalities for joint replacement, sports medicine, general and cosmetic surgery. She is board-certified in anesthesiology and an active member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

The AAHKS Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for members of the profession to come together and educate each other on the best practices in arthroplasty. The agenda addresses a broad array of scientific topics such as implant design, outcomes, surgical techniques and complications of primary and revision total joint arthroplasty (TJA). The latest information available on socioeconomic issues affecting the specialty is another highlight of the meeting.

About North American Partners in Anesthesia
As a clinician-led organization, North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) is redefining healthcare, delivering unsurpassed excellence to its partners and patients every day. In three decades, NAPA has grown to become one of the nation's leading single-specialty anesthesia and perioperative management companies, serving more than one million patients annually in more than 200 healthcare facilities throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southeast. Our highly skilled teams of clinicians participate in groundbreaking leadership development and customer service training programs to deliver optimal results to patients, surgeons, healthcare administrators and staff. Through our exceptional perioperative leadership, research, innovations and state-of-the-art technologies, NAPA offers real solutions driven by evidence-based outcomes to dramatically accelerate operational efficiencies, increase satisfaction ratings and enhance safety and profitability. For more information, please visit

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