Ep 219: The Future of Healthcare & Anesthesia with Scott Becker


Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

As we put the finishing touches on another year, we didn’t want to use this time looking backward. Instead, we want to zoom out and get a better idea of where healthcare is headed. Who better to discuss this than Scott Becker, who is the founder of Becker’s Healthcare and someone who has his finger on the pulse of the industry.

We’re loaded with a long list of questions and have plenty we want to discuss, but we’re going to focus most of the conversation on anesthesia and the shortage of providers that will be a big issue heading into the new year and beyond. Having an outsider’s perspective of our profession is incredibly valuable and we think you’ll agree after listening to everything he has to say.

For those that aren’t familiar with Scott, he’s a partner in the healthcare department at McGuireWoods and built Becker’s Healthcare to be one of the go-to sources for medical news. What began 30 years ago as a way to build a brand as a young lawyer evolved into a true media company instead of a marketing strategy. Now he reaches millions of people through the website, publications, podcasts, and conferences.

You can check out everything they do here.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • How he started the business and how it’s evolved since the beginning. (4:02)
  • The shortage of anesthesia providers will be one of the big issues in healthcare in 2023. (7:46)
  • The future of CRNA salaries and whether pay increases are sustainable. (20:00)
  • Could a reimbursement model based on acuity be a possibility? (30:24)
  • Can rural hospitals survive in this current environment? (35:55)
  • What will health insurance look like in the future and what are the main challenges? (42:41)
  • What role does private equity play in the future of healthcare? (51:13)
  • What bold move(s) can CRNAs or our associations take now to position ourselves as healthcare leaders? (55:48)

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.


“You’ve seen a worldwide change of perspective amongst medical doctor anesthesiologists versus CRNAs and that world that’s inhabited. If you went back 10 years ago, this was a tremendously territorial relationship…The shortage of anesthesia providers is so significant, so challenging that no one could do this without the greater help of CRNAs and others.”

-Scott Becker, Founder of Becker’s Health





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