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By Stephen W. Earnhart, MS, CEO, Earnhart & Associates, Austin, TX
Want to shake it up a bit? Staff getting complacent? Profits sagging?
Start posting patients for knee and hip replacements! Furthermore, send them home in less than 24 hours directly from your surgery center. No 72-hour-stay facility is needed.
We’ve been doing total knee replacement for years in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and sending patients home after 23 hours. It’s common. Now, enter a new procedure: hips!
The level of excitement of adding these procedures to your daily schedule for the average surgery center is, well, phenomenal to say the least. The average facility does not start doing these right away without taking the right steps. Some of the major steps include:
Next month: Are referrals drying up for your ENT, orthopedics, and other procedures? Has the local hospital been culling away your primary care referrals? Try creating your own referral base with a simple, but proven, method. [Earnhart & Associates is a consulting firm specializing in all aspects of outpatient surgery development and management. Earnhart & Associates’ address is 5114 Balcones Woods Drive, Suite 307-203 Austin, TX 78759. Phone: (512) 297-7575. Fax: (512) 233-2979. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.earnhart.com.]