Let’s Celebrate 50 Years of Clinical Excellence With More Success S

ince I have been asked to write about “forecast/trends and clinical care,” I want to start with clinical care since this is the reason why we all decided to

be in the ASC industry. Without excellence in clinical care, we will, over time, become extinct. Just being the lower-cost provider is useless without the best clinical outcomes. When we combine these two pillars of the industry—lower cost and clinical excellence— we create value for our stakeholders. Clinical excellence goes hand-in-hand with safety, education and standards of care that involve all team members in the ASC. Clinical excellence starts with the admission process and accurate data as we initiate our encounter with the patient and their friend or family member, continues through proper consents and expla- nation of the process, and ends at discharge. Simple, right? Well, not really. The follow-up by the clinical team continues the communication, proactively assisting with contacting the patient and assessing their status following the case. This data collection is essential to elicit trends and compile data from outside our centers. All the fun happens between admission and discharge where dedicated clinical teams work together, deploying best practices and providing anesthesia providers and surgeons with the assistance they need to perform the necessary procedures. Trends in our environment are constantly changing with additional procedures

approved annually and an ever-increasing focus on moving cases to the ASC setting. We see it now with the proposed rule with total knee arthroplasty and cardio procedures and more on the horizon. Trends related to our safety and efficiency are a key component of the rationale that allows for these advancements. Finally, forecast. It is already January, and we are all recovering from higher

case volumes in the fourth quarter of 2019 due to the annual beat-the-deductible- plan deadlines we have grown accustomed to seeing. As we move into a new year, it is time to reflect and forecast where your center will be in 2020. Will you add new specialties, new providers, new technology, new teammates? The best mix for each ASC changes all the time. Let’s all pull together and make sure we put the industry, our care and cus- tomer service at the top of our list of priorities this year. As we celebrate 50 years of ASCs, let’s look forward by learning what has transpired during this time. Fifty years ago, the first ASC was developed. A lot has changed; let’s make the next 50 even better.

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Larry Taylor, CASC President of ASCA’s Board of Directors

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