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Steps to Establish an Ambulatory Surgery Center

September 13, 2018

According to Sg2 predictions, Outpatient surgical volume is expected to grow 15 percent across the U.S. over the next decade. Physicians and health systems alike are developing outpatient strategies to address the shift of surgical cases to the ambulatory environment. Taking your ASC strategy to the planning and development stage can be overwhelming. To ensure your ASC strategy execution is sm...

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A Patients Guide to Before and After Surgery at an ASC

December 14, 2017

How to Prepare for Surgery:

  1. Follow your physician’s instructions about not eating or drinking before your surgery or procedure.
  2. Complete required documents and bring them with you to inform your doctor of medications, supplements, medical history, etc.
  3. Dress appropriately. Do not wear any makeup, contact lenses, nail polish, perfume, lotion, jewelry and/o...

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Advantages of ASC vs Hospital Based Procedures

November 9, 2017

Ambulatory Surgery Centers, also known as ASCs, are freestanding healthcare facilities focused on providing outpatient surgical care. Outpatient surgery offers significant benefits over inpatient surgery. The shorter stay makes it more appealing as well as the normally lower price point.

Complex procedures such as hysterectomies, total joint replacements, and spin...

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What is an ASC?

August 24, 2017

Ambulatory Surgery Centers- also known as ASCs- are healthcare facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care. These centers are freestanding and may be owned by physicians or a joint venture partnership between physicians and a local hospital.  Since 1970, ASCs have shown an extraordinary ability to improve quality and customer satisfaction while consistently reducing costs. Motivated...

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PPH VALUE Week | Day 5 | Execute

July 28, 2017

EXECUTION To carry out fully, to perform properly or skillfully the task required to complete instructions or a plan. Practice Partners’ focus is on de novo surgery centers or taking your existing surgery center to the next level of success.  A de novo or turn-around ASC project requires Vision, Acumen, Leadership and Understanding, and most impo...

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PPH VALUE Week | Day 4 | Understanding

July 27, 2017

UNDERSTANDING Knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing or skill in dealing with or handling something Practice Partners knows the ASC industry, but more importantly, we understand the industry.  Combining industry intelligence with an understanding of your vision and expectations, we develop a strategy that integrates your practice with ...

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PPH VALUE WEEK | Day 3 | Leadership

July 26, 2017

LEADERSHIP An act or instance of leading, guidance or direction.  Leading by example, Practice Partners has developed a hands-on leadership culture by being involved in day-to-day operational aspects of every surgery center. We focus intently on open communication and leading physician and hospital system partners through the devel...

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PPH VALUE WEEK | Day 2 | Acumen

July 25, 2017

ACUMEN Keen insight.  The Practice Partners senior leadership team has the business acumen to understand how all the moving parts work together in a successful surgery center.  We combine your vision with our expertise and industry insight to develop and operate a surgery center with financial and clinical success. Practice Partners’ Acumen b...

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July 24, 2017

The act or power of anticipating that which will happen or may come to be. Practice Partners leadership and management approach is forward-looking, consistently anticipating what the future holds in the ambulatory surgery center industry.  We are at the forefront of what’s new, what’s next and what’s better for physicians and hospital systems partners in ...

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Total Shoulder Joint Replacement Surgery

June 30, 2017

Although shoulder and joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is still just as successful in relieving joint pain. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and activity changes are no longer helpful for relieving pain, you may want to consider shoulder joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and help you resu...

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Ways to Improve Revenue Cycle Management

June 26, 2017

If you are wanting to make changes to your revenue cycle management but not sure where to start, take a look at these 4 tips.

1. Trend Your Healthcare Data

You cannot manage what you do not measure. The first step to improving is to identify areas for enhancement. Combining data ...

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Steps to Making Your ASC a Reality: Surgery Center Development Process

June 7, 2017

Since its formation, Practice Partners in Healthcare has developed a customizable process on how to develop a personalized ASC. Practice Partners is a one-stop ASC solution – we develop new centers, take existing centers to the next level and turn around struggling centers. This process is tailored to the needs of the physicians or center.

Phase 1- Project...

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Five Ways to Improve Patient Satisfaction

April 28, 2017

Five Ways to Improve Patient Satisfaction

  1. Recognize the value of patient satisfaction. These are inexpensive and priceless tools for center leaders to measure and improve their performance. If we do not know what customers need or want, how will we exceed their expectations? It is often difficult to see from the patient’s point of view and there is no better way to u...

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8 Aspects of an ASC That Physicians Like the Most

March 23, 2017

Ambulatory Surgery Centers are more attractive to physicians for many reasons. Not only are patients more satisfied with their experience, physicians find a better quality of life while at an ASC. Convenient block scheduling, fast turnover time and additional income are only a few of the perks of belonging to an ASC as opposed to a hospital.

  1. Block scheduling: With bloc...

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A Patient’s Guide to Preparing for your Surgery or Procedure

March 6, 2017

Here are a few tips for patients to consider prior to their date of service to ensure safe outcomes and the highest quality care.

  1. We will take great care of you and your family.
  2. Follow your physician’s instructions about not eating or drinking before your surgery or procedure. You may be instructed NOT to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery and no...

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4 Key Components In Developing a Successful ASC

February 16, 2017

There are many variables in the development of an ambulatory surgery center; however, these four components are critical to consider in the early stages of ASC development. Developing a Successful ASC Chart 3

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10 Key Suggestions When Adding New Partners to Your ASC

February 2, 2017

Looking to add new partners to your center? Check out these tips on how to find the perfect addition.

  1. Existing partners buy-in. Existing partners need to be active and eager participants in the process. They need to understand the value of new partners and be ready to accommodate new partners- both personally and by adjusting their schedules if needed. A decision to ad...

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Reduce Credentialing Craziness with these Ten Tips

January 13, 2017

Want to feel like you have your credentialing under control? Use these 10 tips to make credentialing a breeze.

  1. Maintain a template application to easily prepare the credentialing application. Incorporate drop down selection when needed. Personalize the application to the applicant by including their name and only the applicable forms.
  2. Provide the a...

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5 Ways ASCs Can Cut Costs: From Larry Taylor, CEO of Practice Partners in Healthcare

November 15, 2016

Larry Taylor, president and CEO of Practice Partners in Healthcare in Birmingham, Ala., points to five ways ambulatory surgery centers can cut costs. 1. Revisit implant discounts. Reevaluate surgical implant discounts on a regular basis. Ask for price breaks, reminding the implant company that lower prices can translate into higher case volume and thus increase its business. "One key strategy i...

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10 Key Areas for CMS Deemed Status Accreditation of Surgery Centers

March 25, 2016

"In preparation for deemed status accreditation of surgery centers for Medicare or Medicaid programs, your surgery center must comply with the Medicare Conditions for Coverage (CfC) requirements set forth in the ASC federal regulations (Title 42 CFR 416 Subparts A - C). Your ASC can achieve this status by participating in a Medicare deemed status accreditation survey

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