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If you are a hospital executive with responsibility for a relatively low volume cardiac surgery service, you may be considering strategic alternatives to continuing this clinical program. In your decision process, consider these important factors:
Low-volume services frequently struggle to produce high quality and competitive cost outcomes.
Nationally, CABG cases are declining and cardiac valve cases are shifting to higher-volume providers in many markets.
Low surgical volumes do not necessarily correlate directly with the volume of other cardiac procedures such as diagnostic cath, PCI, interventional vascular and CRM device implants.
Hospitals with and without cardiac surgery services can achieve "excellence" status and build thriving programs. There are options.
Evaluate your options by downloading our Low-Volume Cardiac Surgery options whitepaper
Fifth in a Series: “Unwinding” a Low-Volume Cardiac Surgery Program
In our continuing series on low-volume cardiac surgery program issues and strategies, we thought it would be beneficial to present a conceptually simple and straightforward methodology and approach to “unwinding” a program should that be the decision of hospital management and clinicians.
Fourth in a Series: Low-Volume Cardiac Surgery Programs - The Leakage
We have written extensively on the issue of low-volume cardiac surgery and the challenges faced by these programs in today’s competitive environment. There are many options available to these programs to boost their volume, ranging from reinvestment in program development efforts all the way to divestiture or closure if all else fails.