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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
Rethinking Ambulatory Cardiovascular Strategy: Part One – The Big Picture
As inpatients convert to outpatients, regulatory and reimbursement pressures have continued to mount to negatively impact reimbursement and utilization. We are not suggesting that hospitals have neglected an appropriate ambulatory strategy – the majority have not! But the pressure keeps mounting and the options that once worked need rethinking.
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Accreditation as Strategy
It is an obligatory practice in the hospital world to obtain enterprise accreditation as a deeming authority for Medicare certification. Thus, there is a direct linkage between accreditation and reimbursement, and a simple and direct relationship impacting financial performance. Simply stated, get your hospital accredited and certified by Medicare and you can accept their patients, bill and be paid for your services.