3 things to know when taking cases outpatient

As more cases migrate to the outpatient setting, there are a few nuances to keep in mind, according to healthcare technology company Change Healthcare.

Three things to know:

1. Logistics of shifting procedures. Considering the financial, operational and quality ramifications is important when taking cases outpatient. Figuring out reimbursement, developing care pathways and preparing for surgical complications are essential steps to taking cases outpatient.

2. Establishing patient selection criteria. While outpatient surgery is a lucrative business decision for health systems, it's not right for every patient. Establishing criteria based on a patient's comorbidities, the procedure type and the patient's motivation and recovery support system is essential when taking cases outpatient.

3. What to expect. More cases will shift to the outpatient setting as patient expectations change and value-based care takes hold.

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