USPI's cardiology strategy: 3 things to know

 Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's ASC chain, United Surgical Partners International, is looking to cardiology to drive growth, according to a July 31 earnings call transcribed by Seeking Alpha

Here are three things to know: 

1. USPI is "attuned to the cardiovascular market in the ASC setting," Tenet CEO Saum Sutaria, MD, said. USPI is performing peripheral and device-based work in ASC settings, as well as some types of coronary vascular work.

2. USPI is being cautious about how quickly the market is expanding, Dr. Sutaria said, and is focusing on patient safety as these procedures move outpatient.  

3. "ASCs are small businesses, and a single patient error and associated liability can really do a lot of damage there," he said. "So we're very careful and cautious about developing the right set of protocols in that environment if we're going to expand into cardiovascular in a more broad way."

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