Geneva, Ill.-based Fox Valley Orthopedic Institute President and orthopedic surgeon Vishal Mehta, MD, shared the secrets behind his practice's total joint replacement program and offered insights into improving overall workflow.
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Question: What's something you've implemented at your center that has seen great results which other ASC administrators could do?
Vishal Mehta: We instituted a total joint program with knees and hips about 18 months ago that has been incredibly successful. Additionally, we started doing total shoulder replacements in the surgery center prior to that by about 2 years. As a sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, I spearheaded that process. To that point, we have recently started using exparel in our interscalene blocks and have seen a dramatic reduction in pain levels after outpatient shoulder surgery though that has been a very recent change.
In addition, we took several steps to improve patient experience at out center. We have:
- Developed a free coffee and snack section.
- Changed the surgery flow by placing fewer complicated cases first, leading to more on schedule case times and shortened patient wait times.
- Changed our cleaning agents which lead to more efficient turnover time.
- Opened a durable medical equipment store for patient convenience.
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