Patients at hospital outpatient clinics are typically poorer and sicker than those at ambulatory surgery centers. Why does that matter? Because Medicare pays different rates for surgical care between the two settings, with hospitals receiving higher rates.
Because many non-acute facilities lack a supply chain manager on staff, nurses take on procurement tasks. That means instead of spending their time delivering care, they’re checking inventory and ordering products, which can turn into a full-time job. Facilities are better served by hiring a person to fill this role or outsourcing it to a group purchasing organization.
What type of patient is most likely to walk into your facility? This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) captures the demographics of patients visiting physician offices and other healthcare professionals in the U.S., and why they’re visiting.
Millennials are now the largest demographic group in the U.S. Their buying power and preferences are significantly affecting healthcare, which is causing some primary care physicians to change how they engage with patients to meet their needs. See what millennials like and don’t like about the current state of healthcare.
Facilities that offer treatment for behavioral issues or addiction use many of the same products and services as traditional non-acute facilities, but they don’t have as high of a spend on med-surg products. GPOs can tap new business by meeting the specialized needs of these facilities—like having products on contract that can’t pose a risk of self-harm—and understanding these facilities’ pain points.
Physician offices can treat the more than 50 million Americans with allergies instead of referring them to specialists. Patients prefer to receive allergy services from their primary care physician, and clinics can bring in tens of thousands of dollars in additional revenue. See what’s involved in setting up an in-house allergy service.
Faced with reimbursement challenges, fiscally savvy physician practices should consider untapped opportunities to improve their bottom line. With careful planning and implementation, adding ancillary services such as weight loss/dietary services, diabetes education, physical/massage therapy or allergy therapy can improve profits and enhance patient care.
The faster long-term care facilities can turn over rooms between patients—without compromising infection prevention—the better it is for the provider and for patient care. See what’s involved in turning a room, regulations and best practices to consider, the timeframe, costs, technologies and processes to help prevent infections and illnesses.
Medical offices are changing. They’ve experienced huge technology shifts, such as moving from paper files to electronic health records (EHRs) and using virtual assistants and artificial intelligence-enabled devices that turn medical conversations into medical intelligence. Within the next five years, new technologies will continue to transform physician offices. See how.