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W hen our sur- gery center launched its joint replace- ment pro- gram in 2017, we were the first freestanding ASC in Mass- achusetts to offer the procedures. Since then, interest in our pro- gram has grown among local sur- geons and case volumes have steadily increased. This year, despite being shut down for sev- eral weeks during the COVID-19 outbreak, we'll perform between 100 and 150 procedures. We expect those numbers to contin- ue to climb as more surgeons, insurers and patients learn more about the clinical and business benefits of sending joint replace- ment patients home the day of surgery. If you're thinking about taking part in the national move- ment of joint replacement cases to outpatient ORs, your answers to these key questions will deter- mine if your facility is prepared to add the procedures. Can you partner with the right surgeons? Laying the foundation for success in outpatient total joints begins with working with interested sur- geons who are committed to per- forming cases efficiently and have a proven track record of safety. The surgeons you partner with must also be willing to maintain a constant line of communication 2 8 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 2 0 Should You Add Total Joints? There's plenty of growth potential if you're prepared to meet the challenges of launching a program. Gregory P. DeConciliis, PA-C, CASC I Waltham, Mass. HANDS ON Skilled surgeons must be actively involved in the entire episode of care to ensure patients are prepared for same-day discharge and optimal outcomes. Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites

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