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may increase as they need more time and decrease if they don't use their time. Emphasize that you'll adjust block times based solely on their actual data, as reported in the monthly utilization report. Draft your block scheduling policy and procedure. To keep your block program running efficiently, you'll need to set rules and boundaries for your surgeons covering such areas as block release and minimum utilization rates. • If a surgeon won't be using some or all of his block, he must notify you 72 hours in advance so that you can release the block and offer the slot to another physician. It'd be best if your scheduling software can automate the 72-hour block release. • Surgeons risk losing their block time if their utilization rate falls below a certain threshold. I'd suggest 60-70% at the outset, with an ultimate utilization goal of 80% or higher. For the first year, assess uti- lization of block time every 3 months. • Surgeons must notify you they will be on vacation or out of town for an extended period so that you can fill their time. Keep 1 OR open. Keep at least 1 room open for add-on cases and for cases you want to flip out to a second room. Open blocks will let you continue to accommodate new surgeons. OSM Ms. Beydler (kathybeydler@bellsouth.net) is the managing partner of Strategic Surgical Solutions in Eads, Tenn. She's also a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. 6 5 J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1

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