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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2018

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by 700%. By that time, the number of patients who want their hips replaced should jump by 200%. Plus, CMS has removed total knees from the inpatient- only list after finally recognizing that per- forming joint replacements in out- patient facilities is appropriate, safe and cost effective. CMS won't yet pay for knee arthroscopies done in surgery centers, but a change to that policy seems inevitable. Outpatient total hips, shoulders and ankles are also likely to get the CMS stamp of approval, so your facili- ty should be ready to capitalize on the number of cases Medicare patients will add to the market. It clearly makes good clinical and financial sense to outfit your ambulatory ORs for total joints. The question is: How quickly can you get them ready? Best laid plans A group of orthopedic surgeons in North Carolina monitored the movement of total joints to outpatient facilities as they were planning to build the Surgical Center of Greensboro. The $20 million, 13-OR facility, which opened its doors last year and stands at 60,000 square feet, consolidated surgical services from 2 nearby facilities that were more than 20 years old. 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 8 • COST CONTROL Look for deals on big-ticket items such as C-arms and specialty tables, but you can also save big by standardizing implants and instrumentation.

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