Pandemic Possibilities

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many flaws in our healthcare system, but also highlighted how impactful improvements can be made. On the horizon, collaboration between federal, state, and local government entities, payers, providers, and healthcare systems will forge a system rooted in quality delivery and value.

The Best Of The Scope Podcast

The Scope podcast features industry leaders discussing a range of issues in the healthcare space, from value-based care and patient safety to the growth of office-based procedures and innovation.

A Nurse’s Case For Office-Based Surgical Suites

Nurses often put the needs of their patients before themselves, leading to a work-life balance that is askew. For Deandre Datillo, facilitating office-based procedures have given her stable hours, a manageable work load, and the joy of working with patients who feel respected and safe in the knowledge their receiving safe, quality, and convenient care.

What I Don’t Worry About In The Office

Gastroenterologist Dr. Alan Wang safely and reliably delivers quality individualized care to each of his patients. His trusted out-sourced anesthesia provider ensures he is able to efficiently and endoscopies in the office setting, resulting in more comfort and convenience for patients and increased caseloads for his practice.

Convenience is Vital

Quality healthcare doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Dr. Meghan Valach, Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Management Solutions, explains how convenient care can be synonymous with the robust, effective healthcare we all expect. Procedures performed in the office setting offer patients a reasonable expectation that they can receive prompt, on-time care that fits in to their busy schedules.

The Importance of Trust

Spending time with a patient helps an anesthesiologist better understand their needs and often reduces the patient’s stress level, which can understandably be elevated before a procedure. Dr. Heike Knorrp cherishes this time and the valuable connection it creates as patients place their trust in her abilities. Office-based anesthesiology can remove barriers in care and allow physicians, like Dr. Knorrp, to practice rewarding medicine on their own terms.

In-office Procedures: Everyone Wins

Why does Dr. Tara Troy of Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health perform procedures, such as upper endoscopies, in her office? Because she recognizes how the overall value, convenience, cost-savings, and control afforded by office-based procedures is a net positive for her practice, her patients, and the healthcare system at-large.

Transparency is Critical

Patients are often left out of the loop in the healthcare equation, forced to trust an opaque and byzantine system that is less-than forthcoming when it comes to the cost and delivery of care. Scott Mayer, CEO of Ambulatory Management Solutions, explains why many hospitals are reticent to change and the role government can play in bringing about a healthcare structure we all can trust and benefit from.

Side-by-Side: The Physician Experience

Physicians have felt the pain of hospitals for years. Is there another option? Moving certain procedures out of the OR and into physicians’ offices, clinics, and “big box” facilities offers control, convenience, and familiarity that can foster a stronger practice and more satisfied patients.

Side-by-Side: The Patient Experience

It’s a given patients want personalized, accessible, stress-free healthcare. So, how do hospitals stack up against office-based surgical suites? We’re breaking down the myriad benefits that come with having your procedure safely and conveniently performed in your doctor’s office.

A Cure for Physician Burnout

A host of factors, from long hours to unpredictable schedules to a general lack of respect, are pushing healthcare providers out of the field. Dr. Meghan Valach, Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Management Solutions, explains how procedural migration out of hospitals can give physicians and their staff back control of their practices, potentially relieving the pressure physician burnout is putting on an overburdened system.