At The Scope, we believe physicians and patients deserve more control over their place in healthcare. Join us for conversations on how the industry can move toward a better future for all.
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.
How Office-Based Surgical Suites Target The Quadruple Aim
The Quadruple Aim provides a framework for optimizing the healthcare system, and office-based procedures play a critical role in creating a structure that works better for patients, providers, and payers.
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.
Increasing Access to Healthcare
What kind of healthcare access do we want for our future? As Ambulatory Management Solutions Chief Clinical Officer Heather Fallon, RN points out, access expands when we look beyond hospitals to offices, clinics, and “big box” facilities that provide an equal quality of care with added convenience for patients and providers at a fraction of the cost to the healthcare system.
Patient Safety Comes First
No matter where your medical procedure is undertaken, safety should always be priority number one. As Dr. David Mayer, Executive Director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety explains, with procedures continuing to migrate out of hospitals, we’re seeing ambulatory facilities, from ASCs to physician offices, following strict, agreed-upon approaches to infection prevention, procedure prep, and recovery and proving equally-safe, often at a fraction of the cost.
The Importance of Cost Transparency
Patients, physicians, and payers all benefit from cost transparency in healthcare, so why is it elusive? Ambulatory Management Solutions COO Tina Mentz breaks down exactly how making patients aware of their options translates to real savings for the overall healthcare system.
Having the Option of an In-Office Procedure can be Life-Changing for a Patient
The opportunity for Katie Crawford to undergo endoscopies in her physician’s office saved her not only trips to the hospital but a lifetime of medication as well.
How One Independent Physician Took Back Control of her Career
Gastroenterologist Tara Troy, MD, found cumbersome administration issues in hospitals, from scheduling to equipment access, hindered her ability to practice medicine her way.
COVID-19 permanently changed healthcare for patients, physicians, facilities, and payers alike
Supporting the care of all patients’ needs, in the right setting at the right time, presents a true shift towards value-based care in the U.S.
How the Third Site of Service will Advance the Healthcare Industry
Minimally-invasive procedures save our healthcare system a significant amount of money each year while making access to preventative care easier than ever before.
How will Patients Access their Healthcare in the Future
Through technology and advances in treatment, healthcare is pivoting to meet the needs of our population, removing traditional barriers, and expanding how we interface with physicians, caregivers, and other providers.
Performing Procedures in Your Office is Possible
In offices and clinics across the country, physicians are realizing the benefits and savings that come with safely moving minimally-invasive procedures into their own space.
What is it Going to Take to Disrupt Healthcare?
More than ever, patients have a voice in shaping the future of healthcare. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, needed advances, such as telehealth, have been quickly proven viable.
Where the Independent Physician has an Advantage Against Healthcare Giants
Though independent physicians face serious challenges, but the flexibility and adaptability they possess give them a distinct advantage over rigid health systems.
Procedure Suites Revolutionize Access to Preventative Care
Preventative care is a critical part of the value-based equation. Clinic and in-office procedural suites make this level of care more convenient and cost-effective, easing the path to prevention for millions of Americans.
How Value-Based Care Evolved and Where We See this Model Today
By leveraging data and technology in new or different ways, the value-based care model can ensure quality care can be delivered at a substantially lower cost.
Where Can We Take Value-Based Care from Here?
A wholesale shift in operational systems, from government, payers, and providers, is needed to support and encourage the value-based care model that works for all patients.