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UC Irvine’s ‘Perioperative Surgical Home’ Improves Clinical Outcomes While Reducing Healthcare Costs
Date:12/6/2013

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 06, 2013

As healthcare costs rise in this country, the University of California, Irvine Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care has initiated an innovative model to reform healthcare from the frontlines that improves the patient experience while simultaneously reducing costs. Approximately 60 percent of a traditional hospital’s expenses are associated with surgical and procedural care. The Perioperative Surgical Home model coordinates a multidisciplinary continuum of care led by the expertise of the anesthesiologist through the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative periods. The new model also relies heavily on evidence-based medicine and novel patient preparedness education.

“We’ve created a hub to centralize all the players in the surgical process into one multidisciplinary team to increase patient satisfaction while driving down recovery times, complications, lengths of stay in the hospital and overall costs,” said Zeev Kain, M.D., professor and chair of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and associate dean of Clinical Operations at the School of Medicine. “This is an excellent example of quality care focused on maximizing our best practices that then have a ripple effect on improving the entire spectrum of surgical and procedural care given to the patient.”

The Perioperative Surgical Home could be likened to a clearinghouse for the anesthesiologists, surgeons and other patient care providers to coordinate and optimize the pre-surgery testing and evaluations of patients. The experts collaborate and draw on this data to determine the safest and most-cost effective implants and pharmaceuticals. This PSH model decreases the number of unnecessary tests and consults that must be performed pre-surgery while reducing the rate of complications after surgery. The end result is reduced hospital length of stay, less complications and readmissions, which equals an ov
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