Ambulatory Surgical Care
Ambulatory surgical care currently accounts for $209 billion, or 8% of domestic healthcare spending. It is a sector that is experiencing one of the fastest rates of growth, and there are significant opportunities to reduce costs and improve patient experience.
Opportunities for savings
A conservative estimate of national savings from full implementation of the CERC surgical model is $45 billion per year in direct healthcare spending by the end of year five, or 21% of annual domestic spending on outpatient surgical care.
Safely reducing annual per capita spending for ambulatory surgery
The key elements of the model include:
- Reduction of the volume of surgeries, targeting overuse, through the routine use of patient decision aids, provider clinical decision support, and primary care provider case coaching
- Resetting the location of the majority of elective ambulatory surgery to free-standing ambulatory surgical centers operating with expanded hours (18 hours a day/7 days a week)
- Standardizing processes through the implementation of coordinated transitions, homogenized inputs, and streamlined operations