SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A collaborative surgical hospitalist program can build hospital/physician alignment throughout the facility, achieving the goals of standardized quality care, improved patient outcomes, decreased complications, reduced length of stay and lowered costs, according to an article published in the inaugural issue of Management in Healthcare, a peer-reviewed journal to be published quarterly. The article looks at the challenges to achieving standardized care for emergency surgeries, describes the new acute care surgery model, examines the research on its results and outlines how these results will impact the overall hospital performance.
“We know that hospitals are facing incredible pressures of pay-for-performance, accountable care and population health management today,” said Leon J. Owens, M.D., FACS, author of the article and CEO of Surgical Affiliates Management Group. “This article examines how, through the implementation of the service model developed for trauma and applied to emergency surgeries, it is possible for a hospital’s most at-risk patient groups to receive standardized care according to best practices and practice management guidelines 24/7. This model ensures high-quality care and better performance outcomes for the hospital. Additionally, continuous quality improvement initiatives touch multiple hospital departments, raising the bar on performance throughout the facility.”
The new model for acute care surgery, also referred to as surgicalist programs, can help hospitals achieve results, as well as enhance hospitals’ competitive position. Metrics show that a well-structured surgical hospitalist program can improve patient outcomes and improve costs. For example, a July 2014 paper in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons highlighted how a surgical hospitalist program produced sustainable results, including a 31% reduction in hospital costs and complications declined by 43%.
To read the article, “Achieving hospital/physician alignment and standardised care for emergency surgery: The new model for acute care surgery,” please visit the Surgical Affiliates’ website at: http://www.samgi.com/news-type/in-the-media/
About Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Inc.
Surgical Affiliates Management Group is the first and only surgical hospitalist company with published, proven results that its programs improve patient care, lower costs, reduce readmissions and enhance hospital throughput. Surgical Affiliates’ System of Care© is a permanent solution to the challenge of providing integrated, 24/7 hospital-based surgical teams and one that raises the level of hospital performance across the board, preparing these facilities for the world of pay-for-performance and accountable care models. Surgical Affiliates provides trauma, orthopedic and acute care surgery programs in hospitals ranging from rural facilities to large community hospitals to multi-hospital systems. For more information, visit the Surgical Affiliates website at http://samgi.com.