Each project is customized to meet the needs of your ASC. Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can provide some or all of the following perioperative program assistance. Additionally, the Sullivan Team offers implementation support for the services below.
The Emergence of High-Quality, Cost-Effective Surgical Alternatives Nationwide
Ambulatory Surgery Centers (both freestanding and hospital outpatient department based) have transformed the outpatient surgery experience by providing a convenient alternative to hospital-based procedures. ASCs are focused on ensuring quality care and convenience for the patient while providing a great surgical experience.
Sullivan’s Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants have partnered with many hospitals and surgeons in developing and managing their ASCs. Our projects have ranged from single-room-physician-based to multi-specialty joint ventures.
An assessment of the feasibility of your ASC
When thinking of building an Ambulatory Surgery Center, it is imperative to conduct a feasibility assessment to determine what type of facility and services should be provided. In order to do this, Sullivan conducts geographic market research and identifies area competitors to determine the likelihood for success.
Included in the ASC feasibility assessment:
Evaluating potential locations
Estimating land costs
Evaluating rent if purchasing a building
Determining CON requirements
Selection of architects and construction companies
Determination of potential case mix and surgeon partners
We also will develop a proforma identifying costs and projected revenue based on the case-mix of the procedures and location of the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
A detailed engagement that can help you build your ASC
Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can start at the beginning of your project with potential site evaluations, selection of the architect and design firm and review all schematic floor plan designs.
Our experts provide:
A comprehensive equipment list
Negotiate with vendors to achieve the best pricing
Meet with individual surgeons to determine their needs and requests
Work with instrument vendors to ensure all required supplies are ready for opening day
Additionally, our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can place a team on site for the first1- 4 months after the opening of the ASC to assist with any building, equipment and clinical flow issues that may arise.
A broad assessment of the clinical and operational elements of your ASC
Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can develop clinical work-flows based on the design of the facility, ensuring the most efficient use of space and time.
In addition, our team can develop or review:
Hours of operations
Pre-anesthesia screening program
Day of surgery process
Infection control program
Quality and risk programs
Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can also provide a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that are customized to include state-specific regulations.
Revenue Cycle Management
Expert assistance with the Revenue Cycle of your ASC
The goal of an Ambulatory Surgery Center is to prove quality care in a cost-efficient manner. In order to do so, your revenue cycle process is key. Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can provide skilled staff who will set up your complete business office.
Our Ambulatory Surgery Center Consultants can assist with:
Loading all files to bill patients
Performing insurance verification
Managing all billing and collections
Providing monthly financial reports
Negotiating all contracts with payers
Assisting with the selection and implementation of an IT system
Assistance ensuring that your ASC is survey ready
Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants have assisted many ACSs to successfully complete AAAHC, Medicare Deemed Status and The Joint Commission surveys without obtaining any deficiencies.
You can expect our experts to provide a two-day survey to review the facility and prepare the staff for their upcoming survey. The mock survey will identify any possible areas of concern that need to be corrected prior to the official survey day. A detailed report will then be provided at the end of the two-day mock survey. Our Team can provide assistance with implementing all the recommendations resulting from the mock survey.
Licensing & Certification
Assistance with licensing and certification of your ASC
Licensing and certification of an Ambulatory Surgery Center can be very confusing with multiple varying timelines and a significant amount of required documentation. Sullivan Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can prepare all required state and local licensure applications including facility license, Medicare application and pharmacy license.
We will be on-site during all surveys to support the staff through the process. Prior to all inspections, mock surveys will be conducted to ensure that both the facility and staff are fully prepared. Our Ambulatory Surgery Center consultants can oversee the credentialing process and guarantee compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies.
Key Elements of a Comprehensive Surgical Screening Program
Building an efficient pre-anesthesia surgical screening program can eliminate unnecessary preoperative testing, while reducing the number of weekly case cancellations.
SPD Success Story
At one Sullivan Client Hospital, sterile processing was such an issue that the facility’s leadership felt they had to cut the number of surgical cases for a month just to work on improving it.
Improving Hospital Outpatient Departments and ASCs
Since outpatient surgical facilities have a lower risk of infection and provide quality care at a lower price, it’s no wonder they continue to grow in popularity.