Thinking about Office-Based Cataract Surgery?

Office-Based Surgery (OBS) has seen a rapid spike in interest since the Covid-19 pandemic halted elective surgeries in 2020. Ophthalmologists are among the interested, in fact, many have been beginning to take steps to pursue OBS for cataracts, not only because of Covid-19, but due to the cost-effectiveness, seamless patient care, and full control over the surgical experience.

Covid-19 has created an interesting situation for medical facilities, who now have to adhere to increased safety regulations and policies (as they should to keep public health safe). Managing social distancing and patient flow can be complex in these environments. Especially in the context of elective surgery, having another surgical alternative, both for safety reasons and convenience, may hold great benefits.

OBS offers great benefits to surgeons by offering safety and convenience to the surgeon, reduced anesthesia utilization, and higher retention of surgical fees within the practice. Ophthalmologists will not be able to fully move away from ASC (or Hospital) surgery as some cases will require additional monitoring, etc. But for a healthy percentage of cases in most practice demographics, OBS for cataracts is now a very attractive option.

Here’s a great article from Ophthalmology Management, discussing the many facets of OBS for cataracts, comparisons to ASC surgery, and more…

Surgical Direct Inc can help office-based cataract surgery become a reality for your practice.

Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Services allows you to gain access to today’s latest technology without investing in upfront capital. We provide a wide selection of phaco platforms, ophthalmic microscopes, ancillary supplies, lens consignments, and highly-trained hands-on support for every case you operate with us.

Working with us…

  1. Eliminates capital budget expenses on cataract equipment
  2. Increases your technology flexibility (switch or upgrade platforms easily)
  3. Eliminates maintenance costs
  4. Reduces in-house inventory management for surgical supplies (we bring it all)
  5. Allows access to any lens you need (we’ll handle the consignments)
  6. Increases the level of support you have during surgery (our technicians provide high-quality support, assisting surgeons with equipment settings and your staff with room turnover.)

OBS isn’t right for everyone, but if you are considering pursuing office-based cataract surgery, we are the partnership that you’ve been looking for.

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The SDI Upgrade Program: Infiniti to Centurion

Are you a cataract surgeon that is still operating with the Alcon Infiniti?

Are you an OR administrator that would like to upgrade your surgeons from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion?

Upgrading from Infiniti to Centurion has substantial benefits in technology and safety enhancements, including state of the art cutting technology, fluidics, and an intuitive user interface.

The Alcon Centurion brings all the familiarity of the Infiniti with it (making you feel comfortable and familiar when operating), but with significantly more power, safety, and automation.

Some time ago, we wrote about the differences between Infiniti and Centurion and why anyone should consider upgrading. We went into the main differences in (1) Fluidics, (2) Energy, and (3) Practicality between the 2 machines.

In case you missed that article, read it here: Why upgrade from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion?

It doesn’t take long to see and feel the benefits of upgrading. Most surgeons are hooked once they have given it a try. And the number one reason we’ve encountered surgeons and facilities hesitant to upgrade is because of capital limitations.

At Surgical Direct, we’ve transitioned dozens of surgeons and facilities and from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion without any capital expenditure.

The SDI Upgrade Program: Infiniti to Centurion.

Our upgrade program makes the transition seamless.

  1. No need to use capital dollars towards the Centurion.
  2. Get transition help from our team, helping surgeons with their settings.
  3. Don’t stress about new tubing or phaco tip inventory. We bring it all with us.
  4. We provide new hand-pieces as needed to cover all sterilization needs.
  5. Save storage space in your facility.
  6. Add a second room! We’ll bring 2 Centurions.

Contact us today to start the discussion about upgrading and find out just how easy it is with Surgical Direct.

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Financial Challenges? Save Your Capital Dollars!

Hospitals and healthcare networks all across the country are making the hard decision to downsize and let go of staff in direct response to the financial hardship that COVID19 has brought to our healthcare system.

This article from Becker’s Hospital Review is both sad and sobering, but it’s also the real pulse of what we are facing nationwide.

Administrators and key-decision makers now have to navigate these challenges, making hard/strategic decisions to keep their facilities open and in the black. Capital budgets are likely suspended for the foreseeable future, especially in smaller (revenue) specialties like Ophthalmology.

Upgrading equipment is likely not an option right now.

Getting started in a new speciality is likely not an option either due to up-front costs.

We have some good news for you!

Have you considered outsourcing?

Save your Capital! Outsource and upgrade your cataract equipment with Surgical Direct.

 

Already facilitate cataract surgery in your facility? 

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct has multiple benefits.

  • Upgrade your equipment now (Phaco, microscopes, and more). No capital needed!
  • Keep your surgeons happy (or attract more surgeons to your facility) with the latest technology available.
  • Eliminate those costly maintenance plans.
  • Save admin time and inventory costs associated with cataract surgical supplies (including IOL implants).
  • Access top-level support from our technicians for every case, increasing your surgery day productivity and eliminating stress relating to equipment failure.

 

Not currently facilitating cataract surgery in your facility? 

Are you interested in a new revenue stream?

Starting an outsourcing relationship with Surgical Direct is a fast track to a new revenue stream in your OR.

  • We offer an easy (low-risk) way to get cataract surgery started in your facility with no capital expense.
  • We take care of all the equipment setup, fully outfitting your OR for cataract surgery.
  • We bring the majority of the disposable supplies for surgery (including IOL implants), alleviating the burden on your team to manage new inventory.
  • No need to think about long-term cost and upkeep of equipment.
  • If you do not have a surgeon relationship yet, we’ll do the legwork and connect you with one so cataract surgery in your facility can become a reality.

In our current economy, 2021 has to be thought through very intentionally with smart financial decisions. We firmly believe that outsourcing is a smart financial decision. Together, we can keep (or start) positive momentum in your facility when it comes to cataract surgery.

Click below for a full listing of our services and all that we provide on a typical surgery day.

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Operating Room Cost Management

Hospital systems (small and large) have been freezing capital expenditures and reducing expenses as much as possible across the country. Priorities for OR administrators and decision makers have shifted to conserving cash in any way possible due to the effects of COVID19. Outpatient procedures were shut down altogether for months. Certain states have re-opened elective surgeries, yet some facilities still have restrictions on case volume. Needless to say, it’s been an unprecedented year for healthcare.

Ophthalmology has lost the most volume in 2020 than any other specialty, seeing an 81% volume drop compared to 2019 (according to eyewire.news).

Cataract Surgery in particular has dropped 97% in procedure volume. This is largely due to the restrictions that have been in effect for elective surgeries and COVID precautionary measures in place. In-office patient checkups are at an all time low due to the pandemic. Hardly anyone is going to see their healthcare provider unless it’s an emergency.

As new COVID19 infection rates drop, elective surgeries have started to reopen. The more restrictions are lifted, the more we can expect to see a backlog of elective surgeries begin to flood our ORs. In other words, we may be facing a potential surge in elective surgery across the country.

This creates a unique challenge we’ve never encountered before. On a large scale, hospitals and ASCs will see surges in elective surgery cases, while experiencing strict spending restrictions due to the previous months of record-low revenues. Even if the facility has capital to spend, ophthalmic cases might be the last specialty on the list to acquire new technology or receive any investment.

Outsourcing your cataract equipment is a solution you should be considering.

Surgical Direct offers a perfect partnership model for the current landscape.

1) Access new technology with no capital expense.

We deliver the equipment to your facility on the day of surgery; Phaco machines, microscopes, hand-pieces, lenses, case supplies, and backups.

2) Eliminate your ongoing maintenance costs.

We maintain and repair our equipment directly with the manufacturer, ensuring that our equipment is working safely and efficiently at all times.

3) Eliminate inventory management costs.

Our Mobile Cataract Services include case supply and lenses for each case. Eliminate the time/cost connected to ordering, reordering, stocking, and expiration losses of cataract supplies from your facility.

4) Increase your facility’s surgery day potential.

Increase your cataract days from 1 room to 2 (or even 3) rooms with no capital expense, allowing room for more cases and increased revenue.

This just scratches the surface.

Our goal is to be a service that reduces your overall expense and increases your efficiency in cataract surgery and your level of patient care.

Partnership is the way forward. Partner with us!

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