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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