Hospital systems (both 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 COVID-19. Outpatient procedures were shut down altogether for months. Certain states have reopened 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 as compared to any other specialty, seeing an 81% drop since 2019 (according to eyewire.news).
Cataract Surgery in particular has dropped 97% in procedure volume. This is largely due to the restrictions in effect for elective surgeries and COVID precautionary measures. Likewise, 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 COVID-19 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 major growth in elective surgery cases, while simultaneously experiencing strict spending restrictions due to the preceding months of low revenue. 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 everything is working safely and efficiently at all times.
3) Eliminate inventory management costs.
Our Mobile Cataract Services include disposable supplies 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 rooms (or even 3) with no capital expense, allowing 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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