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Projected Growth of Cataract Surgery in 2022

Prepare your OR for higher capacity.

2022 is poised to be a busy year for ophthalmologists. The number of cataract cases in the U.S. sees a compound annual growth rate of roughly 3% to 4% due to the aging of our population and increased life expectancy. In addition to these normal trends, there is still a sizable number of cases that are caught in the backlog from the 2020-2021 pandemic.

Preparing to facilitate larger surgery days will position your facility for increased revenue. Are you equipped to take on higher volumes of cataract cases in your OR?

Surgical Direct Inc is a capital-free solution that will increase your facility’s capacity for cataract surgery in 2022.

 

Here are 5 ways Surgical Direct helps your facility prepare for higher volume cataract days.

1) Access the latest cataract technology

Partnering with Surgical Direct allows your facility, surgeon, and staff immediate access to the latest cataract and surgical technology. This includes the surgeon’s choice of phaco platform, microscope, and other related equipment. Newer technologies result in shorter procedure times, allowing for increased patient volumes during scheduled block times. Additionally, Surgical Direct is able to outfit multiple operating rooms on surgery day, increasing efficiency.

2) Save Your Capital Dollars

Surgeons gains immediate access to the equipment they want without spending a single dollar from your facility’s capital budget. This is a big roadblock avoided, especially in our current financial landscape! Save all your capital dollars for other specialties that bring more revenue to your facility.

3) Straightforward Per-Case Pricing

Our pricing structure is a ‘per-case pricing’ structure. This means that you are only billed when you use our services, and there are no contractual obligations when your surgeon doesn’t have any cases. This reduces financial risk for the facility and offers an immediate positive revenue stream from cataracts.

4) Case Supply Relief (Lenses, Disposables, + Specialty Items)

In addition to equipment provisions, our Mobile Cataract Service provides your facility with extensive case supplies, custom tailored to your facility and surgeon. 

  • Lenses: We work directly with the surgeon’s office for surgery day lens picks. We then bring all the lenses for the day with us, including a full back-up consignment in case there are any last minute changes. This includes specialty, premium, and backup lenses. Plus, the facility no longer must manage lens consignments. We’ve got the day fully covered!
  • Disposables: We compile preferences into custom supply lists for each surgeon including blades, cannulas, viscoelastics, BSS, and other disposables. We pack plenty of supplies for the day’s case volume, plus plenty of extras for unforeseen drops or contaminations. 
  • Specialty Items: Including regular case supplies, we stock and carry specialty items on an as-needed basis. Items like Vitrectors, Malyugin Rings, Iris Hooks, MIGS, and more!

Allowing us to supply all of these items to your facility dramatically reduces your in-house inventory load, reducing your POs to just 1 for ophthalmology.

5) In-Room Support

Along with all the equipment and supplies comes a thoroughly trained Surgical Direct representative that shows up ready to assist the surgeon and staff on every case! We call them our Cataract Coordinators. Our coordinators go through an extensive 90 day training period and most have years of experience. Our coordinators meticulously and carefully pack all equipment, supplies, and lenses, arrive at your facility early to prime and stage the equipment, and then provide in-room support for every case. From helping the surgeon with equipment settings, to sterile field opening, to taking out the trash….our coordinators don’t just stand around. They HELP the day go by efficiency and safely.

Can you envision a smoother, less stressful, and lower risk way of doing cataract surgery? Increase your OR’s capacity with Surgical Direct.

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Surgical Direct is the partnership that you’ve been looking for. 

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Mobile Cataract Service + MIGS

Are you an Ophthalmologist looking for partnerships to grow your practice and eliminate some of the logistical barriers that are in the way?

Just in case we haven’t had the chance to meet, we are Surgical Direct Inc, a mobile cataract outsourcing service that delivers cataract technology and supplies to your OR on surgery day. We create opportunities by eliminating capital expense and inventory management, allowing facilities to allocate their funds and time elsewhere. For surgeons, this means you are able to use whatever technology you prefer, on demand.

Regardless of location, we create stable operating environments for surgeons to be able to use the technology and supplies they want.

    • Our phaco systems and microscopes are programmed with your settings.
    • Our supply lists are tailored to your liking.
    • Our lens picks are directly coordinated with your office to ensure accuracy and ample backups are on hand.
    • Our techs are second-to-none in the industry: Programming equipment settings, taking out the trash, and highly trained with supportive ‘can-do’ attitudes.

Surgeons who use our mobile cataract service are also able to request MIGS technology for any case as an add-on item. This includes access to Hydrus® Microstent from Ivantis and iStent inject® from Glaukos.

MicroInvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) in tandem with cataract surgery is growing in popularity (if patient criteria matches) due to the minimal difference in post-operative care, while providing improved management of IOP issues in glaucoma patients. Our service partnership makes add-on items like MIGS simple and efficient.

Plus, in the current economic landscape, add-on procedures like MIGS offer benefits for surgeons to be able to help their patients manage their glaucoma, reduce extra post-op needs, and increase their reimbursement rates.

Easy MIGS access is just one of the many benefits of working with Surgical Direct. We also support our clients by providing YAG lasers, SLT lasers, and our Mobile Retina Services.

Our aim is to help our surgeons achieve the best surgical results possible by supplying the equipment and supplies they need when they need it.

To learn more about what it’s like to work with Surgical Direct, contact us below or request a FREE Demo Day.

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A Partnership Committed to Safety

You need an outsourcing partner that is committed to providing dependable, timely, and safe service to your OR in a day where safety is vitally important.

In case we haven’t met yet, Surgical Direct provides an outsourcing partnership to Ophthalmologists and OR facilities by providing all the equipment needed for cataract surgery at no capital expense. Along with the latest technology in Ophthalmic Microscopes and Phaco Machines, we handle a large portion of the supply demand that comes with cataract surgery. We provide ancillary disposables like blades, drapes, viscoelastics, cannulas, and more…tailored to the surgeon’s preference. We also supply full lens consignments and coordinate surgery day lens-picks directly with our surgeons. This includes primary, secondary, and premium lenses.

In short, we take the capital out of fully outfitting your OR for cataract surgery, while providing hands-on support for every cataract case in your center.

In the current medical landscape, it’s vitally important to have alternative options and partnerships that reduce barriers and increase efficiency (both financially and practically). Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service does just that.

It’s equally important today to be highly “Safe Conscious” during the ongoing situation with COVID-19 in our communities and medical facilities.

Surgical Direct is serious about our role to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when we provide service to our partners.

  1. All CDC guidelines are being adhered to by our team with no exception, including social-distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitizing.
  2. All Equipment is disinfected upon arrival and dismissal from each facility.
  3. Employees are to stay home if they or a family member show any symptoms.
  4. Employees are to let management know if they have had a positive exposure, even if they are not experiencing symptoms, and follow CDC guidelines for isolation immediately.
  5. Employees are required to take their temperature before leaving the office to go out on call and record that information in our logbook.

In addition to our direct role in your facility, we are actively cleaning and disinfecting our office, warehouse, and supply arrivals daily.

We are committed to the safety of our communities and each facility that we partner with.

For more information about our services, contact us today to discuss. We are ready to serve!

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Satellite Cataract Surgery Boost

Is your ophthalmic practice looking for new ways to increase revenue in 2020 and beyond?

Satellite Cataract Surgery can offer a revenue boost for your practice and allows access into new markets of case potential that you did not have before. However, starting satellite surgery entails ample setup and administration before your first case. Ongoing management of satellite operations may also present unique and time-consuming challenges that differ from traditional practice. Some surgeons have the desire to establish satellite surgery because of the potential revenue stream, but are deterred by the startup details.

Surgical Direct’s satellite surgery program takes care of the legwork associated with getting established in a new satellite location. In addition, we manage many of the ongoing surgical details associated with the account. In short, we make it much simpler for our surgeons to start a satellite surgery in new markets.

Here’s how we do that:

1) Finding Your Satellite Market

The first step is picking a market to satellite. In initial conversations, we will help you determine which location is best for you. Alternatively, approaching our team with a desired target market is welcome. Once we know the general area, we can begin making calls.

2) Finding Referrals

A big piece of the satellite surgery puzzle is a healthy referral relationship. Often times, we already have connections with referring OD practices in the area that we can connect you with. If we do not have any previous connections, we will do the legwork in finding some.

3) Finding An OR

Next, we will take inventory of our connections with hospitals and ASCs we may already have in the area and start making some calls. Similar to referrals, we may already have a center that is interested in an extra day of cases that just needs a surgeon. If we don’t have pre-existing connections in the area, we will find some. We connect the dots for you.

4) Outfitting The OR

Once the previous steps are confirmed, Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service will step in and outfit the OR with the equipment you need to operate comfortably. Select the Phaco system and microscope you want and we’ll provide it at no capital expense to the facility.

5) Ongoing Surgery-Day Partnership

Not only will we supply the technology you are comfortable operating with, but we also supply surgeon-selected ancillary supplies, lens picks, and backups for your cases. Our team works directly with your office on acquiring accurate lens picks for each surgery day, ensuring that you have what you need for every case. Read more about our provisions here.

Surgical Direct is the partner you have been looking for when it comes to satellite cataract surgery. Our mission is to create a more seamless cataract surgery experience and open the doors to new opportunities for your practice.

Have questions?

Click or call today to get a conversation in motion about Satellite Cataract Services with Surgical Direct.

Partnership is the way forward. Partner with us!

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Now Is The Time To Start Outsourcing Cataracts

Being strategic with how you manage your OR is crucial in the current season. It’s that much more important to save your capital dollars for specialties that will be most beneficial to your revenue growth. That is why we believe right now might be one of the best times to consider Mobile Cataract Services with Surgical Direct Inc.

Why? Well, there are numerous benefits! Let’s look at some scenarios…

“Our OR currently does not facilitate Cataract Surgery. Getting started seems overwhelming.”

Adding cataract surgery to your OR can bring a new stream of revenue and put your staff back to work, which we all know right now (because of COVID-19) that everything helps! Many facilities who have a desire to branch into new specialties face common problems like:

  1.  “We don’t have the capital to purchase a phaco & microscope and the surgeon wants the latest technology.”
  2. “All the details of getting started feels overwhelming, from inventory, equipment, and staff training.”
  3. “We would love to branch into ophthalmology, but we don’t have a surgeon relationship yet and don’t have time or the network to get started.”

Cataract outsourcing with Surgical Direct will help in all three of these areas. We provide the latest equipment (whichever phaco & microscope the surgeon wants to use) directly to your OR without spending a dime of capital. Along with the equipment, we bring trays, packs, disposable supplies, and implants (tailored to the surgeon’s request) so your inventory stress is alleviated! On top of that, our technicians (who come every surgery day and provide hands-on support throughout the day) are trained and experienced in everything associated with cataract surgery. Leaning on their experience helps relieve the tension of the day.

Don’t have a surgeon relationship yet? Our established network in the ophthalmology world can be of use. All you need to do is let us know that you are interested in getting started with cataracts, and we’ll do the legwork of looking for a surgeon that wants to operate in your area.

But maybe you are reading this and already host cataract surgery?

“We already facilitate cataracts. Why start outsourcing now?”

 

Using Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service comes with big benefits for facilities already managing a cataract program.

  1. Upgrading your phaco & microscope can happen immediately, with no capital costs.
  2. Equipment flexibility (allowing the surgeon to change and try new technology easily, or multiple surgeons that are able to use different systems from each other)
  3. In-house inventory of cataract disposable supplies and IOL implants can be decreased dramatically (or even eliminated), allowing your team’s time and focus to go elsewhere. We take over inventory and ordering of supplies and lenses completely.
  4. Multi-room capacity upgrades! Jump from 1 room days to 2 room days. We simply bring more equipment, and your day’s capacity just doubled.
  5. No Maintenance Costs. We maintain our equipment according to manufacturer guidelines and PM schedules.
  6. Extra Hands. Our technicians jump in wherever they can from assisting the surgeon with settings, to helping with room turnover so the day runs as smoothly as possible.

For 20 years, Surgical Direct Inc has been perfecting cataract surgery support operations across the country. Our Mobile Cataract Service model allows your facility to pivot from high-focused and time-consuming admin operations, to a tested, trusted, hands-off approach of hosting cataract surgery in your facility.

Contact us today to learn just how easy it is to get started.

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Adding Ophthalmology To Your OR

Diversifying your OR with multiple physician specialties is a great way to increase your revenue and revenue sources. However, you may be reading this and already know that ophthalmology is not the most lucrative specialty for your OR.

Read the following article that highlights the top 10 physician specialties that generate the most revenue for hospitals. Note that ophthalmology is NOT in the top 10 list. So why are we bringing it up?

Adding Ophthalmology to your OR is a great way to increase billable OR time.

 

Offering ophthalmology (especially cataract surgery) in your OR can bring great benefits. Cataract cases are generally quick, and a good surgeon can bring upwards of 10-20 cases per day to your OR. This can help stabilize downtime in your facility and increase billable OR time dramatically.

The caveat (that you probably gathered from the above-linked article) is that ophthalmic cases are not the most lucrative cases when compared to other specialties like Ortho. A big factor in this truth is the expense of all the nuanced equipment and supplies needed for ophthalmic cases.

However, adding ophthalmic cases to your OR with the help of Surgical Direct offsets your startup costs dramatically, allowing your cases to generate revenue for your OR from day 1. Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service allows you to be fully up and running for cataract surgery with no capital expenditure.

The current financial landscape requires all of us to be creative and intentional about adding revenue sources to make up for the dramatic loss the healthcare system has sustained from COVID-19.

Right now might be a really good time to explore the possibility of adding ophthalmic specialty cases to your OR to help fill up your surgery schedule and get back to work.

So why work with Surgical Direct and what are the benefits?

We are so glad you asked!

The number 1 reason why it’s beneficial to work with Surgical Direct?

We create the opportunity for you to add eye cases to your OR without spending a dollar in capital (seriously, save it for more lucrative specialties!). Plus we provide outstanding in-room support for every case!

For 20 years, Surgical Direct Inc has been perfecting cataract surgery support operations. We provide stability, service, and efficiency to your OR with per-case pricing and the flexibility to use what you want, when you need it. This includes:

  • New Phaco Systems (Like Alcon Centurion, B&L Stellaris, and J&J Signature Pro)
  • Ophthalmic Microscopes (Like Alcon LX3 & Zeiss Lumera)
  • Ample Instrument Trays (Enough to keep your day moving & meet state sterilization guidelines)
  • Case Supply Management (Drapes, blades, cannulas, and bss)
  • IOL Consignment Management (Including premium & backup lenses)
  • As-Needed Supply Requests (Malyugin Rings, CTRs, and Vitrectors)
  • Quality On-Demand Support (In-room help with the equipment and turnover on every case)
  • And so much more…

Now is a great time to start the dialogue about an upgraded cataract program with Surgical Direct. Contact our team today for more information.

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