Ambulatory surgery centers continue to encounter challenges, such as payment delays and staffing shortages, when it comes to maintaining an efficient revenue cycle. The COVID-19 Pandemic made things worse as many non-emergent procedures were postponed or canceled altogether.
Anesthesia is an important element of patient care that can either help or hinder an ASC’s financial stability. We have compiled three important ways that anesthesia departments can contribute to make your center’s revenue cycle more efficient.
Reduce Canceled Cases
Anesthesia scheduling is one of the most significant hurdles in ASCs. If your center is experiencing frequent anesthesia cancellations or rescheduled cases, your revenue cycle likely suffers negative consequences; these include long backlogs, wasted staff time, and decreased patient satisfaction.
Decrease cancellations by working with an anesthesia management company that specializes in staffing and can provide reliable and flexible staffing coverage tailored to your needs. Anesthesia providers who can adjust to your surgery schedules, even at the last minute, allow you to grow your case volume and improve revenue.
Create Patient-Centric Billing Practices
Anesthesia billing can often be difficult for patients to understand. When the billing process for a surgical procedure is unclear, it can lead to patient confusion and late payments, slowing your center’s revenue cycle.
To minimize miscommunication and improve transparency, incorporate a patient education component in your billing system. Provide information that answers patients’ frequently asked questions before a procedure and make billing experts available for fielding further concerns. A patient-centric process for anesthesia billing will lead to higher revenue and patient satisfaction scores for your center.
Professionalize Anesthesia Management
Working with a professional anesthesia management partner helps your center eliminate common revenue cycle problems and achieve greater operational and financial efficiency. When you solve staffing problems, increase daily caseloads, boost patient satisfaction, and accelerate billing and collections, you will see measurable improvements to your center’s bottom line.
Learn how CarePlus’ expert anesthesia services can help your ASC.