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Business Advisor: Lessons Learned From Running a Rural ASC
These best practices apply to surgical administrators everywhere.
Sam McAdams, FACHE
Publish Date: November 18, 2021   |  Tags:   Business Advisor Supply Management Staffing Orthopedics
PROPER PLANNING The team at Sunrise Ambulatory Surgical Center created an ad hoc project team to investigate adding total hips to its joint replacement program and performed the first case in early January 2021 — just days after CMS published its updated Medicare fee schedule.   |   Sam McAdams
“Load up the SUV honey, because we’re moving to Arizona.” That’s how I broke the news to my wife last year when I agreed to become the CEO of a small surgical center in a rural part of northern Arizona. I spent most of my 25-year healthcare administration career in the Oklahoma City metro area working for large health systems while serving on several local and national boards. During that time, I had the opportunity to work with rural outreach programs designed to support community-based organizations and bolster rural medical staff recruitment. There’s no doubt that running an ASC in a small rural community is a unique experience, but the following challenges I faced — as well the best practices I employed — apply to surgical leaders everywhere.
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