It’s no secret that outpatient total joint replacement is on the rise. Patients across the country are now being routinely discharged same-day after having total hip or knee replacement procedures. Despite predictions that total joint replacements will rapidly shift to outpatient, the vast majority of these surgeries are still performed in the hospital with at least one overnight stay.
While many surgery centers around the country have embraced total joint replacement, few are entirely centered around the concept. Specialization is at the heart of healthcare innovation and quality. In our experience operating ASCs, we view the total joint center of excellence as the future gold standard.
An outpatient joint centers of excellence aligns the physicians, the practice, the facility, and care navigation programs to create the best possible experience for the patient at the lowest cost. Surgery centers designed around this concept have the advantage of being sustainable while maintaining a smaller physical footprint and a smaller physician ownership group, contributing to a concierge-like feel for the patient.
In all, an outpatient joint replacement center of excellence has the potential for superior clinical quality and patient experience for the properly selected patient and a high financial returns for individual physician investors.