Health Information Management

Tip of the week: Improve efficiency in scheduling in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 1, 2007

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To increase efficiency in scheduling, everyone on your staff needs to approach the task as a team. The following steps will help you reach your time-management goals.

  • Add necessary staff.
  • Move your block time. For shorter, smaller cases, start your block time a little earlier to maximize your scheduling. This could be as simple as starting surgeries at 7 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m.
  • Review the types of cases you are scheduling. For cases that take longer (e.g., shoulder repairs or anterior cruciate ligament repairs), schedule them earlier in the morning because they require longer recovery. This kind of planning allows you to avoid overtime pay.
  • Schedule surgeries for children and the elderly earlier in the day. This will provide necessary recovery time, again reducing the need for overtime pay.
  • Consider the order in which you schedule cases.
  • Dean K. Ward, administrator at Sutter North Surgery Center in Yuba City, CA, provided this tip. For more information, click here.



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