2. Anesthesia. To provide appropriate anesthesia services to hand surgery patients, ASCs need to partner with and engage the anesthesia team. Premedicating hand surgery patients can decrease post-surgery narcotic use, according to Dr. Curd. "Stopping pain before it occurs makes a big difference in pain perception and drug utilization [post-surgery]," he said.
3. Cost per case. ASCs should calculate cost per case for hand surgery procedures and share the results with physicians to drive down costs. "Education with physicians about what the cost is of what they do is important, especially the younger ones right out of training," Dr. Curd said.
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