IONM: Enhancing surgeon satisfaction by putting patients first
“Leaders are working to overcome challenges of balancing limited reimbursements against the rising costs of attracting and retaining talented staff to provide that care.”
Based on her organization’s recent survey of more than 1,400 community hospital CEOs, that’s the job at hand for hospitals and health systems today, says American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) President and CEO Deborah J. Bowen. Even more, the ACHE survey results suggest that while patients continue to be a top priority, providers increasingly are balancing patient needs with the realities of running a business in a fast-changing, competitive environment.
While surgeon satisfaction is a primary concern of hospital executives, it’s also one of the most challenging issues to address. Minimizing risk and creating a collegial environment that places patients first, however, go a long way towards achieving surgeon satisfaction. These factors are even more acute when patients are undergoing increasingly common brain and spine surgeries, as there are greater postoperative patient risks.
Safe patients, happy physicians
Assisted by advanced imaging and diagnostics, robotics and AI, minimally invasive surgical techniques today are ushering in the new dawn of healthcare, especially in the United States. Consider this: The general surgery market is expected to top $21 billion by 2024, a 50 percent increase from 10 years prior, with North America alone expected to account for more than a quarter of all surgical volume within five years, according to the research group GlobalData.
With this uptick in procedures, unforeseen neurological complications can — and will — arise during high-risk surgery. As a result, leading providers are partnering with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) providers to protect an anesthetized patient’s neuromuscular system. An effective safety net that protects a patient’s neuromuscular system during surgery, IONM provides instant and reliable feedback about a patient’s nervous system without the need for a wake-up test during complex procedures involving the spine, brain and vascular system.
IONM also enhances staff engagement during procedures. Surgical neurophysiologists are present in the operating room and maintain constant, real-time communication with board-certified reading physicians. They also are trained in electrical safety and follow all sterile field precautions in the operating room, including safety training and handling of sharps and bodily fluids. These clinicians are integrated within a hospital’s surgical team, working seamlessly with OR staff, anesthesiologists and surgeons.
Interested in learning more about how a successful IONM program enhances surgeon satisfaction? Let’s talk. Through well-honed clinical and business management processes and procedures, Catalyst Partners helps to develop and execute successful IONM programs for hospitals and health systems, healthcare providers as well as independent IONM companies, whether programs are in-house, outsourced or not utilized.
The programs combine IONM-specific management experience with the knowledge of local communities and clinical excellence to co-create IONM businesses that are profitable and at the height of patient care. Emphasizing patient education and safety efforts, IONM partnerships mean happier patients who have a full understanding — including risks, benefits and alternatives — prior to their procedures.
Catalyst Partners is the strategic operations and management affiliate of a well-respected and successful end-to-end provider of IONM services. As a result, the company will help you achieve best practice guidelines, clinical excellence and financial success through the following:
- Data compilation and analysis
- Goal assessment
- Confirmation of regulatory compliance
- Scheduling, coordination and logistics education and training
- Recruiting and credentialing
- Technical and clinical support
- Supply management
- Quality assurance
- Professional medical services
- EMR and workflow management
- Revenue cycle management
- Regulatory compliance
- Financial control and reporting
The benefits of implementing an IONM program with Catalyst Partners include:
- Clinical competencies and compliance or quality assurance
- Increased opportunities for growth
- Access to capital and resources
- Reduced management and administrative burdens
- Operational expertise
- Enhanced efficiency
- Revenue cycle expertise
- Stronger focus on patient care
For more information, please call us at (914) 266-8717 or email us at [email protected].