With the demand for outpatient services increasing, hospital administrators are investing more in ambulatory services to remain competitive in the changing marketplace.. Healthcare information firm Sg2 projected in a 2010 report that the demand for outpatient services would increase by 22 percent.
Ambulatory care now accounts for the majority of many hospitals’ annual revenue. Because of this, it only makes sense for hospitals to proceed with joint ventures and acquisitions of outpatient centers. Joan Dentler, president and founder of Outpatient Strategies and of ASC Strategies, gives three proven alignment strategies for minimizing risks and maximizing gains from ambulatory care partnerships.
- Give your ambulatory strategy the same importance as your inpatient strategy, if not more.
- Consider all possibilities for physician engagement.
- Avoid “hospital creep.”
To discover the details behind Dentler’s tips, read the full article at http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/HHNDaily/HHNDailyDisplay.dhtml?id=6190006017. How is your hospital aligning with ambulatory service centers?