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Assessing, scheduling with surgical precision

Check out the latest article in Healthcare Purchasing News featuring HSTpathways' COO, Tara Vail.  Find the complete article at http://www.hpnonline.com/assessing-scheduling-surgical-precision/.

Tara Vail, COO, Healthcare Systems & Technologies (HST) said “One of the biggest challenges supply chain leaders and value analysis team have today is trying to capture the true cost of the case. In many surgery centers, the clinicians are using paper based preference cards to pull supplies for a given case. Once the case is complete, someone has to go into the surgery center management software and enter in the supplies that are used. If that is not done, or is not done accurately then the inventory is not depleted correctly and the true cost of the case is not captured. Additionally, the most expensive supplies used for a surgical case are implants. Too often there is disconnect between logging the implants in the clinical chart (aka Implant Log) and systematically capturing that implant on the supplies used for the case. That disconnect has even larger financial implications because in some cases it could mean lost revenue if the implant is not billed on the claim when the payer allows it. It also presents challenges for the value analysis team when they try to develop a base line for case costing across specialties, procedure types, and physicians.

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“HSTpathways has a fully integrated charting solution called HSTeChart. HSTeChart’s design leverages preference cards to the fullest. By leveraging the preference card to the fullest, the clinician is incentivized to keep that preference card as accurate as possible. When the preference card is completed to the fullest extent the medications, the equipment, the likely implants to be used on a case, the supplies, physician and anesthesia orders, patient position, and discharge instructions are pulled into the appropriate areas of the patient’s chart. That information then only has to either be confirmed by the charting clinician, or simply update the changes that are applicable for that case. This is a huge timesaver for the clinician who has to document this information as part of the standard, audit-compliant patient medical record. Once the charting for the patient is complete, that information is automatically captured in the supplies used for the case. The implant log for the case is automatically updated and completed. Additionally, the billing information for implants is included with the supplies used and can then be billed on the insurance claims with no potential of lost/uncaptured revenue. Supply chain leaders have the most accurate representation of the supplies used in almost real-time. The value analysis team has the truest case costing options possible as well. For the value analysis team, they not only have accurate case costing related to supplies and implants, but they also have accurate resource utilization that is pulling directly for the eChart.”