Hospitals have been forced to cancel elective surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not only had a tremendous impact on perioperative operations and revenue, but it has created a large backlog of cases. With some regions of the country on the tail end of the COVID-19 curve, perioperative leaders are actively developing strategies to reschedule the backlog of cases and restore their elective surgery caseload. Doing so involves considerations such as:
- Should we change block allocation?
- If we extend operating hours, can we staff it?
- Can we streamline the process of requesting OR time?
- Do we have the resources (equipment and supplies) required to accommodate higher case volume?
This roundtable discussion examines how some hospitals are addressing these challenges and developing strategies to address these near term issues while ensuring longer-term surgeon retention, growth, and operational performance.
Meet the Panel:
R. Mauricio Gonzalez, MD, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs Department of Anesthesiology
Boston Medical Center
Daniel Towarnicke, MBA, Vice President, Perioperative Services
Thadius Wadsworth, MBA, RN, CNOR , Vice President, Operations, Providers and Surgical Services
Patricia C. Hoch, MBA,Six Sigma Black Belt, Sr. Sourcing Director & Value Analysis
Inova Health System
Shawn Sefton MBA, BSN, RN, Vice President, Client Operations & CNO