Orthopaedic Surgeons Announce Involvement in ASA’s Perioperative Surgical Home Care Model
Thu, Jun. 23, 2016

Chicago – The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the world's largest association of musculoskeletal specialists, is participating in the development of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care together with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The PSH is a patient-centered, team-based model of care that guides patients through the entire surgical experience, from the decision to undergo surgery to discharge and return to function. 

"ASA is excited with AAOS' involvement in the development of the PSH model," said ASA President Daniel J. Cole, M.D. "We share a vision of advancing the quality of patient care, and collaboration with our surgical colleagues clearly serves the best interests of our patients."

The AAOS approved the appointment of two AAOS representatives to the ASA PSH Learning Collaborative Steering Committee, Peggy Naas, M.D. and Jeff Angel, M.D. The AAOS has encouraged and continues to support their members' participation in the second PSH Learning Collaborative, which launched April 1, 2016.

"There is no greater priority for orthopaedic surgeons than the safety of our patients, and we constantly strive to optimize and improve patient outcomes and care," said AAOS President Gerald R. Williams, M.D. "We are happy to explore the PSH model of care because we believe it will advance these concerns."

ASA launched the PSH concept to address a fragmented surgical delivery system commonplace in health care. The goal was to create a model to help meet the demands for a surgical system that emphasizes quality, patient satisfaction and reduced costs. With the PSH learning collaborative, leading health care organizations across the nation are working to develop, pilot and evaluate the PSH model's usefulness in enhancing clinical quality, controlling costs, and improving patient experiences by eliminating cancellations and delays in surgery, lowering complication rates and readmissions, and reducing length of stays.

Additionally, in a time of increasing emphasis on the value proposition and bundled payments, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, the PSH provides a solution to physicians to comply with these regulatory and legislative programs while retaining an emphasis on value, patient satisfaction, and reduced costs.

Working together, health care facilities participating in the PSH Learning Collaborative hope to proactively pursue care redesign strategies with the long-term goal to create an evidence-based "road map" to spread knowledge and best practices of the PSH model. 

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves. 

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