New resource in works for perioperative surgical home

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced this week plans for a new learning collaborative for its Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) care model. ASA revealed it chose Premier, Inc., to lead the project's development, according to an announcement.

An offshoot of the patient-centered medical home model, the perioperative care surgical home model aims to coordinate care but in the acute care setting. The comprehensive preoperative triage system includes more hands on deck, with anesthesiologists at the helm, according to ASA. Its goals are to improve care and reduce costs. The ASA originally presented the model at a White House roundtable in 2012, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

ASA's new collaborative will help healthcare organizations develop, pilot and evaluate this model to improve care from the time doctors plan surgery up through patient discharge and beyond.

"Too often, perioperative care plans are variable and fragmented," ASA President Jane C. K. Fitch, M.D., said in the announcement. "The ASA PSH learning collaborative will work to achieve the goal that the entire perioperative episode is completed as one continuum of care."

In addition, the learning collaborative pursues redesign strategies that promote better care coordination to reduce length of stay, readmissions and complications. "The ultimate goal is to create an evidence-based 'road map' for other healthcare organizations to spread knowledge and best practices of the PSH model," according to ASA.

Previous research into the medical home model suggests that while there are many benefits of team-based care, physicians need more resources, such as the ASA collaborative, to help guide their practice transformation.

To learn more:
- here's the announcement