Physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) frequently present real benefits and challenges. On the one hand, physician involvement in an ASC’s operations often results in a warm, patient-friendly and efficient environment. On the other hand, the combination of a considerable number of non-affiliated, strong-willed physicians from a variety of specialties can lead to discord which can cause even the most level-headed administrator or management company representative to turn prematurely gray.
A portion of most of my work days is devoted to addressing physician relations issues in ASC partnerships. This frequent “up to the elbows” immersion in ASC affairs has allowed me to develop several “rules of thumb” which may be useful to those developing or operating surgery center ventures.
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