When navigating ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in today?s cardiovascular healthcare landscape, change is at the forefront, evolving the way we provide care. On MedAxiom HeartTalk, host Melanie Lawson talks with Joe Sasson, PhD, executive vice president of Ventures and chief commercial officer at MedAxiom and Marc Toth, market president, Cardiovascular Services at Atlas Healthcare Partners.
Advancing Cardiovascular Care
Cardiovascular Centers of America (CCA) is a specialized heart & vascular ASC & OBL development and management company. CCA believes that a development and management partner should be as focused on heart & vascular specialties as the doctors and the staff are to bring value to the joint venture partnership, the facility, and patients every day.
Our approach fosters efficient facilities with a welcoming culture, ensuring physicians work in a positive environment. This leads to greater patient satisfaction, more engaged partnerships, and, crucially, physicians who feel both fulfilled and empowered in their roles.
Increasing Patient Satisfaction
At Cardiovascular Centers of America, our goal is to consistently surpass patient expectations by providing outstanding care and surgical experience, backed by our highly skilled facility staff.
Reducing The Cost Of Care
Cardiovascular Centers of America treats payers, whether traditional insurers or value-based managed care organizations, as integral partners. Our in-house management and contracting work has led to successful agreements with major insurers across the states we operate in, showcasing our proactive stance in local HMO and value-based care arenas.
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Built By Cardiologists, For Cardiologists
Founded by Dr. William Reilly , a seasoned Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiovascular Centers of America was established in 2019. Driven by his 20 years of experience in developing, operating, and managing various Office-Based Labs (OBLs) and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), Dr. Reilly envisioned creating a company that would embody the ideal development and management support he had always sought in his professional journey.
Why Cardiovascular Centers of America?
Cardiovascular Centers of America is the leading heart & vascular ASC & OBL development and management company in the United States. Our approach prioritizes the needs and goals of our physician partners, ensuring they excel in an environment that is both physician-driven and focused on patient-centered care.
Our commitment is to not only meet but exceed the expectations of those we serve in the healthcare community.
Full-Service Development & Management
CCA is dedicated to overseeing both the development and ongoing management of facilities. Discover the range of services CCA offers by exploring further.
Specialized in Heart & Vascular ASC
Beyond being a business solution partner, CCA provides invaluable clinical expertise, especially in Cath Labs and EP labs, ensuring top-notch care.
Customized Partnership Models
At CCA, we tailor partnership structures to fit each unique scenario, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach to ensure optimal collaboration and success.
Collaborative & Physician-Friendly Terms
CCA is committed to proving its value with ongoing support, fostering a cooperative rather than restrictive environment for physicians and health systems.
Innovative Shared Services
CCA's integrated service platform ensures efficiency and transparency are central to every facility's operations, embracing modern management approaches.
Benefit from the CCA Network
Leverage CCA's extensive national network for enhanced payer contracting, procurement, resource recruitment, and shared knowledge, benefiting each individual site.
Full-Service Expert Solutions
Cardiovascular Centers of America specializes in heart and vascular care, offering a holistic approach to both development and management. Our expertise ensures seamless, turnkey operations for our physician partners. This comprehensive strategy transforms the complexities of medical management into streamlined, efficient processes.
A full suite of integrated services and management to support your operations.
- Operations Planning, Management, and Support
- Comprehensive support in planning and managing the daily operations of the cardiovascular ambulatory surgery center to ensure efficient and high-quality patient care.
- Regulations & Compliance
- Guidance and oversight in ensuring all operations align with relevant regulations and standards, minimizing risks and potential liabilities.
- Facility Development & Management
- End-to-end services in designing, developing, and managing state-of-the-art cardiovascular surgery facilities tailored to specific needs.
- Information Technology
- Deployment and management of advanced IT infrastructure and solutions to optimize patient care, data management, and operational efficiency.
- Medical Data Management
- Secure and organized handling of patient data, ensuring its availability for effective clinical decision-making and compliance with privacy standards.
- Turn-Key Digital Marketing Planning & Execution
- Integrated digital marketing strategies to enhance the center's online presence, drive patient engagement, and grow its patient base.
- State Licensing
- Assistance in navigating and obtaining necessary state licenses for the seamless operation of the cardiovascular ambulatory surgery center.
- Pharmacy Permitting
- Guidance in securing required pharmacy permits, ensuring safe and compliant pharmaceutical practices.
- Local Permitting (Biohazard/Radiation)
- Support in obtaining local permits for biohazard and radiation management, ensuring a safe environment for both patients and staff.
- AAAHC Accreditation
- Preparation and support for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) standards, underlining a commitment to quality care.
- Physician privileges
- Facilitation of granting specific clinical privileges to qualified physicians, allowing them to provide particular services within the center.
- 120+ Policy/ Procedural creation and maintenance
- Development, implementation, and regular updating of over 120 policies and procedures to drive consistent and standardized care delivery.
- Emergency Management readiness
- Robust emergency preparedness plans and trainings to ensure swift and effective responses during critical situations.
- Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
- Ongoing programs to monitor, assess, and improve the quality and safety of patient care, aligned with industry best practices.
- Survey Readiness (scheduled and unannounced)
- Continuous readiness for both scheduled and unexpected surveys or inspections, ensuring consistent compliance and operational excellence.
- Clia & CEMP
- Support for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) requirements, ensuring operational compliance and preparedness.
Maximize profitability with dollars.
A full suite of integrated services and management to support your financials.
- Leading Capital Access
- Access to premier capital resources to ensure the cardiovascular ambulatory surgery center's financial stability and support its growth aspirations.
- Accounting & Reporting
- Comprehensive accounting services, coupled with transparent reporting, to maintain fiscal clarity and enable informed decision-making.
- Contract Negotiations
- Expert assistance in negotiating favorable contracts, ensuring the best terms for partnerships, vendor agreements, and other essential collaborations.
- Tax Reporting & Management
- Efficient tax management solutions to ensure timely reporting, optimal tax savings, and compliance with all tax regulations.
- Growth Strategy
- Tailored strategies to drive expansion and development, catering to both current operational needs and long-term vision.
- Supply Chain Management
- Streamlined management of the supply chain, ensuring timely availability of necessary medical supplies and cost-effective procurement.
- Revenue Cycle Management
- Optimization of all processes involved in revenue generation, from patient registration to billing, to ensure a healthy cash flow.
- Reimbursement Optimization
- Strategies to maximize reimbursements from insurance providers, ensuring the center receives the best compensation for its services.
- Centralized Billing & Collections
- Centralized processes for efficient billing and collections, ensuring timely revenue collection and minimizing outstanding debts.
Enhance patient care.
A full suite of integrated services and management to support your clinical team.
- Clinical Best Practices
- Commitment to upholding the highest standards of care by adopting and implementing the latest clinically proven best practices in the cardiovascular field.
- Quality Staffing for All Clinical Support
- Recruitment and retention of top-tier clinical support staff, ensuring patients receive exceptional care throughout their experience.
- Flexible Scheduling
- Adaptable appointment scheduling systems that cater to the diverse needs of patients, aiming to minimize wait times and enhance patient satisfaction.
- Physician/Staff Friendly Office Hours
- Office hours tailored to balance the operational needs of the center and the personal well-being of the physicians and staff, promoting a positive work environment.
- 24-Hours RN Patient Follow-Ups
- Dedicated registered nurse follow-ups within 24 hours post-procedure, ensuring patient well-being, addressing concerns, and enhancing post-operative care.
Build a great team.
A full suite of integrated services and management to support your team.
- Proven HR Practices
- Established and effective human resources strategies that prioritize the well-being and professional growth of every team member.
- Career Development
- Robust programs aimed at fostering continuous professional growth, providing opportunities for skills enhancement and career progression.
- HR Infrastructures, Policies and Management
- Solid HR foundations with clear policies, best practices, and effective management systems that ensure smooth personnel operations.
- Payroll and Tax Reporting
- Efficient payroll processing complemented by meticulous tax reporting, ensuring timely and accurate compensation and tax compliance.
- Benefits Administration
- Comprehensive management of employee benefits, ensuring that all team members have access to the perks and support they deserve.
- Federal, State and Local Compliance
- Strict adherence to all federal, state, and local labor regulations, ensuring a compliant and risk-free work environment.
- Compensation Management
- Strategies to ensure competitive and fair compensation for all employees, aligned with industry standards and individual performance.
- 401k and Benefits
- Offering robust 401k plans alongside a suite of other benefits, supporting the long-term financial well-being of employees.
- Employee Retention Plans
- Initiatives designed to recognize and reward loyalty, ensuring that top talent feels valued and remains with the organization.
- Internal Communications and Conflict Resolution
- Effective communication channels and conflict resolution mechanisms, fostering a harmonious and transparent workplace.
- Leading Employee Morale
- Continued efforts to boost team spirit, motivation, and overall morale, ensuring a positive and productive work environment.
Revenue Cycle Management
A full suite of integrated services and management to support your growth.
- Transcription Management
- Efficient handling and processing of medical transcriptions, ensuring accurate record-keeping and timely documentation.
- Precision in medical coding processes, guaranteeing that services are coded correctly for optimal reimbursement and minimized denials.
- Claims Submissions
- Streamlined and timely submission of claims to insurance providers, ensuring accuracy and maximizing revenue inflow.
- Accounts Receivable Management
- Comprehensive management of outstanding accounts, ensuring prompt payments while maintaining positive patient and provider relationships.
- Collections Management
- Effective strategies and protocols for managing overdue accounts, striking a balance between recovering dues and ensuring patient goodwill.
- Managed Care Contracting
- Expertise in negotiating and managing contracts with managed care organizations, ensuring the best terms and maximizing reimbursement.
- Management Reporting
- Transparent and insightful reporting to provide leadership with a clear overview of operations, financials, and areas for improvement.
Meet Your Future Partners
Boasting over 20 years of pioneering work in cardiovascular outpatient development, our physician leadership is uniquely versed in both the clinical intricacies and business aspects of ASC/OBL operations. This dual expertise ensures that our team not only understands but actively shapes the evolving landscape of cardiovascular care.Meet the team
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Local Ownership On A National Scale
Advanced Heart & Vascular Surgery Centers (HVSC) are managed by Cardiovascular Centers of America (CCA) in partnership with the local physician majority owners.
The network of CCA centers provides opportunity for cross training, power in contracting and negotiations, and a mechanism for bringing best practices to HVSC.
In the news
The ASC world is evolving fast. Stay up to date with ASC news and developments.
The shift of procedures to the outpatient setting is increasing access to cost-effective and high-quality care.
In this episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talks with Kara Newbury, ASCA regulatory counsel and director of government affairs, and Alex Taira, ASCA regulatory policy and research manager, about the new surprise billing regulations that took effect at the beginning of 2022.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began reimbursement for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) in January 2020.
In recent years, there has been a trend towards the provision of cardiovascular procedures in the outpatient setting and particularly in ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”). This trend is in part motivated by the fact that outpatient cardiovascular services, in comparison to cardiovascular services performed on an inpatient basis, tend to be less expensive and offer greater comfort and convenience for patients.
Cardiovascular Centers of America plans to open cardiovascular outpatient centers across the country, according to Tim Price, the management company's CEO. Mr. Price spoke to Becker's ASC Review about the company's vision and today's cardiovascular opportunities.
Quality Improvement in Ambulatory Surgery Centers: A Major National Effort Aimed at Reducing Infections and Other Surgical Complications
Surgical volume has shifted significantly from inpatient to outpatient settings, including free-standing ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Approaches to quality improvement (QI) and surveillance used in hospitals are not always appropriate to the ambulatory setting.
We first opened the Tyler Cardiac & Endovascular Center over 9 years ago. Located in Tyler, Texas, about an hour and a half east of Dallas, our single specialty practice consists of 11 cardiovascular specialists. As a convenience to our patients, we conduct office visits in numerous satellite offices throughout the region; however, the majority of our major procedures and interventions are performed in our Tyler facilities.
As patient care continues its transition to the outpatient setting, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have quickly grown in popularity as a high-quality, cost-effective alternative to hospital-based outpatient (HOPD) care. In turn, the number and types of services offered in the ASC setting have significantly expanded.