Nuts and bolts of preoperative clinics: The view from three institutions

Angela M. Bader*, Bobbiejean Sweitzer, Ajay Kumar

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Three directors of dedicated preoperative assessment clinics share their experience in setting up and running their programs. Standardizing and centralizing all or part of the preoperative evaluation process-obtaining patient records; the history and physical examination; the surgical, anesthesiology, and nursing assessments; ordering tests; and documentation and billing-increases effi ciency. The savings achieved from minimizing redundancy, avoiding surgery delays and cancellations, and improved reimbursement coding offset the increased costs of setting up and running the clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S104-S111
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
StatePublished - Nov 2009


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  • And payer requirements and guidelines are met
  • Standardizing the preoperative assessment process helps ensure that regulatory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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