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January 31, 2024

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Opioid-Sparing Care Pathway Initiative Reduces Clinical Variation and Enhances Quality

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When a Florida healthcare system desired to standardize perioperative protocols, they engaged their existing anesthesia partner, TeamHealth, to lead implementation of a perioperative care pathway that would standardize clinical care and reduce patients’ use of narcotics.

The Challenge

Targets defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and National Health Care Priorities for the total knee and hip arthroplasty surgical patient population were falling short in this health system. Extended length of stay, readmissions and complications were impacting the quality of care, as well as the patient experience. A gap analysis, conducted in 2021, revealed a lack of standardization around patient education, pain management and opioid-sparing techniques and an absence of standard preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative protocols.

Over two years, TeamHealth and the facility implemented and have sustained an Opioid-Sparing Care Pathway Initiative that addressed unique challenges. TeamHealth is committed to supporting our client partners and enhancing care delivery. Connect with us to learn more about our services and partnerships and download the full white paper below.


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