The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group Achieves ACE Designation
The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group, a NueHealth facility, has achieved Ambulatory Center of Excellence (ACE) designation by ValueHealth.
ACE designation not only aligns with the guidelines of national accrediting bodies, but adds stricter clinical, quality and financial measures that when achieved advance the facility's transition to advanced payment models, including prospective bundles with warranty. This ACE designation recognizes the delivery of high-quality care and consistently positive outcomes while reducing the overall cost of surgical care.
Status as an ACE designated facility means Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by ValueHealth management principles. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous survey process are granted accreditation. ACE begins with facility-level designation and may be supplemented by procedure-specific certifications for joint replacements, certain spine procedures or other complex orthopedic procedures.
"When you see our ACE designation, you will know that our facility has been strictly surveyed on our processes and procedures. It means that we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of surgical care possible, while reducing the overall cost of care, " stated Andrew Lovewell, Administrator, Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group.
Ambulatory surgery centers seeking designation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by ValueHealth experts. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.
"Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide," said Mary Dailey, Senior Vice President, NueHealth Clinical Operations.
The ValueHealth Ambulatory Center of Excellence (ACE) Program is a highly-selective process for ambulatory surgery centers providing exceptional care and meeting stringent quality and program guidelines.
An ACE designated facility joins an exclusive tier in US healthcare, recognizing the commitment to excellence that its leadership demands. Benefits include public awareness of the facility's proven quality; new contracting strategies with the opportunity for multi-payor value-based contracts; and membership in a growing national ACE network.
NueHealth has over 20 years of proven success in multi-specialty and orthopaedic specialty surgical care. It is a national leader in developing, building, managing and growing specialty surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers ("ASCs") and orthopaedic specialty centers. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Leawood, KS, the Company has managed and held ownership interests in over 150 facilities since its inception. NueHealth currently manages and/or owns 57 surgical facilities in 21 states with strategic geographic clustering in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and throughout Texas. NueHealth's operating platform improves the delivery and quality of surgical services to millions of patients. In partnership with leading physicians, health systems and medical groups, NueHealth facilities produce clinical and financial performance unrivaled in surgical care. With the advent of pay-for-value programs, NueHealth is positioned unlike any other segment competitor to successfully lead its provider partners through value-based payment reform. For more information, visit www.nuehealth.com.
ValueHealth is the parent company to NueHealth and MUVE Health and is a technology-enabled, market-based platform that assists payors and providers in delivering prospective bundle payment arrangements which are an alternative to high-cost fee-for-service surgical care for their members and patients. ValueHealth's platform affiliates: NueHealth, MUVE Health, Benefit Management, Healthcare RE and the ValueHealth Transformation Center uniquely position the platform to deliver high-value surgical care benefiting payors, providers and patients. ValueHealth redefines what it means to be a healthcare network. Its Ambulatory Centers of Excellence (ACE)™ network platform facilitates new levels of accessibility, alignment, risk readiness and consumer transparency. For more information, visit www.ValueHealth.com.