8. Enhanced recovery after surgeryHospital readmissions accounted for $520M in Medicare payouts in 2016. Opioids affect 2 million Americans. With enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), clinicians believe they can tackle both problems.
The idea of ERAS permits patients to eat prior to surgery, limits opioid prescriptions by prescribing other medications and encourages regular walks to improve blood flow.
In a study tested ERAS methodology, researchers reports a one-third drop in surgical complications and an opioid prescription reduction of 21%. It also reported that patients went home between two and three days after surgery with low readmission rates of 2%.
ERAS improves quality and reduces healthcare costs, according to Dr. Conor Delaney, chair of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.