CV programs have been developing cardiovascular service lines for years, but there’s no standard definition of what a service line entails. We define it as having a dedicated administrative body, a discrete budget, and a unified strategic plan.
Although 80% of CV programs say they have a service line model, only 40% of them meet these three service line criteria. And even those with a model may not be optimized for success: CV service lines have traditionally been organized around the acute enterprise with the key aim of growing volumes, but now they must respond to new mandates such as providing cross-continuum, patient-centered, cost-effcient care.
When it comes to CV service line organizational and leadership models, there is no "right answer" for all programs. And there is typically no end state—it is usually a work in progress. These six steps and associated tools will assist you in defining the org chart and governance structure that’s right for you.
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