Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health graduate student Kayla Cline, M.S., recently won the student research poster competition at a Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Cline won the competition representing Texas A&M and competed against students from Penn State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University in developing a potential financial model of the preoperative surgical home.
Cline, a doctoral degree student in Health Services Research at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, presented a research poster at the competition entitled “Economics and Potential Financial Model of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH): Developing a Framework for PSH Design and Action,” in which she demonstrated her own ideas for the identification of the best practices in preoperative surgical care.
The project, which was developed in collaboration with the American Society for Anesthesiologists, aims to establish standards of care for organizations who want to acquire the status of a Perioperative Surgical Home, which is “designed to provide coordinated, organized care from the time of the shared decision making for surgery all the way through 30 days post discharge,” as defined by Mike Schweitzer, MD, MBA, from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
“It covers the preoperative phase of working with patients to optimize their condition prior to surgery, the interoperative phase, the immediate postoperative phase, and then post-discharge. The concept is to provide team-based, coordinated care to manage the patient’s experience, to improve quality, and to decrease costs,” he added.
Kayla Cline’s project is particularly focused on the standards of care in facilities such as this one, which caught the attention of the industry-university cooperative research center, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry members in order to advance research on management, clinical, and information technology innovations within healthcare.
CHOT is based at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, where Kayla Cline is a first-year PhD student. In addition, she holds the position of graduate research assistant for the Center, and she has a B.A. and an M.S. in accounting from the Texas A&M University and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Before starting her doctorate studies, she served as an accountant for a Fortune 500 company and taught accounting at a college.