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January 2018

Joint Commission cites ‘continuous improvement’ as 2018 survey goal

When Medicare and Medicaid legislation was passed and signed into law in 1965, the US Congress formed the precursor federal agency to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to write the rules and regulations spelling out the “Conditions of Participation” (CoPs) required to obtain federal funding under these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 14, 2017
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR—Part 1

Nurse bullying is a hot issue, even in the lay press—consider the 2015 Marie Claire article, “Mean Girls of the ER: The Alarming Nurse Culture of Bullying and Hazing.” Numbers vary, but the American Nurses Association reports that between 18% and 31% of nurses have experienced bullying at work. The…

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By: Cynthia Saver
December 14, 2017
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Can Your Staff Pass the TJC Evaluation? Read Our Tips For Designing a Program.

The mission of The Joint Commission (TJC) is “to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” It’s a lofty goal, and one that has helped thousands of healthcare

Shift Value-Based Care Focus from Volume to Quality. Read More.

Changes in reimbursement models are driving changes in operations, including data collection and reporting. Providers are being encouraged and incentivized to implement value-based care (VBC) that emphasizes cost savings and quality outcomes instead of the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement model that pays according to the number of procedures performed. The idea is that when hospitals

Six Guidelines to Engage Surgeons in Your OR

Sometimes a few fundamental changes can breathe new life into an existing process and, as a result, enhance the performance of your surgeons and staff. Even if your routine is working relatively well, service line changes in your operating room can achieve improved results, such as higher levels of surgeon satisfaction and patient care quality,

Editorial

Efforts in 2017 to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were largely unsuccessful, but a tax reform bill that includes a provision to abolish the ACA’s individual insurance mandate seems likely to pass. As a result, 13 million fewer Americans will be insured by 2027, and premiums will go up…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 14, 2017
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Peer initiative cultivates a better OR culture

The following “success story” describes the PEER initiative at Geisinger Medical Center, which has involved staff in making decisions to improve processes and communication. OR Manager periodically publishes success stories like this from nurse leaders or other healthcare providers who want to share their experience with our readers. Recent examples…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2017
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Where are you on the value-based care continuum?

Healthcare providers are straddling a variety of payment models while many regulatory changes remain in flux under the Trump Administration. Although the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment began some years ago, not everyone is on board. Opinions about bundled payments also remain mixed, despite reports of improved outcomes and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 14, 2017
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Robotics: Building a winning business case

Robotic-assisted surgery offers many potential advantages, including shorter operative time, less morbidity, and faster patient recovery. But rigorous comparisons with traditional surgical methods and cost-effectiveness analyses are still limited, and the price tag of the robot (in the neighborhood of $1 million) and annual maintenance contract (roughly $150,000) may give…

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By: Susan London
December 14, 2017
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ASC quality reporting deadlines moved up in 2018

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System/ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs. In summary, several ambulatory surgery center (ASC) measures (ASC-1 to ASC-14) are unaffected, except that three measures (ASC-5, -6,…

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By: Leslie Flowers
December 14, 2017
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Greater vigilance needed to combat ureteroscope contamination

A new study by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) is the latest to raise concerns about infections associated with endoscopic procedures. The study, which focused on ureteroscopes, found that the techniques used to clean and sterilize or high-level disinfect flexible ureteroscopes are not sufficient and leave behind contamination including…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 15, 2017
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The Chief Nursing Officer will be instrumental in the execution of necessary changes while focusing on achieving the goal of The Triple Aim. Strategies being debated include: Creating an environment that attracts talent and aggressively screening labor from alternative markets, as well as, developing curriculum and tools to enhance the skills of healthcare professionals where emerging technologies are being employed. These issues enhance quality patient care which is the key responsibility driving a CNO's success.

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AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition, July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, D.C., is the leading education event and the central meeting place for providers, academics, affiliates, and vendors working in all facets of healthcare supply chain. Join us at AHRMM17 to connect with people, and explore the products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare. You can expect four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, vendor presentations on the latest technology and products, and face-to-face networking with supply chain and materials management directors and managers, chief financial and resource officers, contract administrators, military logisticians and operating room buyers.

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Join PACU leaders from across the nation for three days of intense educational workshop and breakout sessions, as well as keynote presentations in sunny Orlando, Florida! Earn your CEs while networking with your peers and with solution providers from exhibitors offering the latest technologies and solutions to meet your needs. You will receive the same high-quality education designed specifically for managers and above that is tailored to the PACU. Click here to learn more!

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As healthcare migrates from volume- to value-based payment, facilities need to adapt their perioperative governance structure and clinical processes to succeed. Join OR Manager for a one-day workshop that will provide the metrics to create a bundled payments implementation plan you need to transition to value-based patient care. Click here to learn more!

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Perioperative leaders from across the nation will gather in Orlando for three days of workshops, breakout sessions and keynote presentations dedicated to developing necessary skills and advanced practices in the OR and ASC. Earn CEs from educational sessions, exhibit hall seminars and poster presentations while networking with perioperative leaders who have solved the challenges you face each day or are working through them currently. Click here to learn more!

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This interactive event is an opportunity for OR business management to increase their knowledge of OR processes, develop critical skills, and network with colleagues. The 2018 event will be held January 30-February 2 in San Antonio, TX. Click here to register or submit a proposal to speak!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Contact Nancy Iannotta at niannotta@accessintel.com or 203-899-8429.

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