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October 2017

Transparent pricing: Way of the future for surgery centers

Editor's Note The Monticello Community Surgery Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, is posting prices of outpatient procedures on its website, the July 22 CBS 19 reports. The center’s CEO Andy Poole calls it the “wave of the future of healthcare.” Though the center takes insurance and Medicare, knowing the total cost of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2016
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Process improvements raise SPD standards and quality

When audits revealed areas of deficit in the sterile processing departments (SPDs) of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, leaders pulled together a team to help implement a quality improvement plan. By analyzing and standardizing their processes, creating auditing tools, and educating staff, they significantly increased quality scores throughout…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Secure apps loop in families during surgery

How do OR leaders enhance family members’ satisfaction with the communication they receive when their loved ones are in surgery? Thanks to advances in technology, many are turning to tools like mobile apps and text messaging. At Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Springfield, Illinois, Lexanne Darwent, BSN, RN, helped implement…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Surgical comanagement by hospitalists improves outcomes

Editor's Note A surgical comanagement hospitalist program reduced complications, length of stay, 30-day readmissions, number of consultants, and cost of care in this study. There was no significant changed in patient satisfaction and the average savings was $2,642 to $4,303 per patient. This retrospective study by researchers from Stanford University…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 18, 2016
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CMS, FDA advocate for UDI use in insurance billing

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending using unique device identifiers (UDIs) in universal health insurance claims forms to improve value-based reimbursement for medical devices and postmarket surveillance, the July 14 Modern Healthcare reports. Proponents say UDIs could help…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 18, 2016
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Study: EHRs leads to physician burnout, job dissatisfaction

Editor's Note This study finds that physicians who use electronic health records (EHRs) have higher rates of burnout and are more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs because of the amount of time spent completing computerized medical forms. The findings, based on a survey of 6,375 physicians, found that…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 5, 2016
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Same-day discharge attracts droves of total joint patients

Orthopedic services are evolving. Total joint patients are younger and healthier, the technology has improved, and procedures are moving to the ambulatory setting. The desire for same-day discharge has raised the bar for provider performance and increased competition among facilities that are adding total joints to their service lines. Younger…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Beyond sponges: Safe practices for avoiding all RSIs

Some healthcare facility leaders have managed to reduce or even eliminate the incidence of retained surgical items (RSIs), but vulnerability remains despite increased focus on this problem. A 2015 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association cited a median estimate for RSIs: one event per 10,000 procedures, with…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Protocols control glycemic levels in diabetic surgical patients

Most OR leaders today are concerned about the growing problem of diabetes in surgical care. More than 30 million people in the US now have diabetes mellitus, and many studies have demonstrated its adverse impact on surgical outcomes. The challenge is translating this research into practice. Managing diabetes is always…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Top 20 most expensive inpatient conditions

Editor's Note Septicemia was the most expensive condition treated in US hospitals in 2013, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Others in the top 20 most expensive were: osteoarthritis, 2nd complications of device, implant, or graft, 4th complications of surgical procedures or medical care, 13th hip fracture,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 15, 2016
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