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October 2017
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Total joint PSH helps meet patient satisfaction goals

When leaders at Memorial Healthcare, a 154-bed community hospital in Owosso, Michigan, wanted to get a jump on preparing for bundled payments, they chose to focus on total hip and knee surgery. Creating a perioperative surgical home (PSH) for this patient population paid off in enhanced patient satisfaction and reductions…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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Adding new business to the ASC, one procedure at a time - Part 1

An ambulatory surgery center (ASC) looking to expand its market may want to add new procedures, but only after careful consideration of resource investment versus ultimate benefit. In the first of a three-part series, OR Manager explores surgical specialties that appear to show promise for the outpatient setting. One of…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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Care after surgery drives costs

Editor's Note This study finds that where surgical patients go after they are discharged varies widely, and that variation leads to huge differences in how much their care costs. Variation in postacute care spending between lowest and highest quintiles differed 129% for total hip replacement, 103% for coronary artery bypass…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 11, 2017
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Colorectal SSIs plummet with evidence-based care bundles

Surgical site infections (SSIs) not only harm patients, but also can squeeze a hospital’s bottom line through increased costs and reduced reimbursement. Patients undergoing colorectal surgery are particularly at risk for SSIs, according to data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), but an effective multidisciplinary team and an evidence-based…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2016
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Surgical receipt raises quality standards, lowers costs

Increasing costs and shrinking margins have continued to pressure business managers and senior hospital leadership to rethink strategies for raising surgeons’ awareness of product and nonlabor costs within the OR. Often providers are asked to cut costs but are unaware of the actual costs of the products they use. In…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2016
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Surgeon scorecard linked to surgical supply costs

Editor's Note Giving monthly cost feedback scorecards to surgeons was associated with significantly reduced surgical supply costs, without negatively affecting patient outcomes in this study. Of 249 surgeons representing 10 specialties, 63 were in the intervention group and 186 were in the control group. Surgeons in the intervention group each…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2016
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On-pump vs off-pump CABG

Editor's Note On-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are equally safe and effective, this study finds. At 5 years there was no significant difference between on-pump and off-pump CABG in combined rates of death, stroke, myocardial infarction, renal failure, or subsequent revascularization procedures (23.6% vs 23.1%). There also…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2016
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Cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery in adolescents

Editor's Note In this study, bariatric surgery for obese adolescents was shown to be cost-effective if assessed over a time period of 5 years, but not in shorter time frames. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of bariatric surgery vs no surgery was $155,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) when assessed over…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2016
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Total ankle replacement less costly in ASCs

Editor's Note A study presented at the 2016 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Meeting found that total ankle replacements performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) were about $4,000 less than those performed in inpatient facilities, the October Orthopedics Today reports. The 4-year study included 574 total ankle replacements…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 13, 2016
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Variation in Medicare expenditures for surgical complications

Editor's Note In this study, substantial variation was observed across hospitals in Medicare episode payments for patients rescued from surgical complications, and higher payments were not associated with improved clinical performance. Medicare payments for patients rescued at the highest-cost hospitals were two- to threefold higher than the lowest-cost hospitals for…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2016
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