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Building a business case for new technology

OR leaders besieged by surgeons and others clamoring for the latest innovations must ensure that the business case for any new technology makes good sense both for patients and the organization’s bottom line. Building a strong business case requires careful assessment, clear writing, and a strong partnership with the finance…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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Collaboration spells success for award winner

The inaugural Best in OR Business Award will be presented at the 2017 OR Business Management Conference in New Orleans on February 1. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates strong business acumen with the ability to make complex logistical decisions, meet scheduling demands, think strategically, and focus on the bottom line.…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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Reimbursement denials diminish with more precise precertification

With no increases in reimbursement on the healthcare horizon, the leadership team at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois, knew they needed to maximize revenue capture. The team, including Katrina Spears, MAOL, manager of business and informatics, used Lean methodology to improve precertification and reduce denials, resulting in…

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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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New administration likely to intervene in bundled-payment initiatives

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule December 20, 2016, on its cardiac and orthopedic bundled-payment initiatives, but President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, Rep Tom Price (R-Ga) is likely to stop the cardiac mandatory initiative scheduled to start…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 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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Editorial

Healthcare consumers and providers alike are watching to see what changes will occur under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Thus far, at least a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seems likely. That’s in part because US Rep Tom Price (R-GA) is Trump’s pick for Health and…

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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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Huddles help hospitals move toward the goal

Like a football team gathering to confirm tactical details before a play, surgical staff often form a huddle to ensure readiness of the providers, patient, and equipment for the upcoming procedure. In a twist on the traditional huddle the day before surgery, staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC)…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2016
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