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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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Is pain treatment a risk or reward for ASCs?

A growing number of new devices, procedures, and drugs are becoming available to alleviate pain, especially the chronic type that lingers after incurring an injury or undergoing surgery. Pain management has become a medical specialty, and most pain relief procedures are appropriate for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Some ASCs make…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2016
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Relationship between safety culture and patient experience

Editor's Note In this multi-state study examining the relationship between nurse-reported safety culture and the patient experience, researchers found that modifiable aspects of a hospital’s culture can influence the achievement of high HCAHPS scores in nursing and global domains, which directly impact hospital reimbursement. Three safety culture domains were related…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 13, 2016
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Procedure volume linked to SSIs in CABG, total hip patients

Editor's Note Surgical site infection (SSI) risk for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and hip arthroplasty patients is highest in hospitals with low annual procedure volumes, yet these hospitals are excluded from quality reporting, this study finds. Even for high-volume hospitals, year-to-year variation in SSI rates makes past performance an…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 13, 2016
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AHRQ: HACs down 21% since 2010

Editor's Note Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) fell 21% (3.1 million) between 2010 and 2015, saving nearly 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs, according to a December 12 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Among the findings: Adverse drug events were down 42.3%. Pressure ulcers…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 13, 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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Effect of Medicare’s nonpayment program on HACs

Editor's Note Medicare’s Nonpayment Program of 2008, which withholds hospital reimbursement for costs related to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), was associated with a decline in the incidence of selected HACs in this study. The decline was greater in hospitals with higher Medicare utilization ratios (MURs). In this analysis of nearly 868,000…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2016
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ASCA lauds passage of 21st Century Cures Act

Editor's Note The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) on December 7 applauded Congress for passing the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes two provisions that benefit Medicare patients and physicians in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The first provision, Section 4012, directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2016
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Treatment of AAA differs by country, reimbursement

Editor's Note Despite guidelines from professional societies, significant variation exists in the management of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), especially for AAA size at repair, use of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), and the treatment of elderly patients, this study finds. In countries with a private health care system and fee-for-service reimbursement,…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2016
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