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Editorial

Healthcare, business, and political leaders convened at the World Healthcare Congress in Washington, DC, in April to discuss payment, regulatory reforms, new technology, and evolving models of patient care. During the Nurse Leadership Summit portion of the conference, a session on population health management was noteworthy. Panel members discussed transitional…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Nurse innovators pursue ideas to improve patient care, build new devices

Editor's Note Nurses are becoming innovators at the MakerHealth Space at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston---a workspace where they can brainstorm ideas for healthcare innovations that will improve patient care, and they can build prototypes of their ideas. MakerHealth Space began as an expedition site for a concept from…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 15, 2016
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New leaders elected at AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

Editor's Note The election results for the new national leaders of AORN announced April 6 at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California, are: President-elect: Nathalie F. Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR Vice-president: Missi F. Merlino, MBA, RN, CNOR Board of directors: Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR;…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2016
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Healthcare and self-care dovetail as themes at business conference

More than 350 surgical services leaders from across the US gathered at the OR Business Management Conference in Glendale, Arizona, in February to learn strategies for managing both healthcare and self-care. Attendees came away inspired by thought-provoking keynotes and ready to implement ideas sparked by interactive sessions, exhibitors, and their…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 17, 2016
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Editorial

Many new healthcare payment models have cropped up in recent years, all with an eye toward rewarding providers for quality of service. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started a Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) pilot with voluntary participation from numerous US facilities. Under BPCI,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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OR Manager Conference keynote makes compelling case for compassion in patient care

Someone who literally owes his life to healthcare workers will share his remarkable experience and inspiration during this year’s annual OR Manager Conference. Marcus Engel, author of The Other End of the Stethoscope and several other books, will be the opening keynote speaker at the conference, which takes place September…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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Post-OR career path may lead to business opportunity - Part 2

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is an exciting first step in launching a new career, but ensuring the success of that career requires several other steps. Part 1 of this series on entrepreneurship (OR Manager, March 2016, pp 1, 11-13) explored several self-assessment strategies for making the decision to take…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 17, 2016
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Post-OR career path may lead to business opportunity—Part 1

Some perioperative services leaders retire from the OR with plans to become consultants, drawing on their years of experience to help facilities and remain active in the field. Some do not envision this or any other type of post-retirement career, yet they find themselves lured into a business opportunity. Entrepreneurship…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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Editorial

Certain topics in OR Manager bear repeating, and high reliability is one example. The concept, put forth by the Joint Commission in 2013 to improve quality and safety of patient care, is slowly gaining traction as more facilities embrace its principles. Last March, we reported on high reliability practices at…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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Nursing work environment linked to better surgical value

Hospitals with better nursing work environments and above-average staffing levels were associated with better surgical value (ie, lower mortality with similar costs) in this study, especially for higher-risk patients. Past studies have shown that hospitals with better nursing work environments provide better quality of care, but less is known about…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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