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February 2018
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Gains are worth the pain in forming comanagement agreements

The changing healthcare environment is forcing physicians and hospitals to find new ways of working together to achieve top performance. As payers move to value-based purchasing and providers raise the bar on quality, efficiency, and cost savings, a sustainable model that drives results is essential. One effective physician–hospital model built…

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By: OR Manager
March 25, 2015
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Strategic succession planning essential to OR economic success

Perioperative nurse leaders anticipate a tsunami of retirements will soon sweep away the wisdom that makes the OR the profitable cost center it is. A 2013 survey found that more than a third (37.8%) of OR nurse leaders plan to retire by 2018 and nearly two-thirds (64.8%) plan to exit…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2014
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Be constructive, not combative, with union staff

Union membership has declined steeply in recent decades. Increasingly, organized labor is targeting the healthcare industry as a growth opportunity. This is creating a leadership challenge for OR directors and managers. In 2012, approximately 21% of hospitals in the US had a union nursing staff. That percentage could soon increase…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2014
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Best sterile processing managers anticipate, collaborate, stay up to date

With more than 36 years of experience in sterile processing, I have seen many changes occur, and I know what it takes to be an effective sterile processing (SP) manager. The goal of an effective SP manager is to determine where the department is now, where you want it to…

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By: OR Manager
November 17, 2014
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Business manager role evolving with challenging times

The percentage of healthcare facilities with a business manager has remained roughly the same over the past several years, and most tend to work in teaching hospitals, according to the 24th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. However, business managers’ education and experience seem to vary widely, as do their areas…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Management for Daily Improvement (MDI)

The purpose of program is to explain our use of the Management for Daily Improvement Board. The MDI board is the framework for helping us develop a culture of continuous daily improvement. We must continually improve if we are going to survive all the changes coming in healthcare.Content will include:…

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Co-management agreements thrive in a culture of responsibility

Most hospitals are experimenting with ways to collaborate better with physicians. An alignment model that is particularly relevant for hospital ORs is the surgical services co-management agreement (CMA). Under a CMA, surgeons receive compensation for helping to manage a service line. Several leading ORs have used CMAs to engage surgeons…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Hybrid medical leadership turns competitors into collaborators

Solid teamwork and a commitment to high-quality patient care are the hallmarks of a successful healthcare facility. But egos sometimes get in the way, and competition among surgeons in the orthopedic service line at St Louis-based SSM Health Care was impeding progress. The surgeons were affiliated with three independent groups,…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2014
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Don’t let depression derail your staff’s morale and motivation

Depression affects 9% of adults in the US and 18% of hospital-employed nurses, including those who work in perioperative settings. Nurses with depression not only suffer themselves, but their illness can impact their productivity and quality of care as well as their coworkers’ work lives. Nurse managers need to be…

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By: OR Manager
April 16, 2014
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Conference takes OR leaders and business managers to the next level

High-quality presentations, a high level of enthusiasm, and the highest-ever attendance were the hallmarks of the OR Business Management Conference that took place February 11-13 in New Orleans. Nearly 300 attendees—more than triple the number who attended the workshop in 2013—gathered to learn from experts in the healthcare industry. Attendees…

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By: OR Manager
March 13, 2014
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Restructuring and revamping workflow help a small hospital make big strides

Working for a small facility after spending many years at a large one can present a host of leadership challenges, but meeting those challenges with process changes and improved efficiencies can be highly satisfying. After serving more than 23 years at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network…

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By: OR Manager
March 13, 2014
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2013 OR Business Management eLearning Course

The OR Business Management eLearning course offer a wide variety of presentation specific to the business of perioperative services.This course was created from session recordings from the 2013 OR Manager Conference and is approved for 6 CEUs. Presentations include: Structuring Changes in the EHR Era - Learn how OR time should be structured, how…

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