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Conference equips OR leaders with critical management skills

More than 1,500 registrants from the perioperative nursing community representing 49 states and 10 countries gathered in Long Beach, California, in September for the 27th annual OR Manager Conference. Attendees chose from an education menu of preconference seminars, general sessions, and breakout sessions, as well as numerous company-sponsored CE programs.…

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October 15, 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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October 15, 2014
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Editorial Nov 2014

If you skipped this year's OR Manager conference, you missed an opportunity to learn about the evolution of healthcare delivery and the changes you should be making at your facility. Improving the patient’s experience of care was an underlying theme. We’ve all heard about the shift from volume-based to value-based…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Staff vacation gridlock eased by innovative allocation system

Developing a vacation selection process that is fair to everyone can be a daunting challenge for OR managers. The right balance between flexibility and adequate coverage can make or break staff satisfaction. Having time away from the hospital is important for all OR personnel, but perhaps none more so than…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Former pilot applies aviation skills to perioperative nursing

As a Navy veteran, airline pilot, and flight nurse, Lisa Reeves, RN, performed safety checklists for nearly 15 years. When Reeves became a perioperative nurse 2 years ago, she was pleasantly surprised to find she would continue to use checklists and that ORs had been studying aviation safety practices. “The…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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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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October 15, 2014
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Focused competencies give anesthesia technicians a leg up on the efficiency ladder

Demand for anesthesia technicians is on the rise, according to a recent Chicago Tribune headline. The article touts the position as a way to “work in the operating room without going to medical school.” Although this description may be an overreach, it does help raise awareness of the growing and…

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October 15, 2014
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Sharpen coding skills and reimbursement strategies during ICD-10 delay

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) once again has extended the deadline to begin using International Classification of Diseases-10 (ICD-10) billing codes. Implementation has been set for October 1, 2015, and a growing number of billing, technology, and clinical specialists agree it is time to move ahead with…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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