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Total joint PSH helps meet patient satisfaction goals

When leaders at Memorial Healthcare, a 154-bed community hospital in Owosso, Michigan, wanted to get a jump on preparing for bundled payments, they chose to focus on total hip and knee surgery. Creating a perioperative surgical home (PSH) for this patient population paid off in enhanced patient satisfaction and reductions…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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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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January 18, 2017
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Editorial

Among the top 10 medical innovations for 2017 identified by the Cleveland Clinic is 3D visualization technology that gives surgeons high-resolution views of their patients while performing ophthalmologic surgery or neurosurgery. Surgeons who have piloted the technology say it offers greater comfort and efficiency. Warren Selman, MD, chair of the…

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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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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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Plan B: Managing surgical equipment failure

With safety and quality now tied to reimbursement as part of value-based purchasing (VBP), hospitals must meet benchmarks for patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, and readmissions to avoid financial penalties imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The VBP program added the Patient Safety Indicator, or PSI 90, metric…

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January 18, 2017
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IUSS drops to 5% with team intervention

Reducing immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS) can be challenging, but adhering to standards is essential not only for patient safety, but also for successful accreditation surveys. “Accrediting organizations are hitting hard on all of sterilization, but especially IUSS,” says Rose Seavey, MBA, BA, RN, CNOR, CRCST, CSPDT, president and CEO…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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Top 10 health technology hazards for 2017 named

Each year, advances in medical technologies offer new ways to improve the quality of patient care. But some also create new opportunities for harm. Medical technology is intended to improve patient care, but even the best of technology—if configured, used, or maintained improperly—can lead to problems. Hospitals must regularly examine…

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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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