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Conference takes OR business leaders to the next level

More than 400 surgical services directors, business managers, and thought leaders gathered in New Orleans in early February for the 2017 OR Business Management Conference. They came to explore new technology, learn from experts in the field, and network with their peers. They left with a wealth of ideas on…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 17, 2017
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12-week program prepares new nurses for the OR

If you told OR leaders they could onboard a nurse without previous surgical experience in just 12 weeks, most would scoff, “Impossible!” But at Sutter Health University, the impossible has become not only possible, but highly successful, thanks to an innovative program created by Renee Dodge, MSN, RN, RNFA, CNOR,…

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By: OR Manager
February 17, 2017
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Editorial

Even before Trump took office, Congress was planning to prepare ACA repeal legislation by January 27. It looked as though action could be swift once key members of the new administration took office. However, The Washington Post’s report of a January 26 meeting of Republican lawmakers indicated they were far…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 17, 2017
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CMS immediate jeopardy trail may lead to the OR

What makes an OR subject to an immediate jeopardy finding from a Medicare inspection? Immediate jeopardy is cited when a provider’s noncompliance with one or more of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) Conditions of Participation causes or is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment, or death.  …

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By: Judith M. Mathais, MA, RN
February 17, 2017
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DNV accreditation: A positive spin on survey preparation

There is a lot of buzz in the healthcare community about a newcomer to the accreditation process. For many years, the Joint Commission was the first choice for providing accreditation for hospitals in the US. But Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV) is gaining ground, representing more than 350 hospitals and…

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By: Judith M. Mathais, MA, RN
February 17, 2017
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Arm your staff with strategies to prevent HAIs

Each year, more than 700,000 patients in acute care hospitals fall prey to healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), and approximately 75,000 hospitalized patients die from them. Such statistics have gotten the attention of regulatory agencies that are determined to reduce these numbers. The Healthcare-Acquired Infections and Medical Technology Stakeholder Event held in…

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By: OR Manager
February 17, 2017
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Case cancellations reduced by preop patient phone calls

Cancellation of surgical cases, especially prescheduled elective surgeries, is a pervasive problem that reduces OR utilization and hospital revenue. The estimated direct and indirect annual cost of such cancellations across the US is approximately $39 billion per year, with an average OR cost between $20 and $65 per minute. Facilities…

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By: OR Manager
February 17, 2017
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Adding new business to the ASC, one procedure at a time - Part 2

Aging and active Americans are refusing to let back problems slow them down—the number of these patients is increasing, and they prefer the less invasive outpatient methods offered in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). So do their physicians. As a result, ASCs seeking to adopt new procedures are looking more closely…

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By: Paula DeJohn
February 17, 2017
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