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August 2018

Don’t let burnout get the best of you Ahead Of Print

Burnout and resiliency are addressed at nearly every major healthcare conference these days, and research on burnout ties it to adverse effects on healthcare providers as well as their patients. According to Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FNAAP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and university chief wellness officer,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 25, 2018
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Validate and verify medical devices to ensure safety Ahead Of Print

Sometimes surgeons ask to have nonmedical devices sterilized, such as spoons, hockey pucks, and fish hooks. Healthcare staff may want to accommodate their requests, but there are times when they cannot do so. A central service (CS) should only sterilize medical devices that have undergone validation testing, which demonstrates that…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
July 25, 2018
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Can Your Staff Pass the TJC Evaluation? Read Our Tips For Designing a Program.

The mission of The Joint Commission (TJC) is “to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” It’s a lofty goal, and one that has helped thousands of healthcare

Shift Value-Based Care Focus from Volume to Quality. Read More.

Changes in reimbursement models are driving changes in operations, including data collection and reporting. Providers are being encouraged and incentivized to implement value-based care (VBC) that emphasizes cost savings and quality outcomes instead of the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement model that pays according to the number of procedures performed. The idea is that when hospitals

Six Guidelines to Engage Surgeons in Your OR

Sometimes a few fundamental changes can breathe new life into an existing process and, as a result, enhance the performance of your surgeons and staff. Even if your routine is working relatively well, service line changes in your operating room can achieve improved results, such as higher levels of surgeon satisfaction and patient care quality,

New service lines can create opportunities for ORs Ahead Of Print

As hospital administrators face shrinking operating margins, OR leaders are being called upon to create innovative approaches for boosting revenue. Adding a new service line is one option, but it carries both risks and rewards. Only by careful analysis and follow-through can OR leaders hope to tip the balance to…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 23, 2018
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How do you handle social determinants?

Social and demographic factors play a huge role in any patient’s overall health and recovery from surgery. When treating patients who lack health insurance, family support, or language/literacy skills—among many other possible disadvantages—providing safe patient care can extend well beyond clinical aspects. OR managers and their staffs may take on…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 23, 2018
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Full-scale mockup clears path to efficient new ORs

Anyone who has been involved in an OR design and construction project knows it is a labor-intensive, time-consuming effort—and usually far from seamless. There’s almost always something no one thinks of until it is too late, and the staff must learn to live with the flaws. But a multidisciplinary team…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 23, 2018
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Editorial

Value-based payment (VBP) models of patient care have not been shown to effectively reduce healthcare costs, according to a recent report from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). But that conclusion comes with several caveats, such as: • It’s too soon to have data on programs like the Medicare Shared…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 23, 2018
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Elevate your emotional intelligence at OR Manager Conference

The old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is worth adopting as a daily mantra to offset the pressures of the OR environment. Each year, the OR Manager Conference ends on an upbeat note with an inspirational and often humorous closing session. This year’s presentation, on Wednesday, September 19, is…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 23, 2018
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Change PAT protocols to improve patient throughput

Preadmission testing (PAT) has been shown to reduce day-of-surgery delays and unnecessary testing that drive up the cost of healthcare. But it takes time and patience to put an effective PAT process in place. Sharon Ulep, MBB, CMCA, CPHQ, principal for healthcare strategy and consulting, Plante Moran, Southfield, Michigan, who…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 23, 2018
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In its eighth year, the OR Business Management Conference is the premier educational conference for operating room business managers, directors, and perioperative professionals and leaders to learn about the latest best practices in business operations and management. Agenda tracks include: Finance and Analytics Leadership Performance Improvement & Quality Supply/Inventory Management Technology

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Join OR Manager and Surgical Directions in this one-day boot camp to discuss the rapidly growing ambulatory surgery market and its impact on the performance of traditional hospitals. We'll be discussing what's trending in the industry now, including topics on : Understanding leading growth factors in the outpatient surgery market, Finding Growth Opportunities in the Outpatient Market, and Migrating your Clinical Protocols from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. We’ll get to the heart of these important industry highlights, and dive deeper into strategies for moving forward!

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Perioperative leaders from across the nation will gather in Nashville for three days of workshops, breakout sessions and keynote presentations dedicated to developing necessary skills and advanced practices in the OR and ASC. Earn CEs from educational sessions, exhibit hall seminars and poster presentations while networking with perioperative leaders who have solved the challenges you face each day or are working through them currently. Click here to learn more!

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The OR Manager Virtual Career Fair easily connects you – in real time – with employers seeking to hire top talent in the healthcare industry from the comfort of your home or office via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you're an employer, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with active job seekers. For employer information, click here.

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The Chief Nursing Officer will be instrumental in the execution of necessary changes while focusing on achieving the goal of The Triple Aim. Strategies being debated include: Creating an environment that attracts talent and aggressively screening labor from alternative markets, as well as, developing curriculum and tools to enhance the skills of healthcare professionals where emerging technologies are being employed. These issues enhance quality patient care which is the key responsibility driving a CNO's success.

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AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition, July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, D.C., is the leading education event and the central meeting place for providers, academics, affiliates, and vendors working in all facets of healthcare supply chain. Join us at AHRMM17 to connect with people, and explore the products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare. You can expect four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, vendor presentations on the latest technology and products, and face-to-face networking with supply chain and materials management directors and managers, chief financial and resource officers, contract administrators, military logisticians and operating room buyers.

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The OR Manager Virtual Career Fair easily connects you – in real time – with employers seeking to hire top talent in the healthcare industry from the comfort of your home or office via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you're an employer, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with active job seekers. For employer information, click here.

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Join PACU leaders from across the nation for three days of intense educational workshop and breakout sessions, as well as keynote presentations in sunny Orlando, Florida! Earn your CEs while networking with your peers and with solution providers from exhibitors offering the latest technologies and solutions to meet your needs. You will receive the same high-quality education designed specifically for managers and above that is tailored to the PACU. Click here to learn more!

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As healthcare migrates from volume- to value-based payment, facilities need to adapt their perioperative governance structure and clinical processes to succeed. Join OR Manager for a one-day workshop that will provide the metrics to create a bundled payments implementation plan you need to transition to value-based patient care. Click here to learn more!

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Perioperative leaders from across the nation will gather in Orlando for three days of workshops, breakout sessions and keynote presentations dedicated to developing necessary skills and advanced practices in the OR and ASC. Earn CEs from educational sessions, exhibit hall seminars and poster presentations while networking with perioperative leaders who have solved the challenges you face each day or are working through them currently. Click here to learn more!

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This interactive event is an opportunity for OR business management to increase their knowledge of OR processes, develop critical skills, and network with colleagues. The 2018 event will be held January 30-February 2 in San Antonio, TX. Click here to register or submit a proposal to speak!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Contact Nancy Iannotta at niannotta@accessintel.com or 203-899-8429.

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