Ambulatory Surgery

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December 2022
Home Ambulatory Surgery

Bundled payments: A win-win-win approach for ASCs

Healthcare costs in the US have increased exponentially in recent years. Surgical procedures are especially costly. Cost control without sacrificing high quality care is the ultimate goal for many surgical practices and payers. Alternative practices and payment models have been explored to meet this goal. Episode-based payments, more commonly known…

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By: Uyen Vo, BSN, MBA
August 19, 2022
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ISMP publishes new perioperative medication safety guidelines

Editor's Note The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) on August 11 announced the publication of its first set of safe practice guidelines to support perioperative medication safety in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other procedural locations. The new guidelines: Address best practices related to labeling and storage of perioperative…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 18, 2022
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Survey: Most hospitals, health systems are increasing investment in ASCs

Editor's Note In this annual survey published by Avanza Healthcare Strategies and titled “2021–2022 Hospital Leadership ASC Survey,” senior healthcare executives and clinical leaders shared insights into hospital-owned and hospital-physician joint venture ambulatory surgery center (ASC) trends. The responses show that “hospitals and health systems of all sizes are expanding…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
August 16, 2022
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Pediatric SSIs after ambulatory surgery

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, New York, finds that morbidity is also associated with surgical site infections (SSIs) after ambulatory surgery in children. Of 65,056 patients analyzed and 13, 795 chart reviews, 45 SSIs were identified after pediatric ambulatory surgery. The weighted…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2022
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August is National ASC Month

Editor's Note Designated by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), August is National ASC Month. It is an opportunity for ASC’s to raise awareness of their facilities and services. ASCA suggests that ASCs host a facility tour and invite state representatives. In recognition of the month, AORN is offering free…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2022
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Tips to prepare for AAAHC accreditation

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has been accrediting ambulatory healthcare facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), for more than 40 years, with some 6,100 accredited organizations. A top philosophy of AAAHC is “1095 Strong,” which emphasizes the importance of integrating quality practices throughout a facility’s 1,095 days…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
July 26, 2022
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CMS issues proposed rule for hospital outpatient, ASC payment rates for CY 2023

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 15 released its Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule that would raise rates by a net 2.7% in CY 2023. This update is based on the projected hospital market basket percentage increase of 3.1%, reduced by 0.4%…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2022
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CMS physician fee schedule proposes 4.43% cut in 2023

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule for 2023, “which suggests further cuts to physician pay while inflation and the cost of running an independent practice continue to rise,” Becker’s ASC Review July 8 reports. The proposed rule would…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 8, 2022
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Justice Department showing closer inspection of ASC, anesthesia provider arrangements

Editor's Note According to a June 20 article published by JDSupra from law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, recent government action out of the Justice Department involving ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and anesthesia provider arrangements points "to a need to carefully vet these partnerships,” Becker’s ASC Review June 21…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 6, 2022
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CMS updates ASC guidance, revisions for surveyors

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently updated its State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix L—Guidance for Surveyors: Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), making conforming revisions to the regulatory tags and interpretive guidelines, as well as clarifications and technical corrections to other guidance areas including medical history…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 6, 2022
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