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ASCs adopt ‘Super Saturday’ strategy to clear surgery backlogs

Editor's Note Surgical backlog is still a challenge that many ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are currently working through. According to Becker’s ASC Review March 3, this backlog “could take years for some centers to recover from depending on the specialty and site of care” and has led some ASCs to…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
March 7, 2022
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4,500 physicians joined 3 ASC chains, 7 hospitals to open ASCs

Editor's Note According to the February 11 Becker’s ASC Review, three of the largest ambulatory surgery center (ASC) companies in the US added some 4,500 physicians to their staff in 2021. United Surgical Partners International (USPI), in Dallas reported adding more than 3,400 physicians last year, as well as 90…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 16, 2022
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Vital role of the central sterile department in ASCs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) on any given day. To help mitigate HAIs, implementing infection control procedures and policies, frequently performing hand hygiene by all staff and patients, and keeping the healthcare environment…

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By: Erica Smith, MBA
February 16, 2022
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ASCs sue over lack of spine surgery reimbursement

Editor's Note According to the February 2 Becker’s ASC Review, two ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) recently filed lawsuits against insurance payers over reimbursement, or lack thereof, for spinal procedures. Surgery Center of Viera, based in Melbourne, Florida, filed its lawsuit January 20 against Cigna and consulting services Strategic Enterprise Solutions…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 3, 2022
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Reducing OR time for elective procedures helps address staffing shortages

Editor's Note Reducing OR time availability at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, by 15% helped address a 30% staffing shortage caused by COVID-19, according to a study presented January 29 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ ADVANCE 2022, the Anesthesiology Business Event in Dallas. A five-phase approach was used, which included:…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 1, 2022
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Socioeconomic differences in telemedicine use for ambulatory surgical care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that Black patients used telemedicine platforms more often than White patients for ambulatory surgical care during Phase 2 of COVID-19. During Phase 1 (March 24 through June 23), there were 347 in-person and 638 virtual…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2022
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Trends in ambulatory care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, finds that the use of ambulatory care services between March 2020 and February 2021 increased after an initial decrease with the onset of COVID-19. However, the rate of increase was significantly lower for Medicaid and/or Medicare…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2022
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Are spinal procedures the wave of the future for ASCs?

Looking toward 2022, spine procedures are expected to drive growth and optimize performance in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Michael Ast, MD, chief medical innovation officer for HSS, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, can attest to this personally. A year ago, his father could not even walk up a…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
December 16, 2021
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Hospitals, ASCs face tough decisions in wake of vaccine mandates

Health systems across the country are enacting COVID-19 mandates to comply with a broad-sweeping federal requirement. Amid reports of high compliance rates, the mandate has triggered passionate and visceral responses on both sides of the debate. While some healthcare employees are eager to roll up their sleeves, others decry the…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
November 17, 2021
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CMS releases final Medicare payment rule for ASCs, HOPDs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on November 2, released its 2022 final payment rule for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). The final rule increases Medicare prospective payment system rates by a net 2.0%—a combination of a 2.7% inflation update based on…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2021
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