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Report: Global ASC market projected to hit $130.6 billion by 2031

Editor's Note According to a June 28 report from Future Market Insights, the global ambulatory surgery center (ASC) market is projected to hit $130.6 billion by 2031, Becker’s ASC Review June 29 reports. The projection considers a 3.9% compound annual growth rate from the $85.4 billion total the global ASC…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 30, 2022
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Improving endoscope precleaning workflows

Editor's Note Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, gathered an interdisciplinary team to organize a safe and time efficient precleaning workflow for their fast-paced GI clinic that decreased time spent precleaning by 50%. The researchers identified inadequate precleaning processes, including staff who did not follow…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2022
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Machine learning models predict ambulatory surgery end time, PACU discharge

Editor's Note In this study from the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, researchers developed a machine learning model that improved the ability to predict surgery end times and PACU discharge at a range of start times in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Of 13,447 surgical procedures analyzed, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2022
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Inflation in the US has recently hit a 40-year high of 8.6%, and according to Becker’s ASC Review, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are hurting from “soaring inflation costs.” Labor, supply, and equipment costs are going up, but reimbursement rates remain low. “From equipment to supplies to staffing, expenses continue to…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Staffing, supply chain, lack of reimbursements are top issues for ASC leaders

Editor's Note Becker’s ASC Review June 15 featured interviews with 17 ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders to discuss their day-to-day challenges. The most pressing issues that emerged were staffing concerns (11 out of the 17 interviewed cited staffing), supply chain obstacles, and mitigating rising costs against less reimbursements. Here are…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 21, 2022
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CMS citation trends show infection control in top 10 cited areas

Editor's Note According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality, Certification, and Oversight Reports (QCOR) page, which gives the public access to citation frequency reports, infection control was a top area of focus for CMS surveyors in 2021, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association journal ASC Focus June…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 17, 2022
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Physician compensation, productivity at physician-owned practices on the rise

Editor's Note New research from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), via the 2022 edition of MGMA DataDive Provider Compensation, revealed that compensation for all physicians is on the rise, PR Newswire May 24 reports. The data comprises more than 192,000 providers across more than 7,700 physician-owned and hospital-owned organizations…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 13, 2022
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Joint Commission-accredited ASCs report increased return on investment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission reported on June 1 that a new independent study of 161 Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) finds that for each dollar invested in accreditation, an organization has that dollar returned along with an additional $6.28 in benefits. Key areas of financial return include: Revenue,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Arjo Sara Plus lift

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 27 identified the recall of the ArjoHuntleigh Polska Sara Plus floor lift as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk of smoke or fire if the lift is used when the battery is low.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2022
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Five things to ask distributors about ASCs

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve with impacts shifting over time, some of the changes it brought to healthcare—specifically the OR—may be permanent. One trend it accelerated: the rise in new ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), which specialize in elective or same-day outpatient surgical procedures. While this trend was largely…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 24, 2022
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