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Survey: Relatively flat compensation in an era of many stressors

Compensation has remained relatively flat for leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, even as leaders face ongoing stressors. This is reflected in the 40% of respondents who reported a total current annual compensation of $120,000 or more—unchanged from 2021. Ongoing stress is…

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By Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

CMS quality reporting update for ASCs

A lot has happened with ASC quality measure reporting in the last 2 years, especially this year, says Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, director, education and clinical affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA). Throneberry spoke at the ASCA annual conference in April. In the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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By Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN

Developing a surveillance program for SSIs in ASCs

The CDC’s healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey estimated that 110,800 surgical site infections (SSIs) were connected with inpatient procedures in 2015. As of 2020, Advancing Surgical Care reported that there are around 5,700 Medicare-certified ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in the US. Of these, only 6 states require ASCs to use…

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By Lauren McCaffrey

Survey: ASC leaders see staffing challenges with rising volume

Data and surveys

As organizations adapt to COVID-19 and the number of severe cases eases in many areas of the country, leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are seeing a significant uptick in volume of surgical procedures, according to the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than half (56%) reported increased volume in…

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By Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

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

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

Subscriber Content Editorial

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

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

Subscriber Content Best practices for ASCs: Cleaning in the COVID-19 era

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) rely on OR staff to clean the room during turnovers, sometimes contracting with outside firms to do terminal cleaning. As COVID-19 brings renewed attention to disinfection methods, ASC administrators may ask: What are the best methods to keep OR rooms clean? Since the pandemic began, the…

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By Jennifer Lubell

Subscriber Content Crash cart management best practices for ASCs

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are one of the fastest-growing and highest-margin segments of the healthcare industry. As ASCs continue to expand, facilities need to enhance their workflow processes and procedures to help divert staff more toward actual patient care. Crash cart management is an aspect for ASCs where time and…

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By Kelli Chambers

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