July 1, 2011

Benchmarking facility times for pain

By: Judith M. Mathias, RN, MA

Pain management procedures have exploded in ambulatory settings, just as GI endoscopy and cataract surgery did previously. More than 1.5 million low-back injections for the treatment of pain or mobility problems are conducted each year, and that number is expected to rise as the population ages. Injections for low back pain account for 6 of the top 20 ASC procedures, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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