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Study provides first standardized estimates of OR costs

Editor's Note Using financial data from California’s short-term and specialty hospitals from FY 2005 to FY 2014, researchers from the UCLA School of Medicine provide the first standardized estimates of OR costs. The analysis, which focused on two revenue centers--surgery/recovery and ambulatory surgery--found that the mean cost of OR time…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2018
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CMS extends deadline for eCQM data, EHR incentive program submission

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that they now have until March 16 to attest for Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program requirements for CY 2017 and to submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2018
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Effect of ACOs on surgical care among racial, ethnic minorities

Editor's Note In this study, researchers found persistent differences in the surgical care of racial and ethnic minorities despite the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which were expected to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to surgical services. Rates of surgical interventions in the ACO cohort were significantly lower…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 26, 2018
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How many different procedures are right for your ASC?

When launching a new ambulatory surgery center (ASC), owners must consider a myriad of issues—financing, design, building construction or purchase, regulatory compliance, certification, staffing, and marketing. Underlying all of these considerations are which procedures the center will provide and whether the ASC will be single specialty, like gastrointestinal (GI) or…

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By: Leslie Flowers
February 22, 2018
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NPDB launches hospital attestation initiative

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 14 announced that the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) has launched a new initiative for US hospitals to complete their attestation when renewing their NPDB registrations. The NPDB is a repository of reports on medical malpractice payments and adverse actions related to healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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2016 OR Business Management Conference

The 2016 OR Business Management Conference will take place February 21-24, 2016, at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale in Glendale, AZ. This interactive, informative conference provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date operating room (OR) practices, develop ways to optimize efficiencies in surgical services, and network with…

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CMS grants exceptions to ASCs in areas affected by natural disasters

Editor's Note Because of the impact of several recent natural disasters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs in affected areas, the February 12 ASCA News reports. Exceptions include: ASCs in two California counties affected by wildfires ASCs located…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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Neurosurgical products market poised for growth

Editor's Note Wise Guy Reports predicts the global market for neurosurgical products will see a 10.5% compound annual growth rate through 2023 because of the growing availability of neurosurgical devices and increasing popularity of minimally invasive surgeries, the February 9 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Key players in the market, which…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2018
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Budget deal includes big changes for healthcare

Editor's Note The US Congress on February 9 passed a budget deal that will have a significant impact across nearly every sector of the healthcare industry, the March 9 Business Insider reports. Among the initiatives are: $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health $6 billion to combat the opioid…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2018
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Colorectal ERP improves outcomes, lowers costs despite use of expensive drugs

Editor's Note Implementation of an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) for colorectal surgical patients substantially reduced length of stay, total hospital costs, and direct pharmacy costs without increasing complications or readmission rates in this study. The study, which included 160 colorectal patients before ERP was implemented and 146 patients after implementation,…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 6, 2018
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Healthcare adds 21,500 jobs in October

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose in January to a seasonally adjusted 15,888,400 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on February 2. That’s 20,600 more workers than in December and 294,900 more than a year ago. ESTABLISHMENT DATA Table B-1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry sector…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 5, 2018
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Surgical Business Trend Watch: Chronicles from Three Innovative Programs

OR Business Management Track: This panel of experts in innovation will highlight business trends in surgical services departments. Three cutting-edge entrepreneurial projects were chosen to showcase their trials and triumphs in this dynamic workshop. You’ll go behind the curtain to hear about the projects’ pros, cons, and current statuses. •…

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