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Disruptive innovation in supply chain: Impact of Amazon Business and technology, Part 1

Supply chain is the lifeblood of the OR, so any disruption in the flow of that lifeblood can lead to outcomes ranging from dissatisfaction with backorders to chaos if a new implant doesn’t arrive on time. But disruption also can be a positive force, especially if it supports flow. When…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 14, 2019
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Editorial

Early in a new year, there’s a tendency to reflect on how past events might inform the future. The January issue of OR Manager looked at 2018 legislative changes and their potential impact on healthcare. In just the past few weeks, several legal and financial actions have already changed the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 14, 2019
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Early 'victories' forecast bright future for business awardee

Each year at the OR Business Management Conference, an outstanding leader receives the Best in OR Business Award. The 2019 award will be presented to Tracy Raymond, MHA, BHA, CRCST, CHL, perioperative services business manager at Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center (formerly Presence Saint Joseph), a 480-bed hospital in…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 14, 2019
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Comprehensive ROI pitch helps to procure OR equipment

Multiple requests for new equipment and technology—usually from surgeons but also sometimes from staff—are not uncommon. As part of their due diligence, OR leaders must determine whether the return on investment (ROI) justifies the purchase. Doing ROI calculations systematically—and involving key stakeholders—can help ensure that the organization makes the best…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 14, 2019
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Surgical VAC mines new software for deeper look at products

After transitioning from a paper-based data and operations management system to one that uses relational database software, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) in Burlington, Massachusetts, saved more than $1 million in product purchases in 2017. The surgical value analysis committee (VAC) evaluated 150 product requests and managed the conversion…

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By: Robert Dolan, MD,, Kristen Murphy, MBA, and Edward Aiello
January 14, 2019
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Bling vs. Benefits: Key Considerations for New Technology Acquisition

After this session you'll be able to: Describe strategies to streamline purchasing considerations for new technology. Explain key components essential for clinical and business justification for purchasing of new cutting-edge technologies. Discuss common barriers and successful solutions for new technology purchases. Why this is important: Groundbreaking technologies are often multifaceted,…

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2019 Medicare final payment rule brings big wins for ASCs

The holiday spirit got off to a good start at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country with the November 2, 2018, announcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Final Rule. Several significant changes ASCs had…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
January 14, 2019
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Reduced readmissions credited to HRRP overstated

Editor's Note Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which penalizes readmissions for several targeted conditions, has been credited with lowering readmission rates; however, these reductions now appear to be overstated, this study finds. A concurrent change in electronic transaction standards that increased diagnostic coding allowed hospitals to document a larger…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2019
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Healthcare executives investing more in data analytics, AI

Editor's Note A survey by NewVantage Partners finds that 77% of healthcare executives are increasing investments in big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the January 4 HealthIT Analytics. Disruptive forces and industry competitors are the major motivators for the increase. Nearly 80% of data analytics leaders say…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2019
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CMS underpaid hospitals by $76.8 billion in 2017

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) underpaid hospitals by $76.8 billion in 2017, according to data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals. Medicare underpayments totaled $53.9 billion, and Medicaid underpayments were $22.9 billion. Hospitals also provided $38.4 billion in uncompensated care, the January…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 7, 2019
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December healthcare employment highest in decades

Editor's Note US healthcare added 50,200 jobs in December to a seasonally adjusted 16,213,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 4. That is up 346,000 more employees than a year ago, and the highest since 1990. The overall unemployment rate rose by 0.2% to 3.9%.  

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By: Judy Mathias
January 7, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

New Manager Boot Camp: Managing Money and Projects

After this session you'll be able to: Identify tools for development of capital, operating and staff budgets. Explain the requirements for management of contracts and contract services. Develop plans for management of projects. Why this is important: Both financial and project management are core competencies for OR leaders - ones…

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