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Global orthopedics market set to grow

Editor's Note A GlobalData analysis predicts the global orthopedics market will reach $66.2 billion by 2023, with a compound annual growth rate of 3.8%, the March 2 Becker’s SpineReview reports. Among the key players in the market, which is dominated by spine devices, hip and knee implants, and trauma fixation…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 6, 2018
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Study: MIS vs open surgery in Medicare population

Editor's Note In this study led by Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) was associated with better outcomes than open procedures in the Medicare population. Of 233,984 Medicare patients who had one of seven common surgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 5, 2018
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Analysis predicts costs of adverse patient safety events

Editor's Note A Frost & Sullivan analysis shows adverse patient safety events will cost the US and western Europe $383.7 billion by 2022, the February 26 Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control reports. These adverse events will lead to an estimated 91.8 million patient hospital admissions and about 1.95 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 5, 2018
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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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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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