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ECRI Institute issues free white paper on purchased services best practices

Editor's note The ECRI Institute on April 2 issued a free white paper on “5 Ways to Drive Savings and Quality on Your Purchased Services.” The 5 key areas to consider when developing a best practice process to evaluate purchased services, reduce spending, and make informed vendor selections are: Making…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2018
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Spinal fusion devices poised for growth

Editor's Note Transparency Market Research predicts the global spinal fusion devices market will reach more than $10.97 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.65%, the March 19 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Growth will be driven by the aging US population that is susceptible to degenerative spine…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2018
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ORBMC 2018 arms business leaders with best practices

San Antonio, Texas, played host to the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), attended by more than 400 surgical services leaders, business managers, and industry leaders from across the US. Attendees chose from a menu of topics—including strategies to increase case volume, efficiency, and data transparency, right-size the OR, and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 16, 2018
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Editorial

Mixed signals about the direction of healthcare reform, payment models, and policy decisions have characterized much of the past year. Given the number of highprofile personnel changes in the Trump Administration, the lack of continuity isn’t surprising. In recent days, however, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 16, 2018
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Management pearls position ASCs for successful growth

The rapid growth in outpatient procedures presents exciting opportunities for leaders at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), but also the challenge of accommodating a higher volume and more specialties without sacrificing efficiency and patient safety. That’s why it’s important not to lose sight of the fundamentals in managing an ASC, whether…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 16, 2018
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Readmissions, outcomes after perioperative AMI

Editor's Note In patients having noncardiac surgery who develop a perioperative acute myocardial infarction (AMI), about one in three died in-hospital or were readmitted within 30 days of discharge, finds this study presented March 10 at the 2018 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session. Among more than 3 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2018
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Inpatient surgery readmission trends during HRRP

Editor's Note Surgical readmission rates have declined in the past decade, and rates of decline increased during the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) period, this study finds. Between 2005 and 2014, rates of readmission across 8 targeted procedures declined from 12.2% to 8.6%. Before the Affordable Care Act, rates of readmission…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2018
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Analysis predicts growth for thoracolumbar spine devices market

Editor's Note A Technavio analysis predicts that the global market for thoracolumbar spine devices will see a compound annual growth rate of almost 4% through 2022, the March 1 Becker’s SpineReview reports. A major driver of the growth is the increasing prevalence of spinal disorders. The market was dominated in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2018
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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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