Ambulatory Surgery

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June 2019
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Cardiology services: The next wave in ASCs?

Many experts see cardiovascular (CV) care as the next wave in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and a hybrid office-based lab (OBL)/ASC model is gaining momentum across the country. Robert J. Zasa, MSHHA, FACMPE, president and CEO of Ambulatory Systems Development, LLC, in Incline Village, Nevada, sees the hybrid arrangement as…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
May 17, 2019
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Accreditation team launches new campaign

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 8 announced that its Ambulatory Care Accreditation team is launching a "We Know Surgery" campaign to highlight its 45-year history accrediting ambulatory care organizations. The campaign, which is being launched in conjunction with the Ambulatory Surgery Centers Association (ASCA) conference in Nashville May…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2019
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Joint Commission announces updates to E-dition

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on April 24 announced that it will be posting spring 2019 updates to the E-dition® of its accreditation and certification manuals in May. The changes, which can be viewed on an organization’s Joint Commission Connect® extranet site, will go into effect July 1 unless otherwise…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2019
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Vigilance best protects ASCs from workplace violence

Violence is a fact of life in healthcare settings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that, on average, healthcare workers are four times as likely to be victimized as those in private industry. Most types of violent incidents involve patients or visitors acting out against staff, accounting for 93%…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
April 22, 2019
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Non-opioid pain management gaining favor in ASCs

Pressure to contain opioid overuse in the United States is at a boiling point. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that overdose deaths linked to opioid prescriptions have increased fivefold over the last two decades. To reduce reliance on opioid prescriptions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
March 15, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

An Offsite ASC’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Processes

After this session you’ll be able to: Define and implement a strong transfer protocol for an offsite ambulatory setting., Identify offsite challenges for emergency management., Design drill scenarios for regular review, practice, and cross-disciplinary debriefings. , Why this is important: Preparing for emergencies in offsite ASC settings has become more…

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ACDF can be performed safely in outpatient setting

Editor's Note Removal of multiple herniated or degenerative discs in the neck, known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), can be safely performed in an outpatient setting, finds this study presented March 13 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. Of 103 patients included in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2019
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Joint Commission moves THKR performance measures

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 6 announced that it is moving the inpatient and outpatient Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) implementation guides from the performance measure webpage to the 2019 Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures. The Manual was published in February. The move will…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 11, 2019
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Preop frailty linked to surgical outcomes

Editor's Note In this study of adult surgical patients across all ages, frailty was associated with higher postoperative rates of major illness and readmissions as well as increased costs. Of 14,530 patients (31.9% inpatient, 68.1% outpatient) analyzed, 3.4% had high frailty (5.3% of inpatients and 2.5% of outpatients). Compared with…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 6, 2019
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ASCA: CMS makes minor changes to Emergency Preparedness requirements for ASCs

Editor's Note The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) on February 26 announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Memorandum Summary with updates to Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual, which outlines the Emergency Preparedness requirements for CMS providers and suppliers. The primary change that affects…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 26, 2019
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Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed EP for office-based surgery practices using fluoroscopy

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 20 announced that it is seeking comments on a proposed element of performance (EP) for office-based surgery practices that provide fluoroscopy services. The new requirement−Environment of Care (EC) standard EC.02.02.01−addresses the monitoring of radiation exposure badges. The deadline for comments is March 29.

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By: Judy Mathias
February 21, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The “How-to’s” of Implementing a Unit-Based Competency Assessment Process

After this session you’ll be able to:   Discuss the overview of a new unit-based competency model., Describe the difference between initial and ongoing competency assessment processes., Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the new model for education and competency tracking.,   Why this is important:   Safe patient care…

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