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April 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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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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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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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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ASCs react to 2019 regulatory changes

Each year, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) adapt to numerous federal regulatory policy reforms. As an example, since 2012, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program ASCs had been asking for, ASCs have reported data for a changing set of…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
February 20, 2019
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Use of regional anesthesia in ambulatory arthroscopic knee surgery and ACL reconstruction

Editor's Note Adductor canal nerve block (ACB) provides modest analgesic benefits after ambulatory arthroscopic knee surgery, including improved relief for rest pain for 8 hours and reduced opioid consumption for 24 hours, this meta-analysis finds. However, ACB did not provide any analgesic benefits and did not improve any outcomes, compared…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2019
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Joint Commission seeks comments on new antimicrobial stewardship requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 9 announced that it is seeking feedback on its newly proposed requirements for antimicrobial stewardship at Medication Management (MM) standard MM.09.01.03. The requirements apply to ambulatory healthcare organizations and office-based surgery practices. The proposed requirements align with current recommendations from scientific and professional…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2019
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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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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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