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Orthopedic experts urge caution when starting total knee service lines

Total joint replacements contribute hefty profits to hospitals and healthcare systems. Once the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) starts reimbursing surgery centers—as is done for hospital outpatient surgery departments (HOPDs)—the competition between hospitals, HOPDs, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will intensify. “Total joints are the hot ticket in…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
December 13, 2018
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CMS: New online tool compares cost differences for outpatient procedures

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 27 launched a new online tool that compares Medicare payments and co-payments for certain outpatient surgical procedures performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The “Procedure Price Lookup” tool will help Medicare patients consider potential cost differences when…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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Advise and collect: Helping patients pay for surgery

Long gone are the days when employer-based health insurance covered most, if not all, of patients’ healthcare bills. Insurance companies and employers expect individuals to pay a larger chunk of healthcare costs themselves. The 2018 benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Employer Health Benefits Survey found that “a quarter (26%) of…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
November 14, 2018
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AAAHC launches 3-year Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announced on October 25 that it has launched an Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) performing total joints and spine procedures. The 3-year certification program was designed by an expert panel of practicing orthopaedic and spine professionals…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2018
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Joint Commission Resources offers new survey readiness guide for surgical settings

Editor's Note  Joint Commission Resources on October 24 announced the availability of a new accreditation prep guide specific for surgical settings. “Survey Readiness Guide for Surgical Settings: Standards, Tracers, and Tools” is a self-assessment tool that includes all relevant Joint Commission accreditation standards and provides an overview of the survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2018
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Episode of Care: Managing the Unique Supply Chain Needs of the ASC

After this session you'll be able to: 1. Compare and contrast the traditional ambulatory surgery center with a multi-licensed facility. 2. Describe the unique supply chain needs of a multi-licensed ASC. 3. Identify supply chain models that can be implemented in both a multi-licensed ASC and a traditional ASC. Why…

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Leapfrog Group expands ratings to outpatient surgery settings

Editor's Note The Leapfrog Group announced October 16 that it would expand its public reporting to outpatient settings. For the first time, Leapfrog will collect quality and safety data on ambulatory surgery centers through a new voluntary survey, and hospital outpatient surgery departments will report data through a new section…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2018
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Early action advised to achieve better OAS CAHPS responses

Mandatory implementation of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey (OAS CAHPS) originally scheduled for 2018 has been delayed, but that does not mean it should be ignored, say ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders. The earliest projected date when the survey could become mandatory…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
October 18, 2018
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Joint Commission deletes PI standard for ASCs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced October 10 that accredited, deemed-status ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will no longer be required to collect data on medical necessity and appropriateness of procedures (PI.01.01.01, EP 21), effective July 1, 2019. The Joint Commission developed the performance improvement (PI) standard to align with the…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2018
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ASC leaders' satisfaction dips as salaries increase slightly

Leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are less satisfied than they were a year ago, according to the OR Manager 2018 Salary/Career Survey. In 2017, 83% were satisfied with their current job or position, compared with 77% this year. Other areas where satisfaction dipped by five percentage points or more…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2018
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What are the top challenges for today's ASC leaders?

We asked some top ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders, including members of OR Manager’s Editorial Advisory Board, to identify the top challenges ASC leaders are facing. Here are their responses. We believe you will see some of your own challenges reflected in their comments.   Mary Stewart, MSN, BSN, RN…

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By: Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
September 20, 2018
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

ASC Safety Begins With Preadmission and Patient Selection

After this session you'll be able to: Define the role of the preadmission department ? what it is and what it is not. Develop criteria for patient selection based on available resources to mitigate your organizational risk. Describe how a solid preadmission and patient selection process can provide an essential…

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