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Save the Date for OR Business Management Conference 2025

Editor's Note After three days of education and networking last week at the 2024 OR Business Management Conference (ORMBC) last week, we’ve already got our sights set on next year. Mark your calendar for February 9-12, 2025, for another chance to hone in on OR profitability at the 13th iteration…

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By: Matt Danford
February 9, 2024
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Session: How to make the case for a robotic services line

Editor's Note Robotic surgery can improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies and turnover time, but only if it’s done right. In a conference session yesterday,  Michelle Toder, MD offered insights, best practices, and lessons learned during two decades of experience in pioneering robotic applications in weight loss and…

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By: Matt Danford
February 8, 2024
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Session: Imminent supply chain disruptors—What's your business continuity plan?

Editor's Note “Can cost and resiliency co-exist?” Michael Schiller, CMRP, executive director (interim) of the Association for Healthcare Resources and Materials Management—a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association—asked this session’s audience on the last day of the OR Business Management Conference. “They can co-exist,” he said, “but resiliency…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 8, 2024
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Session: How value-based care will impact surgical services

Editor's Note Understanding the impact of value-based care on the surgical suite (VBC) will be essential for hospitals to understand as payers begin to seek partners in new payment models. In a conference session yesterday, Lauren Cricchi, associate principal, financial services at Avalere Healthcare and Katie Sullivan, senior vice president,…

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By: Matt Danford
February 7, 2024
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Session: What are the legal implications of AI in healthcare?

Editor's Note How will healthcare regulators deal with artificial intelligence? How will malpractice law change, and who will be liable for harm derived from AI diagnosis and treatment recommendations? What can be done about bias in AI? Even amid a surge in algorithms cleared by the FDA, all of these…

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By: Matt Danford
February 7, 2024
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Session: Leadership training skills designed for future performance

Editor's Note What are some key components of effective leadership? Understanding the complexity of team dynamics, displaying emotional intelligence—especially in difficult situations, and embracing socialization. Lieutenant Colonel Shari Bowen, assistant professor, department of behavioral sciences and leadership, at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York, broke down these…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 7, 2024
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Session: OR optimization driven by more than just data

Editor's Note For Northwell Health University System, a large hospital system in New York state, saving millions in OR expenses in just a few years’ time was possible not just through meticulous analytics, but also cultural transformation. This was among the chief conclusions of a session led by Adam Becker,…

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By: Matt Danford
February 6, 2024
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Session: Strategy to reduce temporary labor expense

Editor's Note “How many of you are still struggling with staffing?” Tammy Straub, MSN, RN, APRN, CNOR, administrator of perioperative services at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, asked attendees of this session. Everyone in the room raised their hands. Straub and Alexandre Warman, MBA, CEBA, administrator of perioperative business…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 6, 2024
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Session: Outpatient surgery trends—What’s on the horizon?

Editor's Note Why do robotics matter? Jamie Clow, senior analyst and partner at Cleveland Research Company in Ohio, opened this session with that question, spurring an insightful deep dive into key trends in the orthopedic landscape with a focus on robotics and enabling technology. “There can be some fatigue around…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 6, 2024
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Keynote: Staffing models built for the future—Improving efficiencies and profitability of the surgical suite

Editor's Note The future landscape of perioperative nursing and how healthcare organizations are addressing workforce shortages—particularly through the engagement of temporary staff and travelers—make up an intricate puzzle. Karen Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nurse executive at UCLA Health, will close the OR Business Management Conference by raising…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 5, 2024
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