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Healthcare and self-care dovetail as themes at business conference

More than 350 surgical services leaders from across the US gathered at the OR Business Management Conference in Glendale, Arizona, in February to learn strategies for managing both healthcare and self-care. Attendees came away inspired by thought-provoking keynotes and ready to implement ideas sparked by interactive sessions, exhibitors, and their…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 17, 2016
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ERAS improves outcomes, shortens length of stay

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are gaining ground with recent data showing that they improve outcomes. The programs consist of multidisciplinary, evidence-based protocols implemented in the perioperative period to provide standardized patient care. Like other changes in healthcare delivery, adopting ERAS programs takes time and effort. Despite positive results…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 17, 2016
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Editorial

Many new healthcare payment models have cropped up in recent years, all with an eye toward rewarding providers for quality of service. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started a Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) pilot with voluntary participation from numerous US facilities. Under BPCI,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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OR Manager Conference keynote makes compelling case for compassion in patient care

Someone who literally owes his life to healthcare workers will share his remarkable experience and inspiration during this year’s annual OR Manager Conference. Marcus Engel, author of The Other End of the Stethoscope and several other books, will be the opening keynote speaker at the conference, which takes place September…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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Committee saves over $1 million through cost conscious initiatives

Creating a “Cost Conscious Culture Committee” helped Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland shave more than $1.8 million in operating costs from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2015. Not only that, but during 2015, MMC’s perioperative services leaders were also involved in a $40 million expansion project…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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Advance preparation tends to waste many absorbable hemostatic agents

Results of a recent survey suggest that a great deal of unnecessary product waste could be avoided if OR nurses changed their approach to using absorbable hemostatic agents. The survey, administered electronically to 200 US registered nurses in late 2014, found that 62% of respondents prepared absorbable hemostatic agents before…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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Post-OR career path may lead to business opportunity - Part 2

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is an exciting first step in launching a new career, but ensuring the success of that career requires several other steps. Part 1 of this series on entrepreneurship (OR Manager, March 2016, pp 1, 11-13) explored several self-assessment strategies for making the decision to take…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 17, 2016
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Two hospitals face value-based payment - which one does your OR resemble?

H ealthcare trends come and go, but one that shows no signs of stopping is value-based payment. Just this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replace-ment (CCJR) model, which mandates bundled payment for two of the most common surgical procedures in the…

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By: Jeffry Peters, MBA
March 17, 2016
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Ophthalmic ASCs have eyes on the prize as the specialty expands

Each year, 3 million Americans have cataracts removed, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Between the aging population and the increasing number of cataract procedures being performed, it’s not surprising that ophthalmology has led the way in specialties that are moving to the outpatient setting.…

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By: Paula DeJohn
March 17, 2016
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