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Salary remains flat as volume increases for OR leaders

OR leaders face an increasing number of stresses, ranging from pressure to trim already lean budgets to searching for staff who could potentially replace them as they contemplate retirement. At the same time, OR leaders’ salaries remain flat, according to results from the 2016 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Respondents…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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Bundled payments: Part and parcel of value-based care

Government and third-party payers are pushing for value-based, rather than volume-based, models of care, yet few hospitals are moving that direction, a survey shows. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that half of hospitals’ payments be value based by 2018, according to a 2016 Health Catalyst survey…

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September 2, 2016
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Editorial

The shift toward value-based payment has gained some momentum with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) July 25 announcement of a proposed cardiac bundled payment model. Under the proposal, 98 randomly selected metropolitan areas would become accountable for the cost and quality of care related to coronary artery…

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September 2, 2016
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OR Manager of the Year inspires staff to excel

Consistently striving for excellence and creating a climate of continuous improvement are two drivers of success for Patricia Jean Ljubi, MBA, BA, RN, the 2016 OR Manager of the Year. Ljubi is director of clinical and perioperative services at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in Chardon, Ohio. As part of…

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September 2, 2016
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Preventing a cyber attack takes commitment—and money

Information technology (IT) has been a lifesaver and a timesaver in healthcare, bringing speed and precision to medical-surgical procedures and replacing paperwork with electronic computation, storage, and communication. But there is a dark side. Systems can be sabotaged, files can be opened, and devices used in surgery can fail at…

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September 2, 2016
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Survey: OR staff low in volume, experience, engagement—Part 1

OR managers might yearn for a past when a well-staffed team of experienced RNs and surgical technologists were committed heart and soul to their jobs, but it’s clear that idyllic time is gone, if indeed, it ever really existed. Most managers now face a triple threat in staffing trends, any…

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September 2, 2016
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Three steps forward: Designing a superior sterile processing system

It is easy to overlook the sizable effort required to ensure that instrumentation and supplies are available to surgeons in the OR when needed, in the right amount, and in the right condition. Though sterile processing may not be the most glamorous element of a hospital or surgery center, it…

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September 2, 2016
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Survey finds little change in ASC leader compensation, satisfaction

Leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are seeing little to no growth in salary, even through most are experiencing higher surgical volumes, according to the OR Manager 2016 Salary/Career Survey. The average annual salary was $104,721, slightly more than the $102,051 in 2015, but the average total compensation was down…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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