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July 2019
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Staff input enriches labor benchmarking data

Labor is the most important resource in an OR and must be used effectively to maintain the financial health of an organization and the well-being of patients. “OR leaders need data tools to manage their labor dollars. How do you know if you are doing it well?” asks Sharon Ulep,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Hats on! How ASC administrators manage multiple roles

It is not unusual for OR leaders to perform many different roles: Boss, mentor, coach, facilitator, or participant, to name some. Administrators in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) likewise are tasked with many different responsibilities, often shifting among multiple roles within the same day. With the rapid growth in volume and…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
June 18, 2019
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Variation in physicians’ EHR documentation linked to patient safety

Editor's Note Physician-to-physician variation in electronic health record (EHR) documentation could result in patient harm and clinical inefficiencies, this study finds. The study by University of Michigan researchers included EHR data from 170,332 encounters led by 809 physicians in 237 practices and interviews with 40 physicians in 10 practices. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 17, 2019
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Joint Commission evaluating revisions to USP General Chapter <797>

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 12 announced that it is reviewing the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) revisions to its General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding−Sterile Preparations. The Joint Commission is evaluating the effect of the revisions on its accredited organizations and plans to issue guidance and updated survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Hospital staffing models associated with failure to rescue rates

Editor's Note Hospitals with low failure to rescue (FTR) rates had significantly more staffing resources than hospitals with high FTR rates, this study finds. In this analysis of 44,567 surgical patients in the Michigan Quality Surgical Collaborative, hospital FTR rates across low, middle and high tertiles were 8.9%, 16.5%, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Bling vs. Benefits: Key Considerations for New Technology Acquisition

After this session you'll be able to: Describe strategies to streamline purchasing considerations for new technology. Explain key components essential for clinical and business justification for purchasing of new cutting-edge technologies. Discuss common barriers and successful solutions for new technology purchases. Why this is important: Groundbreaking technologies are often multifaceted,…

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Missouri hospitals report all-time-high employee turnover

Editor's Note Missouri hospitals reported an all-time-high employee turnover rate of 19.5% this year in a report released by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Among the positions with the highest turnover rates: sterile processing technicians, 20.4% surgical technicians, 16.0% staff nurses, 15.2% physician assistants, 15.2%. Hospitals and other stakeholders are…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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CMS seeking comments on Patients over Paperwork initiative

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced June 6 that it is seeking new ideas on how to continue the progress of its Patients over Paperwork initiative. The initiative, which was launched in fall of 2017, has already cut the “red tape” that weighs down the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2019
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Hospital employment up 3,000 jobs in May

Editor's Note US hospitals added 3,000 jobs in May to a seasonally adjusted 5,231,600, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported June 7. That’s up 103,100 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 390,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate remained at a 50-year low…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 11, 2019
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Estimating cost of physician burnout in the US

Editor's Note There is a substantial economic value for policy and organizational expenditures for physician burnout reduction programs, this study finds. A conservative base-case model estimates that about $4.6 billion in costs is attributable to physician burnout each year in the US because of physician turnover and reduced clinical hours.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2019
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Association of changes to Hospital Readmission Reduction Program with changes in penalties

Editor's Note Stratification of hospitals in Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) was associated with a significant shift in hospital penalties for excess readmissions, this study finds. Beginning in FY 2019, Medicare is stratifying hospitals into five peer groups based on the proportions of each hospital’s patient population that is…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2019
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New Manager Boot Camp: Managing Money and Projects

After this session you'll be able to: Identify tools for development of capital, operating and staff budgets. Explain the requirements for management of contracts and contract services. Develop plans for management of projects. Why this is important: Both financial and project management are core competencies for OR leaders - ones…

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