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June 2018

ORBMC 2018 arms business leaders with best practices

San Antonio, Texas, played host to the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), attended by more than 400 surgical services leaders, business managers, and industry leaders from across the US. Attendees chose from a menu of topics—including strategies to increase case volume, efficiency, and data transparency, right-size the OR, and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 16, 2018
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Editorial

Mixed signals about the direction of healthcare reform, payment models, and policy decisions have characterized much of the past year. Given the number of highprofile personnel changes in the Trump Administration, the lack of continuity isn’t surprising. In recent days, however, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 16, 2018
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Can Your Staff Pass the TJC Evaluation? Read Our Tips For Designing a Program.

The mission of The Joint Commission (TJC) is “to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” It’s a lofty goal, and one that has helped thousands of healthcare

Shift Value-Based Care Focus from Volume to Quality. Read More.

Changes in reimbursement models are driving changes in operations, including data collection and reporting. Providers are being encouraged and incentivized to implement value-based care (VBC) that emphasizes cost savings and quality outcomes instead of the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement model that pays according to the number of procedures performed. The idea is that when hospitals

Six Guidelines to Engage Surgeons in Your OR

Sometimes a few fundamental changes can breathe new life into an existing process and, as a result, enhance the performance of your surgeons and staff. Even if your routine is working relatively well, service line changes in your operating room can achieve improved results, such as higher levels of surgeon satisfaction and patient care quality,

Instrument handling in the OR shines after SPD training

Improving teamwork between OR and sterile processing department (SPD) staff is an obvious way to increase the safety and efficiency of surgical procedures, but getting everyone on the same page can be challenging. Often the staff have limited understanding of what takes place in each respective department. Firsthand observation has…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2018
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Pledge makes positive culture a priority in the OR--Part 2

One of the most misunderstood and misused management buzzwords is “empowerment.” It is a noble thought that a manager can empower an employee, but only you can empower yourself, and once you have done that, no one can take that power away from you. Trying to empower someone who looks…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2018
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Management pearls position ASCs for successful growth

The rapid growth in outpatient procedures presents exciting opportunities for leaders at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), but also the challenge of accommodating a higher volume and more specialties without sacrificing efficiency and patient safety. That’s why it’s important not to lose sight of the fundamentals in managing an ASC, whether…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 16, 2018
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Residency program expands ranks of experienced PACU nurses

Just as nursing schools don’t include the operating room in their curriculums, they also don’t include any instruction on the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). And like the OR, the PACU is having trouble recruiting new nurses. In September 2015, Houston Methodist Hospital began a PACU residency program to train new…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
February 22, 2018
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR--Part 3

When Carol Schneider, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN, became manager of a postanesthesia care unit (PACU) at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, she found a plethora of problems, including poor communication skills, low employee engagement scores, and bullying from surgeons and staff. “It was a very bad climate that was putting…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 22, 2018
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Editorial

Creating a more harmonious work environment is a struggle for some OR leaders. Tips on how to achieve this were offered during the 2017 OR Manager Conference and the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), and we share some of these in the March issue. A dysfunctional atmosphere in the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 22, 2018
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Join OR Manager and Surgical Directions in this one-day boot camp to discuss the rapidly growing ambulatory surgery market and its impact on the performance of traditional hospitals. We'll be discussing what's trending in the industry now, including topics on : Understanding leading growth factors in the outpatient surgery market, Finding Growth Opportunities in the Outpatient Market, and Migrating your Clinical Protocols from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. We’ll get to the heart of these important industry highlights, and dive deeper into strategies for moving forward!

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Perioperative leaders from across the nation will gather in Nashville for three days of workshops, breakout sessions and keynote presentations dedicated to developing necessary skills and advanced practices in the OR and ASC. Earn CEs from educational sessions, exhibit hall seminars and poster presentations while networking with perioperative leaders who have solved the challenges you face each day or are working through them currently. Click here to learn more!

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The OR Manager Virtual Career Fair easily connects you – in real time – with employers seeking to hire top talent in the healthcare industry from the comfort of your home or office via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you're an employer, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with active job seekers. For employer information, click here.

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The Chief Nursing Officer will be instrumental in the execution of necessary changes while focusing on achieving the goal of The Triple Aim. Strategies being debated include: Creating an environment that attracts talent and aggressively screening labor from alternative markets, as well as, developing curriculum and tools to enhance the skills of healthcare professionals where emerging technologies are being employed. These issues enhance quality patient care which is the key responsibility driving a CNO's success.

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AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition, July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, D.C., is the leading education event and the central meeting place for providers, academics, affiliates, and vendors working in all facets of healthcare supply chain. Join us at AHRMM17 to connect with people, and explore the products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare. You can expect four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, vendor presentations on the latest technology and products, and face-to-face networking with supply chain and materials management directors and managers, chief financial and resource officers, contract administrators, military logisticians and operating room buyers.

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The OR Manager Virtual Career Fair easily connects you – in real time – with employers seeking to hire top talent in the healthcare industry from the comfort of your home or office via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you're an employer, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with active job seekers. For employer information, click here.

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Join PACU leaders from across the nation for three days of intense educational workshop and breakout sessions, as well as keynote presentations in sunny Orlando, Florida! Earn your CEs while networking with your peers and with solution providers from exhibitors offering the latest technologies and solutions to meet your needs. You will receive the same high-quality education designed specifically for managers and above that is tailored to the PACU. Click here to learn more!

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As healthcare migrates from volume- to value-based payment, facilities need to adapt their perioperative governance structure and clinical processes to succeed. Join OR Manager for a one-day workshop that will provide the metrics to create a bundled payments implementation plan you need to transition to value-based patient care. Click here to learn more!

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Perioperative leaders from across the nation will gather in Orlando for three days of workshops, breakout sessions and keynote presentations dedicated to developing necessary skills and advanced practices in the OR and ASC. Earn CEs from educational sessions, exhibit hall seminars and poster presentations while networking with perioperative leaders who have solved the challenges you face each day or are working through them currently. Click here to learn more!

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This interactive event is an opportunity for OR business management to increase their knowledge of OR processes, develop critical skills, and network with colleagues. The 2018 event will be held January 30-February 2 in San Antonio, TX. Click here to register or submit a proposal to speak!

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