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Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed EP for office-based surgery practices using fluoroscopy

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 20 announced that it is seeking comments on a proposed element of performance (EP) for office-based surgery practices that provide fluoroscopy services. The new requirement−Environment of Care (EC) standard EC.02.02.01−addresses the monitoring of radiation exposure badges. The deadline for comments is March 29.

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By: Judy Mathias
February 21, 2019
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ASCs react to 2019 regulatory changes

Each year, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) adapt to numerous federal regulatory policy reforms. As an example, since 2012, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program ASCs had been asking for, ASCs have reported data for a changing set of…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
February 20, 2019
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Use of regional anesthesia in ambulatory arthroscopic knee surgery and ACL reconstruction

Editor's Note Adductor canal nerve block (ACB) provides modest analgesic benefits after ambulatory arthroscopic knee surgery, including improved relief for rest pain for 8 hours and reduced opioid consumption for 24 hours, this meta-analysis finds. However, ACB did not provide any analgesic benefits and did not improve any outcomes, compared…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2019
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Joint Commission seeks comments on new antimicrobial stewardship requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 9 announced that it is seeking feedback on its newly proposed requirements for antimicrobial stewardship at Medication Management (MM) standard MM.09.01.03. The requirements apply to ambulatory healthcare organizations and office-based surgery practices. The proposed requirements align with current recommendations from scientific and professional…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2019
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2019 Medicare final payment rule brings big wins for ASCs

The holiday spirit got off to a good start at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country with the November 2, 2018, announcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Final Rule. Several significant changes ASCs had…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
January 14, 2019
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How Do You Develop and Support Your ASC’s Patient Safety Officer?

After this session you'll be able to: Explain the role of the safety officer in an ambulatory surgical setting. Discuss different strategies in managing a safety program. Describe methods for meeting the regulatory requirements of a safety program. Why this is important: Ambulatory surgery centers lack some of the resources…

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Orthopedic experts urge caution when starting total knee service lines

Total joint replacements contribute hefty profits to hospitals and healthcare systems. Once the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) starts reimbursing surgery centers—as is done for hospital outpatient surgery departments (HOPDs)—the competition between hospitals, HOPDs, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will intensify. “Total joints are the hot ticket in…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
December 13, 2018
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CMS: New online tool compares cost differences for outpatient procedures

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 27 launched a new online tool that compares Medicare payments and co-payments for certain outpatient surgical procedures performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The “Procedure Price Lookup” tool will help Medicare patients consider potential cost differences when…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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Advise and collect: Helping patients pay for surgery

Long gone are the days when employer-based health insurance covered most, if not all, of patients’ healthcare bills. Insurance companies and employers expect individuals to pay a larger chunk of healthcare costs themselves. The 2018 benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Employer Health Benefits Survey found that “a quarter (26%) of…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
November 14, 2018
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AAAHC launches 3-year Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announced on October 25 that it has launched an Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) performing total joints and spine procedures. The 3-year certification program was designed by an expert panel of practicing orthopaedic and spine professionals…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2018
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Joint Commission Resources offers new survey readiness guide for surgical settings

Editor's Note  Joint Commission Resources on October 24 announced the availability of a new accreditation prep guide specific for surgical settings. “Survey Readiness Guide for Surgical Settings: Standards, Tracers, and Tools” is a self-assessment tool that includes all relevant Joint Commission accreditation standards and provides an overview of the survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2018
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Pre-Conference Workshop: Volume Versus Value: ASCs Transition to Value-Based Care

After this session you'll be able to: Discuss the elements of value-based care/value-based purchasing. Review techniques for how to engage physicians, your team, and your patients in the ASC. Explain potential changes to be made in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) program to address value-based care as it relates…

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