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Patient frailty linked to increased morbidity after ambulatory surgery procedures

Editor's Note Frailty was independently associated with postoperative morbidity in patients having common ambulatory general surgery procedures (ie, hernia, breast, thyroid, or parathyroid), this study finds. In this analysis of 140,828 patients in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, the relative risk of complications was increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2018
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Joint Commission improves access to revised EM standards for ambulatory care customers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 21 announced that it has created specific versions of 19 elements of performance (EPs) for deemed ambulatory surgical centers and specific versions for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics to improve access in the E-dition. The EPs were added for the Centers…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2018
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How many different procedures are right for your ASC?

When launching a new ambulatory surgery center (ASC), owners must consider a myriad of issues—financing, design, building construction or purchase, regulatory compliance, certification, staffing, and marketing. Underlying all of these considerations are which procedures the center will provide and whether the ASC will be single specialty, like gastrointestinal (GI) or…

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By: Leslie Flowers
February 22, 2018
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CMS grants exceptions to ASCs in areas affected by natural disasters

Editor's Note Because of the impact of several recent natural disasters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs in affected areas, the February 12 ASCA News reports. Exceptions include: ASCs in two California counties affected by wildfires ASCs located…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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Exams scheduled for new ASC infection preventionist credential

Editor's Note The first exams have been scheduled for the recently launched new credential for infection preventionists in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting−Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP). The exam will be online at a testing center October 1-31, 2018. Electronic application must be submitted between August 1 and 31.…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2018
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New ASC credential reflects expertise in infection prevention

Licensed healthcare professionals working in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can now earn a Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist™ (CAIP™) credential to demonstrate their understanding of the skills and knowledge required to fill the role of an infection preventionist (IP) in an ASC. The new certification program can also help IPs working…

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By: Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR
January 19, 2018
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Total joints present increasingly attractive option for ASCs

The migration of total joint replacements for knees and hips from inpatient hospital ORs to hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) is spreading. On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) bolstered the trend when it approved the removal of total knee arthroplasty (TKA)…

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By: Leslie Flowers
January 19, 2018
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Your ASC is for sale--what's next?

Mergers and acquisitions of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have increased recently, as organizations perceive the opportunities provided by growth markets, and ASCs realize the benefits of having access to a larger provider network, such as a pipeline of patients and more power in negotiating with insurers. Those transactions can have…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 19, 2018
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AHRQ: New toolkit for ambulatory care transitions

Editor's Note The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on January 9 announced a new “Safe Transitions Toolkit” for clinical staff working in ambulatory care settings. The toolkit is designed to help staff actively engage patients and their care partners to prevent errors during care transitions. The toolkit includes…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2018
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Joint Commission, CDC announce new infection prevention guides for outpatient settings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have been collaborating since late 2015 on a 3-year project titled, “Adaptation & Dissemination of Outpatient Infection Prevention (ADOPT).” The goal of the project is to adapt, enhance, and disseminated current CDC guidance on infection prevention and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2018
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