Tag: ASC

CMS releases proposed Medicare payment rates for outpatient, ambulatory surgical center services

Editor's Note On July 10, CMS proposed Medicare payment rates for hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) services for 2025.  Published annually, the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and ASC Payment System Proposed Rule will have a 60-day comment period, which this year ends September 9 prior to…

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By: Matt Danford
July 10, 2024
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Ambulatory endoscopy management strategies keep patients, finances healthy

Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is one of the most common procedures in the US. Performed more than 17.1 million times per year in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings as well as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), GI procedures account for 68% of all endoscopies, according to a May 2022 article in Digestive…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 24, 2024
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Study: Liver surgery safe for outpatient settings

Editor's Note Robotic liver surgery can be performed safely as an outpatient procedure, according to findings from the City of Hope cancer research organization in Duarte, California. According to a June 10 press release, the study analyzed data of 307 patients who underwent outpatient robotic liver surgery (defined as requiring…

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By: Matt Danford
June 18, 2024
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Surgery center culture must prioritize cleaning, hand hygiene

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) play an increasingly crucial role in delivering outpatient surgical care that is efficient, effective, and—most importantly—safe. As the ASC sector continues to grow and evolve, maintaining best practices in hand hygiene and environmental cleaning and disinfection is imperative to protect patients from infections. ASCs also should…

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By: Erica Smith
May 24, 2024
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Built to grow: Key elements of planning a new ASC

Are you part of the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) construction boom? If so, you’re not alone. Approximately 116 new facilities opened in 2023, according to Becker’s ASC Review, and more are planned for and underway in 2024. This trend shows no signs of slowing. Fortune Business Insights projects the US…

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By: Brendan Dooley
May 24, 2024
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Recognize a deserving peer with Ambulatory Nurse Leader of the Year nomination

Editor's Note Are you inspired by leaders who transform challenges into opportunities? Here's your chance to spotlight an exceptional figure in the field of ambulatory surgery leadership with the 2024 Ambulatory Nurse Leader of the Year award. This prestigious accolade celebrates a visionary in ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leadership, recognizing…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 22, 2024
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OR Manager Conference: Lowest rates expire in one week

Editor's Note The lowest rates for the premier event for perioperative leaders, the 2024 OR Manager Conference, end May 10. Scheduled for October 28-30 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the event will provide learning, networking, and other opportunities for professionals in all perioperative settings, including hospitals, health systems,…

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By: Lindsay Botts
May 2, 2024
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ASC staffing woes persist in era of increased surgical volume

Data and surveys

The past 10 years of data from the OR Manager Salary/Career Survey reflects many challenges in the healthcare environment, particularly those associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. ASC leader respondents report that staffing difficulties have become particularly challenging. For example, only 15% of respondents to the 2014 survey reported increased RN…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 19, 2024
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Boost your credentials: Ambulatory Education Units offered at OR Manager Conference 2024

Editor's Note The OR Manager Conference 2024 is a premier learning opportunity for ambulatory and outpatient surgery leaders, taking place October 28-30, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. An approved provider of Ambulatory Education Units (AEUs) by the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC), attendees can earn up to ten AEUs,…

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By: Lindsay Botts
April 9, 2024
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More executives considering ASC joint ventures

Editor's Note A survey of health system executives published January 4 by VMG Health finds that an increasing number are planning to expand into joint ventures with ambulatory surgery centers as they look to move more services from inpatient to outpatient facilities. The survey included 141 health system executives, including…

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By: Brita Belli
January 8, 2024
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