Tag: outpatient surgery

CMS releases proposed Medicare payment rates for outpatient, ASC services

Editor's Note On July 10, CMS proposed Medicare payment rates for hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgery 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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Changes in ASC ownership: A look at the influencing factors

Editor's Note As aging ambulatory surgery center (ASC) physician-owners retire, many ASCs are struggling with succession plans, Outpatient Surgery Magazine May 1 reports. Per the article, younger surgeons often lack the capital to establish freestanding ASCs, and with tight margins in the ASC market, a capital infusion is often needed.…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
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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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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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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Study shows patient bias for general over regional anesthesia, importance of preoperative education

Editor's Note A recent study from the UK, the results of which were presented at the 6th annual World Congress on Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, shed light on patients' preferences and understandings regarding anesthesia options for outpatient orthopedic surgery, Anesthesiology News March 18 reports. It revealed a stronger expectation…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
April 3, 2024
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Alabama immunity legislation shields IVF patients, providers

Editor's Note A new Alabama law provides civil and criminal immunity for providers and patients of in vitro fertilization (IVF) services, the Associated Press reported March 7. Last month, the Alabama Supreme Court effectively ruled that frozen embryos are people with a constitutional right to life, casting doubt on the…

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By: Matt Danford
March 7, 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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