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Hospitals prepare for SSI reporting as part of trend toward transparency

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 12; December 2011 Do you know your hospital’s surgical site infection (SSI) rate for colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomy? Hospitals must start reporting their SSI rates for these 2 procedures on January 1, 2012, to receive their full Medicare payment update in 2014. The list…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2011
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Medicare 2012 outpatient rule adds surgical quality measures

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 12; December 2011 Hospital outpatient departments will have to use a surgical safety checklist during 2012 to receive their full Medicare payment update in 2014—even though they don’t have to report the checklist’s use until 2013. Related article, p 20. That’s one of 2 new…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2011
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OR business managers to participate in workshop

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 12; December 2011 As surgical suites face decreasing reimbursement, OR business managers are looking to increase their knowledge of OR processes and to improve their critical financial skills. OR business managers are invited to participate in the first workshop designed specifically for their professional interests.…

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December 1, 2011
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A new role for RNs: Assisting in regional blocks

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 A new model for performing regional peripheral nerve blocks in the preoperative holding area with RN assistance has been a big win for Stony Brook University Medical Center Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Stony Brook, New York. The model has allowed orthopedic…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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Older patients better drivers after surgery

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 Older patients drove more safely than younger ones after ambulatory surgery, finds a study presented at the 2011 American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting in October in Chicago. With ambulatory surgery becoming more common and increased use of short-acting anesthetics, “our team recognized…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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At a Glance

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 FDA collaborates to prevent surgical fires The Food and Drug Administration and 16 partner organizations have launched an initiative to: increase awareness of factors contributing to surgical fires disseminate tools for preventing surgical fires promote surgical fire risk reduction practices. Tools include…

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November 1, 2011
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OR leaders gather in Chicago

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 A record-breaking number of OR directors, managers, and business managers converged at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the 24th Annual Managing Today’s OR Suite conference September 28 to 30, 2011. The 1,029 attendees heard information-packed programs, viewed innovative posters, networked with colleagues,…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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Bundled payments: Demo aligns hospital, MDs on total joint surgery

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 Would receiving a single payment for procedures like total hip and knee replacement bring hospitals and surgeons into closer alignment? Would care be delivered in a more coordinated manner with higher quality and greater cost-effectiveness? It’s the way more Medicare reimbursement may…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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Over half of larger ORs have business managers

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 Over half of teaching hospitals (52%) and larger surgical departments with 10 or more ORs (56%) now have OR business managers, according to the 2011 OR Manager Salary/Career survey. The position has become increasingly common over the past decade to meet the…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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Editorial

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 In this age of data and measurement, we may not think of compassionate care as something that can be measured. It’s an intangible yet critical aspect of care and healing. With the intense focus on austerity, tight reimbursement, and managing costs, there’s…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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