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Archive for April, 2011

ASCs 2011 – ASC Association’s National Conference

Added 04.29.11

The ASCA's national conference is fast approaching and is being held May 11-14, 2011 in Orlando, FL at the Marriott's Orlando World Center... more...

OSHA Inspecting ASC Sharps Safety Programs in 4 States

Added 04.29.11

Unannounced inspections will focus on processes for protecting workers from exposure to contaminated sharps. If you operate a surgery center in Alabama, Florida, Georgia or Mississippi, inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be paying an unannounced visit soon to review your sharps safety policies. The inspections, which began April 25 and will continue until Sept. 30, 2012, are part of a regional emphasis program targeting bloodborne infection hazards in the southeastern United States. See the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magaizine at: more...

Has the Surgical Care Improvement Program Improved Outcomes?

Added 04.29.11

A recent published study suggests that it doesn't. Researchers, with funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, found that infection rates didn't change even as compliance... more...

Court: Informed Consent May Include Procedures Not Discussed Before Surgery

Added 04.29.11

Wisconsin judges say surgeon who performed unplanned shoulder capsular release was not negligent. One of the challenges of surgery is that an anesthetized patient cannot consent to additional procedures a surgeon feels may be necessary after the first incision. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the surgeon needs to stop and wait for another day, according to a Wisconsin court ruling. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

18 Statistics From VMG About General Surgery in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Added 04.29.11

Here are 18 statistics from VMG Health about general surgery in ambulatory surgery centers throughout the United States: 1. General surgery makes up an average of 8 percent of case volume for ASCs nationwide. 2. Average national gross charges per case: $6,016 3. Average national net revenue per case: $1,758 General surgery in the Western United States: 4. Case volume average: 5 percent 5. Average gross charges per case: $6,533 6. Average net revenue per case: $1,512 General surgery in the Southwest United States: 7. Case volume average: 12 percent 8. Average gross charges per case: $6,103 9. Average net revenue per case: $2,133 General surgery in the Midwest United States: 10. Case volume average: 8 percent 11. Average gross charges per case: $4,777 12. Average net revenue per case: $1,402 General surgery in the Southeast... more...

Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations – Federal Register Proposed Rule

Added 04.29.11

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that outlines the creation and operation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that will be eligible for potentially significant Medicare incentive payments in coming years. The Medicare ACO program, as defined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is slated to begin on January 1, 2012. Here's the Federal Register proposed rule: more...

Healthcare Manufacturers Form Recycling Coalition

Added 04.28.11

Partnership aims to increase sustainable supply production. Six surgical device and supply manufacturers have teamed with a pair of recycling and waste management companies in an effort to increase sustainability efforts across health care. Read more at the HPRC website: more...

CMS Publishes Coding Guidance for Medicare-Covered Preventative Services

Added 04.28.11

CMS has published a three-page chart providing coding guidance for Medicare preventive services. The chart identifies the service, provides applicable HCPCS/CPT and ICD-CM codes, identifies who is covered, how frequently the service is covered and what the Medicare beneficiary should pay for the service. See the chart at: more...

AORN Announces Leadership Roster for 2011-2012

Added 04.27.11

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Kimberly-Clark Health Care Announces Price Increase

Added 04.27.11

Kimberly-Clark Health Care announces that it will increase the price of certain products within its portfolio most impacted by rapidly escalating costs of raw materials derived from oil. Read this article at Surgistrategies: more...