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Archive for May, 2011

N.J. Ambulatory Surgery Group Cites Misinformation in Newspaper Report as ‘Serious Risk to Patients’

Added 05.31.11

Focusing on a recent daily newspaper article, the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has cited misinformation as a potentially serious risk to patients. The article in question appeared on Thursday, May 19, in The Record... more...

CMS Proposes to Alter Same-Day Surgery Restrictions

Added 05.31.11

CMS has proposed to slightly alter the exception to same-day surgery restrictions for ASCs, which mandate that surgery centers must provide certain patient notices prior to the day of surgery, according to an ASCA release. ASC Association members recently met with CMS officials to express their ongoing concern over restrictions on ASCs performing surgery on the same day it is... more...

5 Surgery Center Specialties Predicted to Grow in 2011

Added 05.31.11

Every year, certain ambulatory surgery center specialties grow and others diminish as CMS approves new procedures and reimbursement rates change. Here three ASC industry veterans discuss five specialties that will likely see increased profitability and adoption in surgery centers in 2011. 1. Spine 2. Orthopedics 3. Bariatrics 4. OB/GYN 5. ENT Read more detail on each speciality from this... more...

Operating Through the Tornado

Added 05.26.11

An orthopedic surgeon finished surgery in the dark after a devastating storm ripped through a southwest Missouri hospital. James D. "Dusty" Smith, MD, and his surgical team were midway through a routine case, the draining of a patient's infected hip, when the tornado hit St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday. The hospital had announced a tornado warning... more...

AAAHC Institute Names New Board Members

Added 05.26.11

AAAHC has announced its newest board members. David N. Gans, MHSA, FACMPE, and Martin L. Gonzalez, MS, have been named to the Board of Trustees of the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (AAAHC Institute), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Gans is vice president of innovation and research for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Gonzalez is senior research associate for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). Read more at Surgistrategies: more...

Patients Still Delaying Medical Care Despite Economic Recovery

Added 05.26.11

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Is Lap-Band Surgery A Good Way To Fight Teen Obesity?

Added 05.26.11

If approved by the FDA, Allergan could market its product to teens--and insurers might be more likely to give the go-ahead for the surgery, which can cost up to $20,000. What are your thoughts? more...

SDI Reports: Hospital Outpatient Surgical Procedures Increasing, Surgery Centers Growing

Added 05.26.11

SDI, a leading healthcare market insight and analytics firm, today reported that the number of hospital outpatient surgical visits increased 4.5% in 2009 compared with 2008. The number of hospital inpatient visits with surgical procedures, however, remained relatively unchanged in 2009. From 2006 through 2009, the number of hospitals in the United States grew less than 1%. The number of surgery centers, though, experienced double-digit growth at 17% during this same time period. more...

FDA Seeks Better Reprocessing Instructions for Reusable Medical Devices

Added 05.24.11

Draft guidance and workshop to focus on the design, cleaning and labeling of endoscopes and other complex devices. The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to improve the design and instructions for reusable medical devices that pose particular reprocessing challenges, such as flexible endoscopes, with a new draft guidance document and a public workshop for industry stakeholders in June. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

Scientists FInd New Drug Target in Breast Cancer

Added 05.24.11

Researchers have identified a new protein involved in the development of drug resistance in breast cancer which could be a target for new treatments, they report today in the journal Nature Medicine. Read more about this at: more...