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Archive for June, 2011

New Jersey ASC Licensing Bill Amended; NJAASC Applauds Revisions

Added 06.30.11

A New Jersey bill that would require licensing for one-operating room surgery centers in the state has been amended, and the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers has expressed its satisfaction with the changes. The original version of S2780, as introduced and sponsored by Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), would have required all New Jersey ASCs to become licensed by the state's Department of Health and Senior Services. This meant any currently unlicensed ASCs would therefore have to meet DHHS physical plant requirements and pay an ambulatory care assessment fee, according to an email from Mark Manigan, JD, an attorney with the health law practice group at Brach Eichler. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Aims to Reduce the Risk of Wrong Site Surgery

Added 06.30.11

Health care professionals and patients all agree that wrong site surgery is a serious and preventable adverse event that should never happen. Although reporting is not mandatory in most states, some estimates put the national incidence rate, which includes wrong patient, wrong procedure, wrong site, and wrong side surgeries, as high as 40 per week. Recognizing this as a critical patient safety issue, eight U.S. hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers teamed up with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare to address the problem. The Center and the participating organizations used methods such as Lean Six Sigma and change management to discover the causes of and put a stop to these preventable breakdowns in patient care. Read the rest of this... more...

Spine Surgeons Accuse Peers of Hiding Bone Growth Product Risks

Added 06.30.11

Did financial conflicts of interest influence studies on Medtronic's Infuse? The controversy surrounding recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), the synthetic bone growth material used in Medtronic's "Infuse" graft product, has been "a cautionary tale" for the surgical industry, remarks spine surgeon Christopher M. Bono, MD, in the June issue of The Spine Journal, which is dedicated solely to discussion of the research and promotion of rhBMP-2. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

Court Upholds Reform Law’s Individual Mandate

Added 06.30.11

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional, according to the opinion filed today. It is the first appeals court ruling among the four legal challenges to the act that have made it to oral arguments before a federal appeals court. Read the rest of this article from Modern Healthcare and find a link to the court's opinion at: more...

10 Concepts From the Senate Finance Committee’s Report on Physician Owned Distributors

Added 06.29.11

The Senate Finance Committee has released "Physician Owned Distributors (PODs): An Overview of Key Issues and Potential Areas for Congressional Oversight," the result of an inquiry the committee's minority staff began earlier this year. In PODs, physicians have ownership in a medical device company and thus profit from the sale of its devices, which are typically less expensive than those from medical device manufacturers. It has been alleged that physicians may require or encourage hospitals to refer patients to purchase implants or devices needed for surgery from their POD. Here are ten key comments from the report found at becker's ASC Review: more...

Enlist Your Patients in the Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections

Added 06.28.11

Download free, customizable educational materials from APIC. A new educational campaign from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) aims to enlist patients in the fight against healthcare-associated infections. "Infection Prevention and You" is the first consumer campaign of its kind focused on teaching patients about the role of inflection preventionists in health care, says APIC. The campaign offers free, print-ready materials, including high-resolution posters, flyers, brochures and a PowerPoint presentation, that educate patients about infection prevention efforts, such as hand-washing, cleaning and disinfection. Read the rest of the article at: more...

7 Critical Questions on Surgery Center Transactions and Valuation Issues: Q&A With Stephan Peron of VMG Health

Added 06.28.11

1: How are ambulatory surgery centers being priced today? 2: Does pricing depend on type of specialty? If so, which are better, which are worse? 3: What are other key factors assessed for pricing? 4: Is the amount or frequency of transactions up or down over the last 6-12 months? 5: Is pricing up or down from last year? 6: What are buyers most concerned about? 7: Is there still a buy and sell market for ASCs? Read the answers to these questions from the article at Becker's ASC Review: more...

Study: Warming Head Drapes Can Increase Risk of OR Fire

Added 06.28.11

Venting the drape, using blanket blower can minimize risk. Warming blankets used to drape the head and maintain normothermia during surgery may increase the risk of fire, but there are steps the surgical team can take to minimize this risk, according to a quality improvement study conducted by a team of Milwaukee nurses. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

CMS Coverage of Florida’s Multi-Level Lumbar Fusions in Danger

Added 06.28.11

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and First Coast recently sent out a policy draft with Local Coverage Determination denying Medicare coverage for multi-level lumbar fusion for symptomatic degenerative disc disease in Florida. Follow this link to read the full report on the draft policy for denying coverage of multi-level lumbar fusion for symptomatic degenerative disc disease: more...

Vermont Enacts Nation

Added 06.28.11

In classic cart-before-the-horse thinking, Vermont enacted a law to institute a single-payer universal-coverage healthcare system within the state, starting in 2017. However, this law does not specify how the new healthcare system will be funded. That is the next challenge for the Vermont legislature. Read this article from Dark Daily at: more...