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Archive for July, 2011

Nurse Recruiting for Surgery Centers Expected to Get Tougher

Added 07.28.11

Ambulatory surgery centers should get ready to face a harsher climate in nurse recruitment over the next few years. Severe shortages of nurses peaked several years ago. Severe nursing shortages of the mid-00s were neutralized by the recession, which reduced demand and brought retired nurses back to the workplace to supplement their family incomes, says Bill Heller, president of RN Network, a nurse recruitment company in Boca Raton, Fla. Four of these issues include: OR nurses in short supply Aging nurse workforce and its implications Competing with the hospital Showcase ASCs' advantages over the hospital Read more about this at Becker's ASC Review: more...

5 Updates on the Nationwide Drug Shortage

Added 07.28.11

Hospitals and surgery centers across the country have struggled recently in the face of severe drug shortages. Here are five updates on how drug shortages are affected U.S. facilities. 1. Succinylcholine is no longer in short supply. 2. Johnson & Johnson reported a shortage of cancer drug Doxil. 3. 99 percent of hospitals experienced a drug shortage in the last six months. 4. Sen. Charles Schumber recently proposed drug shortage legislation. 5. Drug shortages cost the United States $216 million annually. Read more detail on each of tese 5 updates at Becker's ASC Review: more...

Workman’s Comp Changes in Florida: Division Seeks To Update Manual, Certification Requirements

Added 07.28.11

The Division of Workers' Compensation proposed to adopt the 2010 version of the workers' compensation reimbursement manuals for health care providers and ambulatory surgical centers. Both will adopt updated versions of current procedural terminology and current dental terminology. The rules also incorporate guidelines regarding the medical billing process and utilize new formats. Read more about this from Risk & Insurance Online at: more...

A Patient’s Sex, Age Influences Perception of Pain

Added 07.28.11

Study questions usefulness of new pain assessment methods. Male and female, older and younger patients feel pain differently, say Australian researchers, which may have significant implications for 2 physiological pain assessment methods currently under development. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

Women’s Health in 2011: Shift Toward Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

Added 07.28.11

Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus) are performed annually in the United States, with an estimated 20 million women undergoing the procedure to date. In fact, one-third of U.S. women have had a hysterectomy by age 60. Market analysts from The Advisory Board (ABCO) predicted a growing trend in 2010 and subsequent years in surgeons performing a minimally invasive surgical procedure called laparoscopic hysterectomy. The trend toward minimally invasive hysterectomy is likely driven by the increase in both supply and demand for the procedure. There is an increase in fellowship-trained gynecologic surgeons specializing in laparoscopic surgery (supply), as well as women's increased awareness of their surgical options. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

Walter Reed Army Hospital Closing

Added 07.26.11

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army's flagship hospital where military privates to presidents have gone for care, is closing its doors after more than a century. Hundreds of thousands of the nation's war wounded from World War I to today have received treatment at Walter Reed, including 18,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The campus will be turned over to the State Department and the District of Columbia, while the medical operations are divided between the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda and the hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Read more about this at NPR.org: more...

U.S. Bans Drew Medical CEO From Medicare Business on Fraud Case

Added 07.26.11

The chief executive officer of Drew Medical Inc. will be banned from doing business with Medicare for eight years after his company tried to defraud the U.S. of $1.6 million, the government said. Read the rest of this article from Bloomberg at: more...

18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference

Added 07.26.11

The 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference is coming... more...

American College of Surgeons Supports ASC Reimbursement Reform Bill

Added 07.23.11

Bipartisan legislation also gaining more cosponsors in the House and Senate. The American College of Surgeons has voiced its support for a bill that would overhaul the way Medicare reimburses ambulatory surgery centers, putting them on more equal footing with hospital outpatient departments. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

What Makes an Alcohol-Based Hand Rub More Effective?

Added 07.21.11

Alcohol content and product format don't influence efficacy, say industry researchers. What has a greater impact on an alcohol-based hand rub's antimicrobial efficacy: the content level of alcohol (70% vs. 90% by volume) or form of product delivery (gel vs. foam). Read more about this at Outpatient Surgery Magazine: more...