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Archive for August, 2011

Federal Government Reconsidering Advance Notification Rule

Added 08.30.11

The cost savings that would result from a repeal of Medicare's advance notification requirement for ASCs are driving recent efforts to overturn the rule, says the ASC Association. Read this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

New Illinois Law Prevents Some Providers From ‘Balance Billing’ Patients for Care at In-Network Surgery Centers

Added 08.30.11

A new Illinois law blocks providers of radiology, anesthesiology, pathology, neonatology or emergency room services from "balance billing" patients who have received care from an in-network ambulatory surgery center, according to a Life and Health Insurance report. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

14 Solutions to Address Documented Surgery Center Infection Control Deficiencies

Added 08.30.11

Earlier this month a report came out that identified some infection control deficiencies at many Illinois outpatient surgical... more...

15 Questions to Ask to Ensure an Effective, Compliant Quality Program

Added 08.30.11

Bernard McDonnell, DO, a retired physician and current surveyor for Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, identifies 15 questions surgery centers and other providers need to ask themselves to help ensure an effective and compliant quality program. 1. Do we know what quality is? "Ask yourself, 'Do we know what quality is?'" 2. Are we doing too much? 3. Is our quality program ongoing? 4. Is our program data-driven? 5. Are we analyzing the data? 6. Do we continue to analyze the data? 7. Are we looking at data in a way to determine if we have improved? Read what the other 8 questions are and more detail about each question from this Becker's ASCR Review article at: more...

MGMA Survey Indicates Crucial Need for HIS Certified Coders

Added 08.30.11

A June Survey from the Medical Group Management Association has indicated an alarming need for professional, certified HIS coders in order to meet the 5010 protocol ultimately required for implementation of new ICD-10 codes. The protocol must be in place by January 1, 2012 so as to make way for full ICD-10 compliance by October 13, 2013, but 85% of those surveyed have not weighed the impact of version 5010 on their operations. Read more of this from Market Press Release at: more...

Medtronic Agrees to Outside Reviews of Controversial Spine Surgery Product

Added 08.30.11

Medtronic Inc. was shaken earlier this summer by an extraordinary medical journal investigation. The probers found that consultants to the health care device manufacturer took millions of dollars from the company and then wrote evaluations that downplayed, or ignored, serious complications linked to one of its products. Read about this from Fair Warning at: more...

Illinois Surgery Centers Slip On Infection Control

Added 08.30.11

It may look harmless and even sexy when a surgical mask dangles from the neck of a hunky TV doctor, or his hair peeks out from under his surgical cap. But to Illinois infection control watchdogs, it looks like a pathway for deadly germs. Exposed hair and dangling masks in sterile operating rooms were among shortcomings they observed in Illinois same-day surgery centers, according to state inspection reports. The reports, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, describe other serious problems seen during the past year by inspectors trying to stop the spread of dangerous bacteria and viruses. Read more about this from the Chicago Tribune at: more...

HHS Moves Closer to Overturning CMS Same-Day Surgery Limitation

Added 08.30.11

HHS is reviewing a number of regulatory requirements that impact surgery centers, including a regulation that requires ASCs to provide certain notices to patients prior to the date of surgery, according to an ASCA release. Read more at Becker's ASC Review: more...

Advancing Surgical Care and the ASC Community in the Era of Healthcare Reform

Added 08.25.11

The power of any political constituency is directly connected to that... more...

Group Urges FDA to Recall Surgical Mesh

Added 08.25.11

Product exposes female patients to "serious risks," says Public Citizen. Non-absorbable synthetic surgical meshes used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) offer no significant benefits and expose female patients to serious complications and harm, claims the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...