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Archive for September, 2011

6 Steps to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery

Added 09.23.11

In June, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare reported that despite intense efforts to curb wrong-site surgery, the adverse event still occurs approximately 40 times a week nationwide. Wrong-site surgery... more...

The Quiet Takeover: Insurers Buying Physicians and Hospitals

Added 09.23.11

Payors might provide more than reimbursement in the next few years... more...

APIC Provides Free Endoscopy Webinar for ASCA Members – Wednesday 9/28/11 at 1 pm

Added 09.23.11

Join the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) for "Meeting CMS Requirements for Coverage on Infection Control at Ambulatory Endoscopy Centers," an hour-long webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 1 pm. Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) members can register for free. Read more information about this from Surgistrategies at: more...

NJ Surgery Center Leadership: Proposed Regulations Will Force PIP Outpatient Procedures to Become Inpatient

Added 09.23.11

According to a report in the Star-Ledger, and online at NJ.com, proposed regulations by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) would include personal injury protection hospital outpatient department and doctor office-based procedures for the first time on a fee schedule that includes ambulatory surgery centers, called the OSF. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

Common Stimulant (ADHD Drug) May Speed Recovery From General Anesthesia

Added 09.21.11

MGH study demonstrates what may be first feasible method to induce arousal from anesthesia. Administration of the commonly used stimulant drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) was able to speed recovery from general anesthesia in an animal study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The report, appearing in the October issue of Anesthesiology, is the first demonstration in mammals of what could be a safe and effective way to induce arousal from general anesthesia. While there are drugs to counteract many of the agents used by anesthesiologists... more...

Miami Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud – Longest Sentence To Date

Added 09.21.11

A Miami resident and owner of a mental health care company, American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC), was sentenced today to 50 years in prison for orchestrating a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FBI. Read the rest of this story from the Department of Justice website at: more...

CMS Chief Seeks Cost Control Through Better Quality

Added 09.20.11

Seemingly all of Washington is searching for mandated spending cuts to reduce federal deficits, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, said he prefers another way to control health care spending: Provide better quality care. "Cost has center stage," Dr. Berwick said. But "the problems of cost and quality are connected." Read the rest of this article from amednews.com at: more...

N.J. Looks To Close Fee Loophole Utilized By Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center

Added 09.20.11

New Jersey is set to clamp down on a North Jersey hospital that insurance companies claim is billing them as much as 3,000 percent more than its own outpatient surgery centers charge for the same treatment. Read this article from NJ.com at: more...

Kentucky Rules on Eye Surgery by Optometrists One Step Closer to Approval

Added 09.16.11

Facing threats of a lawsuit by ophthalmologists and other MDs, a review panel in the Kentucky legislature has approved proposed regulations spelling out how optometrists can qualify to perform eye surgery, according to a Lexington Herald Leader report. Read the... more...

Surgery Cener in Brownstone, PA Closes Its Doors Because of Low Volume

Added 09.16.11

A surgery center near Brownstown,... more...