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Archive for October, 2011

What Surgery Centers Should Watch for in 2012: 12 Issues Facing ASCs

Added 10.20.11

Following are 12 issues that an ASC might want to think about going into 2012. 1. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 2. Replacement for healthcare reform. 3. Economy. 4. Super Committee. 5. Vertical integration of the healthcare system. 6. Private practice is suffering. 7. Return of the independent physician. 8. Rising costs, OON challenges remain. 9. Healthcare reform regulations likely to survive. 10. Meeting government requirements will increase costs. 11. ACOs and their long-term sustainability and importance. 12. Importance of ASCs continuing to grow. To read more detailed information on each issue, go read the original article from Becker's ASC Review... more...

Hospital Closes, Reopens as an ASC

Added 10.20.11

This unlikely transformation may give Texas facility a new lease on life. Hospitals are snapping up ambulatory surgical centers and converting them to hospital outpatient surgery centers, but here's a new one: a hospital becoming an ASC. That's what happened a couple months ago in Arlington, Texas, when the JPS Diagnostic and Surgery Hospital closed its doors and 10 days later re-opened as the JPS Surgical Center. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

ASCA Concerned About EHR Requirement

Added 10.20.11

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association... more...

Can You Pass the Surveyor’s White Glove Test?

Added 10.20.11

Advice to help make your next accreditation survey a lot less nerve-wracking. Few things can induce anxiety in a surgical facility manager like an upcoming accreditation survey. But, as with any type of test, better preparation usually equates to greater success. Having been on both sides of the surveyor's clipboard, I know what accrediting bodies look for when evaluating facilities. Here are a dozen hot spots that surveyors are likely to focus on when they visit, and tips on avoiding big surprises when the big day arrives. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

6 Reasons Why Independent Hospitals and ASCs Face Similar Challenges on a Different Scale

Added 10.05.11

1. Each is deathly afraid of their key admitting physicians being hired by... more...

Advocate’s ACO Contract With Ill. Blues Won’t Affect Referrals to ASCs

Added 10.05.11

The ambulatory surgery center community has been hoping that accountable care organizations, under pressure to save money, would steer more patients to lower-cost, high-quality ASCs, but so far it hasn't worked out that way, and Advocate Health Care's contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is a case in point. The Illinois Blues agreement, which started in Jan. 2011, incorporates several ACO-like strategies to improve quality and lower costs, but it will not alter Advocate physicians' use of ambulatory surgery centers, says Carrie Nelson, MD, medical director for special projects at Advocate Physician Partners, a contracting joint venture between the 10-hospital Advocate system and 3,900 physicians on staff at those hospitals. Read this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

7 Observations on the Future of Ophthalmic ASCs

Added 10.05.11

Jerome H. Levy, MD, managing director of the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Greater New York, an ophthalmic ASC in the Bronx, and president emeritus of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, makes seven observations about the future of ophthalmic ASCs. 1. More cataract surgeries in ASCs 2. More retina surgery in ASCs 3. Medicare cuts may not affect ASCs 4. Premium services won't boom in this economy 5. ACOs may have little impact 6. ASCs need a better reimbursement model Read more detail on each of these from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

Where PONV is Prevalent

Added 10.05.11

The cases that see the most of the complication, and options for avoiding it. According to data from the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery, the following 6 procedures carry a particularly high risk of post-op nausea and vomiting. We asked an anesthesia provider for her views on what causes these complications and whether they might be preventable. 1. Resection of the septal nasal submucosa 2. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 3. Rotator cuff repair 4. Lumpectomy 5. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 6. Knee arthroscopy Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery with more detail on each procedure at: more...

Patient Safety: 100% of Oregon Hospitals Reporting Errors; Pharmacies, Surgery Centers Lagging

Added 10.05.11

All 58 of Oregon's community hospitals have agreed to submit detailed reports of medical errors to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. The error-reporting initiative, started by the Legislature in 2003, is a collaborative effort between the state and the health care industry to stop medical errors, which were the cause of at least 34 patient... more...

NH House Panel Backs Mandatory Surgery Center Infection Reporting Fee

Added 10.05.11

Ambulatory surgery centers in New Hampshire may have to pay a fee ranging from $600 to $2,800 to cover the cost of their mandatory participation in the state's infection reporting program for hospitals, if House Bill 602 - blessed by the House Commerce insurance subcommittee - becomes law. Read the rest of this article from New Hampshire Business Review at: more...