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“With us every step of the way”

ClearView Surgery Center opened its doors on December 15th, 2015. From our first contract signing to our successful completion of a TJC survey, Progressive Surgical Solutions has been with us every step of the way. Crissy, Regina, and the team at PSS guided us through the “construction” process of starting up a brand new surgery center. With multiple on-site visits by PSS, we were able to run through mock surveys which truly helped correct our deficits and ensure we were ready for TJC to arrive. The staff at ClearView Surgery Center are very thankful for PSS! Thank you for all of your assistance!

Brenda HalenAdministrator of ClearView Surgery Center, Moscow ID

“Indispensable”

Building an ASC is such a complicated endeavor that the single most important person is the consultant. I have been extremely impressed by Progressive’s knowledge, resourcefulness, and responsiveness. They know every aspect of the industry, and have the experience and the contacts that are indispensable. I couldn’t be happier with their services.

David F. Chang, MD, OwnerPeninsula Eye Surgery Center, Mountain View CA

“Stellar and second to none.”

Probably the most critical ingredient in the execution of a plan to build and launch an ophthalmic ASC is to involve an ASC consultant from day one. In short, the PSS team has an incredible ability to sift through the noise and get the job done, expertly and expeditiously and most importantly, make you feel they are part of your staff. The entire Progressive Surgical Solutions team is stellar and second to none. I cannot think of a reason that I would ever have embarked on this project without them.

Larry Piazza, MD, OwnerCoastal Eye Surgery Center, Ellsworth ME

Regent DON Demo

Welcome Regent DONs! We invite you to watch the recording of our live demo on June 21. Feel free to contact us at courtney@pss4asc.com if you have any questions or want to sign up! We look forward to welcoming you as members of our ASC com…

Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery as an Alternative to Multilevel Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion in an Ambulatory Surgery Setting

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Anterior cervical decompression and fusion is a reliable surgery with highly satisfactory outcomes for advanced degenerative conditions of the cervical spine. However, over time, this can also aggravate adjacent segment problems, leading to…

Successful Survey: Shriners Hospital for Children

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SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER PASSED THEIR TJC DEEMED STATUS SURVEY Congrats to Shriners Hospital for Children Ambulatory Surgery Center on their successful TJC Deemed Status Survey! This new facility in Lexington,…

Efficiency Strategy at 4th Street Laser & Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA

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I was invited to visit 4th Street Laser & Surgery in Santa Rosa, California to look at their efficiency and patient flow. It was a beautiful drive from SFO to Santa Rosa! I got to drive along the beach, which I haven’t seen for quite a…

Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) Send Letter to Secretary Price

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On May 26, US Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT), along with a bipartisan group of 22 Representatives, sent a letter to US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price asking him to use his statutory…

Anthem Still Weighing 2018 Obamacare Individual Participation

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Anthem Inc. on Wednesday said its plans for selling 2018 Obamacare individual plans are still up in the air because of political and regulatory uncertainty, making it the latest health insurer to say questions about continued funding of government…

AASA Quarterly Meeting

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The Arkansas Ambulatory Surgery Association (AASA) quarterly meeting was held today in Little Rock. Deb is President during the 2017-2018 term. Following an update of ASCA (including a report of congressional visits), Dana Williams, the Privacy…

Manufacturers, Providers Fear Attack Likely on Med Devices

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Medical device manufacturers and the healthcare providers that use these devices are significantly unprepared to defend against cyber attacks on their devices, according to results of a recent survey on security preparedness. The study by the…

Effect of Mandatory Change From Skull to Bouffant Caps on SSIs

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A mandatory change from surgical skull caps to bouffant caps in the OR did not reduce surgical site infections (SSIs), this study finds. In this analysis of 15,000 class I (clean) surgical procedures performed 13 months before and 13 months…

Inspiration of Informed Consent Dead at 78

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The next time you confirm that a patient has signed and understands the informed consent, think of Jerry Canterbury, whose paralysis after routine back surgery nearly 60 years ago led to the creation of laws that require surgeons to disclose…

DEA Warns of Fax-Based Phishing Scam

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Diversion Control Division posted an alert on their website recently regarding a fax-based phishing scam. This scam targets DEA registrants such as pharmacies and practitioners. Please be advised…

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AAAHC Releases New Opioid Stewardship Toolkit

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The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) on May 8 announced the release of its new Opioid Stewardship Toolkit to help providers review and assess the volume and length of opioid prescriptions and dosages to mitigate risk…

Progressive Huddle: How to Effectively Respond to a Data Breach

Kurt Bratten, Esq O'Connell and Aronowitz This Webinar will address how to properly respond to a data breach under HIPAA and state law. While the program will review the legal requirements and OCR investigation process, the speaker will…

Anthem Not Giving Up on Cigna Merger, Is Appealing to Supreme Court

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Anthem's $54 billion merger deal with Cigna is considered to be on life support after a federal appeals court ruled last week it violated antitrust law. But on Friday, Anthem said it is appealing that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. Source:…

Congratulations to Crissy Benze, MSN!!!

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I had always thought that I would never go back to school for an advanced degree but then three years ago, my best friend, who I went through nursing school with, decided she was going to start a Master’s program. I knew I would be really…

ASCRS/ASOA 2017

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Well I don’t think Los Angeles is a magnet location for a national meeting. Fortunately for me, I did not have to get on a plane to get there. Many exhibitors expressed disappointment about the lack of activity in the exhibit hall. I was honored…

Chu Vision Foundation

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I had such a great time visiting Chu Vision Institute. This two OR ophthalmic ASC is a model of surgical efficiency without compromising compliance. Vanessa Novak, has developed into a Rock Star Clinical Director. She has a stable, competent…

Debra Stinchcomb Reflects on the "Year of the Healthy Nurse"

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Wow, it’s amazing that I’ve been a nurse since 1981. Seems just like yesterday. During that time, I’ve taken advantage of experiencing a few different areas within our profession: Med/Surg, Oncology, ICU, PACU, home health, home infusion…

National Group Calls Surgical Center Opposition ‘Anti-Competitive'

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A national group that has worked with the Federal Trade Commission to stop hospital mergers that would create monopolies says opposition to a proposed independent surgical center may be "anti-competitive." The Association of Independent Doctors,…

Fewer Ambulatory Care Standards….What’s Not to Like?

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By The Numbers After a thorough review – which began with the Hospital program – The Joint Commission recently deleted 85 elements of performance (EPs) from the Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) accreditation program and 50 EPs from the Office-Based…

ASCA 2017 in Washington DC

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Day 1 Woke up to a beautiful view of National Harbor at ASCA 2017. All of the pre-conferences were held today. I was happy to moderate and present two workshops at the CASC Review Course. In addition, I was able to attend the ASCA State Association…

Regina Boore Reflects on the "Year of the Healthy Nurse"

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In recognition of the impact that increased nurse health, safety, and wellness has on patient outcomes, quality of care, and overall nurse satisfaction and quality of life, American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year…

Regent Surgical Health DON Conference, Boulder, CO

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Deb and I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the annual Regent Surgical Health Director of Nursing Conference, in Boulder, CO. Because the meeting was in Colorado, it was an easy drive for me. Deb flew in the night before the conference…

CDC Issues First SSI-prevention Update in 18 Years

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Citing increasing demand for evidence-based interventions to prevent surgical-site infections, the Centers for Disease Control has published updated SSI-prevention guidelines for the first time since 1999, when, it says, most of its recommendations…

Hand Hygiene Day, May 5

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SAVE LIVES: CLEAN YOUR HANDS MAY 5, 2017 World Health Organization urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programs. You can do this by supporting…

Her Journey to Hell and Back…and Back Again

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Access to a bottomless well of OR drugs helped a Houston-based CRNA feed her addiction to painkillers. Her story of addiction and recovery — and relapse — suggests no one is immune to the dangers of opioid addiction. Source: Outpatient…

National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2017

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ANA has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse." Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses like…

Kicking Off 1 Year of Management Support in Tyler, TX

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Leanne and Deb were too busy for pictures during their trip to Tyler, TX last week!! We completed our initial engagement, which was to replace their current policies to ensure compliance with Texas and CMS. We performed a mock survey to outline…

California Bill Takes Aim at Surgical Smoke Exposure

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California lawmakers are moving forward with legislation that would require health care facilities to use scavenging systems to reduce surgical plume – toxic airborne contaminants that threaten surgical staff and patients. Surgical plume is…

Crissy Benze is Back on the Road!

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Leanne and I were just in Lexington, KY for a mock survey. It was my first business trip after coming back from maternity leave so it was definitely hard saying goodbye to Aidan and Abigail, but they were in the very capable hands of Daddy and…

Mock Survey in Lexington, KY

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Leanne and Crissy had a great day with Tony Lewgood and his staff at Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The team gave us the grand tour and the history and vision of the mission driven institute. They are committed to delivering the highest…

Surgery Centers Seeing Lots of Consolidation

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Consolidation in the ambulatory surgery sector highlight an ongoing emphasis on providing care in nonhospital settings. Surgery centers offer lucrative profits by handling elective procedures, scheduling lots of them and catering to patients…

Creating a Culture of Safety in your ASC

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Creating a Culture of Safety in your ASC AE Magazine March/April 2017 Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC Culture encompasses the values and attitudes of the employees in an organization. Employees working in an unhealthy culture…

Productive Day in Montgomery, AL

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Deb’s trip started out with an upgrade. The hotel ran out of rooms and she was upgraded to the Presidential Suite…..A road warriors dream to spread out! Luckily, Montgomery was spared the predicted weather though many staff members had…

Office Based Cataract Surgery: Questions and Concerns

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Office Based Cataract Surgery: Questions and Concerns Lori Baker-Schema, MBA, EdD EyeNet Magazine Commentary by Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC I am frequently asked about my opinion on cataract surgery moving into an office based environment.…

Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives

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Recently, US Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017, which is intended to preserve patient access to the high-quality, cost-effective health care services…

Should Medicare allow total joints in ASCs?

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Q&A with Drs. Barry Waldman and Derek Johnson Outpatient total joint replacements are gaining steam; physicians across the country are preforming outpatient total joints in hospitals as well as ASCs. Medicare is also considering removing…

ASCA Meets with CMS Regarding Payment Policy

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Earlier this week, ASCA Board President Rebecca Craig, RN, MBA, CNOR, CPC-H, CASC, and ASCA staff met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for the payment policies in ASCs. Some of the issues discussed…

Progressive Huddle: Hazard Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessments

Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC Progressive Surgical Solutions Learn how to assess the risks in your facility to meet CMS, AAAHC and TJC requirements. See how to integrate your HVA into a focused assessment that includes mitigation,…

ASC Model: the Future of US Healthcare?

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ASC Model May Well Represent the Future of Healthcare Providers in the US? The major challenge dominating the healthcare industry has always been to lower the cost of patient care while not sacrificing quality. As technology continues to…

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

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It’s been a busy week of meetings for Debra this week. Starting Monday with the Arkansas Ambulatory Surgery Association quarterly meeting where she gave a presentation on Disaster Planning, due to the new requirement that came out last October. Then,…

CDC Flu Update

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Activity Decreases Slightly in Some States but Remains Elevated Nationally According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending Feb. 18, 2017 (week 7), flu activity decreased slightly but remained elevated nationally. Also, CDC reported…

Successful Survey: Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery

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Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery passed their initial OBS AAAASF survey! Congrats to Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery on their successful Deemed Status TJC Survey! This brand new state of the art facility in Granite Bay, CA is a physician owned,…

Should You Add Vein Surgery?

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Are outpatient settings suitable for most vein-related procedures? From venograms and venoplasty to angiograms and angioplasty, the answer is an emphatic yes. With the right training, the right equipment, the right staff and the right space,…

New Construction in Little Rock, AR

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Deb drove down to Little Rock to see the progress of construction for Centerview Surgery Center, a new ASC for Arkansas Urology and to do an Ops prep meeting with the team. Scot Davis proudly provided a tour of the site.   It was great to…

To Get at a Medical Error's Root Cause, You Have to Dig Deep

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When it comes to investigating the cause of a surgical error, many of the answers we come up with simply scratch the surface. If you make sure an error doesn't happen again, read this. Source: Outpatient Surgery

Mock Survey in Hawaii

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Leanne and Regina visited Minimally Invasive Surgery of Hawaii this week. Jessica Dew, RN and her team are preparing for their upcoming AAAHC deemed status survey. Jessica’s safety officer, Cathy Overstreet, RN has worked with PSS in the past…

Documentation Training in Eugene, OR

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Debra visited Two Rivers Surgery Centers in Eugene Oregon to assess their documentation skills and provide documentation training. The staff was very receptive to suggested changes, which will increase their efficiencies and compliance with…
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Progressive Half Time: Risk Assessment 101, How to Avoid a Data Breach

Art Gross and Karen Conduragis - HIPAA Secure Now Nancy Stephens - Progressive Surgical Solutions 2016 was a record year for data breaches...It can happen to you! Data breaches are a painful event and can cost an ASC between $50,000 and…

Why Do Surgical Errors Keep Happening?

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This is the first installment of our year-long series dedicated to addressing the underlying causes of medical errors, and discussing what can be done to promote patient safety in surgical facilities across the country. We pledge to provide…

New Construction in Jonesboro, AR

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Debra had an extremely productive day with the staff at Surgery Center at the Reserve in Jonesboro. While delivery of the policy manuals was the primary purpose, Debra was able to begin training of the new Clinical Director. She was also…

Report: Healthcare Sector Hit Hard in 2016 by Data Breaches

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Across all industries, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, and in healthcare, troubling data security trends continue to plague the sector, according to new research from the Identity Theft…

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State ASC Associations   ALABAMA Alabama Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
 400 MacFarland Blvd. North Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 www.aaasc.net   ARIZONA Arizona Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
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Successful Client Survey: Ky Advanced Surgical Center

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Ky Advanced Surgical Center passed their Initial TJC Deemed Status Survey! Congrats to Ky Advanced Surgical Center on their successful Deemed Status TJC Survey! This new facility in Fresno, CA is a physician owned, single specialty, 1 OR…

Health Care Coalition Calls for Prior Authorization Reform

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Responding to unreasonable hurdles for patients seeking care, a coalition including the American Medical Association (AMA) and 16 other health care organizations today urged health plans, benefit managers, and others to reform prior authorization…

Management Visit and Annual Mock Survey in Montgomery, AL

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We have had the pleasure of working with Jackson Surgery Center in Montgomery, AL since 2014. What started out as a new set of policy and procedure manuals developed into on-going management during some big leadership transitions in the facility.…

Finding Personal and Professional Harmony

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You don't care how many hours you work, you're satisfied with your pay and you eat stress for breakfast. The bottom line is that you really like — or even love — your job, in spite of the pressure and the demanding schedule, and regardless…

Mock Survey in Salisbury, MD

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Neither severe wind nor rain nor gloom of night stays these PSS consultants (Leanne and Debra) from the swift completion of a mock survey. While our flights into PHI and drive to Salisbury MD had some challenges, we thoroughly enjoyed our…

Progressive Huddle: CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs

Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR Ambulatory Surgery Center Association CMS requirements and quality reporting can be challenging for perioperative leaders in the ambulatory surgery center setting. Participants will learn what quality…

Aloha from Hawaiian Eye 2017

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The Hawaiian Eye meeting was on Kauai this year. Getting there turned into a bit of a fiasco for me. I had a 1015am departure scheduled for Friday. Finally at 230pm, they cancelled the flight after multiple delays. It took 1 ½ hours to get…

ASCA Winter Conference 2017

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Debra Stinchcomb presented “Cell Phone Usage by Patients/Patients Representatives” in San Antonio at the ASCA Winter 2017 conference. This presentation was part of the Minimizing your Regulatory and Legal Risk Seminar. Deb had the pleasure…

Anesthesia Alert: Ever Wonder How Anesthesia Gets Paid?

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Ever wonder how anesthesia providers are paid? Most of us are salaried or are paid hourly, but it's good for facility managers to know how the folks at the head of the table bill insurers for our services — and what factors make a facility…

Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery Prepares for Initial Accreditation

Regina and Leanne spent the day helping Dr. Clark, and her team at Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery prepare for their upcoming accreditation survey. Progressive Surgical Solutions has been working with Dr. Clark offering development consulting…

Joint Commission & CMS Disallow Text Messaging to Transmit Patient Care Orders

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The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed their May decision on secure text messaging to transmit patient care orders. The statement explained that secure text messaging platforms are not an…

Great Leadership Amid Change at Archibald Surgery Center

Leanne and Regina spent a great day at Archibald Surgery Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Rarely have we been greeted so warmly for a mock survey. Everyone we encountered was so helpful. This ASC has been through multiple changes of ownership over…

Coding & Billing: The Absurdity of the ASC Payment System

In 2008, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the system that it uses to set ASC payment rates today, ASCs were reimbursed about 65% of what HOPDs receive for providing the same surgical services. The rationale:…

Year End Mock Survey with Management Client in Queens, NY

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Deb and Regina had a tremendous day at Mason Eye Surgery Center in Queens, NY. We visited to perform a mock survey, which ends their initial year of management by PSS. In their first year of business, they have seen the same challenges that…

New WHO Recommendations on Preventing SSIs

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on November 3 released the “Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection,” which includes a list of 29 recommendations (13 preoperative and 16 intra- and postoperative). Included…

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In Rare Move, FDA Bans Powdered Gloves

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Powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and the absorbable powder used to lubricate a surgeon's glove present "an unreasonable and substantial health risk" to healthcare providers and their patients. So says the FDA, which…

President Barack Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

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President Barack Obama, today, signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation approved by the US Senate and House of Representatives last week that includes two key provisions that benefit Medicare patients and the physicians who care…

Mock Survey in Fayettville, AR

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Leanne traveled to Debra’s home site of Fayetteville, Arkansas to perform a mock survey for Arkansas Outpatient Eye Surgery. Many thanks to the hospitality of Phil, Holly and the rest of their staff. Progressive Surgical eSupport will be…

Can Patients Directly Sue Your Facility?

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When you think of malpractice, you likely think of a patient suing you for the actions of your physicians or staff, but patients can also directly sue your hospital or surgical center under a doctrine called corporate negligence. One of the…

Joint Commission announces Medicare-deemed ASC survey changes

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The Joint Commission on November 30 announced that to better align with Medicare surveyor guidelines, ASCs electing to use the Medicare-deemed status option may receive adjustment to the length of time for the survey and number of surveyors. The…

Custom Policy and Procedure Manuals for Transformations Surgery Center

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Debra visited Transformations Surgery Center in Wesley Chapel, FL on November 30 and had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ambay, Kristy and Lauren for the afternoon. Construction should be completed on their 1 OR surgery center e completed in…

Management Client, Legacy Surgery Center: Year-End Mock Survey

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Debra and Regina perfomed the year-end mock survey for Legacy Surgery Center in Little Rock on November 17, 2016. Legacy Surgery Center is one of our management clients. We provide a number of compliance services for them throughout the year…

National Handwashing Awareness Week: December 4-10

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Hand Hygiene is one of the most important parts of your facility infection control program and it definitely remains to be one of the most consistently cited deficiencies. If you think you are doing enough hand hygiene, quadruple it. Make…

House Passes Health Care Legislation Impacting ASCs

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On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act. This bipartisan bill, introduced by US Representative Fred Upton, includes two key provisions that benefit Medicare patients and the physicians who care for them…

Poll: Americans Want Trump to First Focus on Healthcare

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Americans say health care is the issue President-elect Donald Trump should tackle first upon entering office, according to a poll released Thursday. Twenty-one percent in the Reuters/Ipsos survey hope Trump makes the issue his top priority after…

On-Site Training at Virginia Surgery Center

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One of the many consulting services Progressive Surgical Solutions offers is on-site training of clinical staff. Leanne spent 2 days with Penny Hughes BSN, RN who has recently joined the team at Virginia Surgery Center as the Director of Nursing.…

Donald Trump Picks Staunch Obamacare Critic Tom Price, MD, as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

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If his choice of orthopedic surgeon and outspoken Obamacare critic Tom Price, MD (R-GA), to head the Department of Health and Human Services is any indication, it certainly appears President-elect Donald Trump really meant it when he promised…

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THANK YOU! Thank you for requesting your FREE web demo of Progressive Surgical eSupport! You're gonna love it! We will be in touch with you shortly to schedule. We look forward to welcoming you to the community...peace of mind is in your…

Behind the Scenes at AORN with Crissy Benze

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I wrapped up my second to last semester of my MSN program a couple weeks ago...the end is in sight!! This semester I was required to do 120 preceptorship hours with a nurse in a leadership position. Since my family moved to Colorado last year,…

First Cases of Candida auris Reported in United States

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Thirteen cases of Candida auris (C. auris), a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, have been identified in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seven of the…

Progressive Huddle: Annual Survey Watch Report 2016

Leanne Gallegos, BSN, RN Progressive Surgical Solutions We have the benefit of working with dozens of surgery centers across the country as they prepare for and go through surveys. Join us for a 20 minute review on the most common deficiencies…

Study: Patient Warming Doesn’t Prevent SSIs in Clean Wound Surgery

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Forget most of what you believe about the relationship between hypothermia and surgical site infections (SSIs). New research not only contradicts the widely held notion that preventing intraoperative hypothermia reduces the risk of SSIs in patients…

Get Patients to Pay in Full On the Day of Surgery

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With patients paying more out-of-pocket than ever before, collecting deductibles and co-pays on the day of surgery has never been more critical to a healthy revenue stream. At our physician-owned center, where 40¢ of every $1 come from point-of-service…

Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association Meeting 2016

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PSS was a proud sponsor at the annual meeting of MASA, the Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association. They had a record attendance of 70+ attendees. Many thanks to Andrea Hyatt, Marjorie Blouin, and the rest of their team for organizing a great…

State of the Art Endoscopy Center Opens in Las Vegas

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Congratulations to Dr. Noel Fajardo, J.R Villablanca de Mendoza, RN, BSN and their team for passing their recent Joint Commission deemed status survey. LV Surgery Center opened for business on August 26, 2016 and was granted deemed status October…

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Mock Survey in Fresno, CA

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Leanne and Debra visited Urology Associates of Central California this week. After 15 years in the circulating role, Stephanie Mattos, RN stepped up to the Clinical Director position. She and her team are preparing for their upcoming AAAHC accreditation…

Progressive Surgical Half Time Access

October 28, 2016 ASC Survey Preparation Crissy Benze, BSN, RN Download the Slides Course Evaluation for CE Credit (complete by Friday November 4)

Total Ankle Replacement Less Costly When Performed in ASCs

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A study presented at the 2016 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Meeting found that total ankle replacements performed in ASCs were about $4,000 less than those performed in inpatient facilities, the October Orthopedics Today…

Mock Survey in San Rafael, CA

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After dropping Dr. Wherry and Nancy off in Sacramento, Deb drove to San Rafael to meet up with Regina for a mock survey at a long term client, Marin Eye. Marin has had some turnover lately. Prior to the visit, Debra has been working with…

Perioperative Assessment in Paradise, CA

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Nancy, Dr. Tom Wherry and Deb headed to northern California on Monday. They conducted a perioperative assessment of the Feather River Hospital Surgery Center. The objective of the assessment was to review each functional area within the ASC…

eSupport Update Confirmation

Thank you for registering! You are on the list. Look out for a confirmation email from GoToWebinar and join us: eSupport Update Webinar and Q&A Tuesday June 27, 2017, 11:00AM PT/2:00PM ET         …

6 Areas of Focus to Improve Efficiency and Increase the Bottom Line

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Improving efficiency while increasing the bottom line is the primary objective of nearly every ASC. In a recent webinar titled "Is Your ASC as Efficient and Profitable as it Should Be?" representatives of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America…

Kansas Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2016

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This past week, Debra had the pleasure to speak to the attendees at the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Deb spoke on Quality Management (including Risk Management, Quality Management, QI Studies and Quality…

Tips for Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

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Tips for Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery Jared R. Younger, MD, MPH Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC Pearls for smoothly integrating a new laser and quickly achieving profitability A femtosecond laser is a major capital…

International Infection Prevention Week

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Infection prevention is everyone’s job. Each of us has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection—and hand hygiene is key! APIC is here to help with resources for you and members of your healthcare organization.…

How to comply with nondiscrimination requirements by 10/19/16

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The ASC Association (ASCA) sent out information last week on how to comply with the Affordable Care Act's Section 1557 by October 19, 2016. This requires language assistance for people with limited English proficiency and effective communication…

Experts Can Help ASC Leaders Solidify Building Safety

Experts Can Help ASC Leaders Solidify Building Safety Featuring: Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC For an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), maintaining a safe physical environ- ment for patients generally falls to the administrator…

Mock Survey in Norfolk, VA

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Regina and Leanne visited Virginia Surgery Center in Norfolk, VA this week. Karen Spencer, CEO and her team are preparing for their upcoming AAAHC accreditation survey and asked that we conduct a mock survey to identify any deficiencies and…

Newport Bay Surgery Center scores another zero deficiency survey report!

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Three years ago Newport Bay Surgery Center, in Newport Beach, CA had ZERO deficiencies on their HFAP accreditation, Deemed Status survey. NBSC is managed by PSS and I have served as the Administrator since it’s opening in 2007. The survey…

ASCA Hosts Meeting on Future of Outpatient Care

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ASCA hosted its second Evolution of Outpatient Surgery Summit (EOSS) in Washington, DC, last week. The EOSS is an invitation-only meeting that includes ASCA leaders and others from the ASC community, representatives from the Centers for Medicaid…

Is Office-Based Surgery Safe?

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Comparing Outcomes of 183,914 Aesthetic Surgical Procedures Across Different types of Accredited Facilities There has been a dramatic rise in office-based surgery. However, due to wide variations in regulatory standards, the safety of office-based…
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AMO University Canada makes a big splash!

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Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC AMO University has long been the gold standard for refractive surgery staff training. With the dramatic shift of cataract surgery to private centers all across Canada, AMO Canada decided to extend the AMO U focus…

Survey Prep in Brunswick, GA

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Deb continues her southern tour this week as she drives from Montgomery AL to Brunswick GA on Tuesday afternoon. She meets up with Leanne for a mock survey at Apex Surgery Center in Brunswick, GA. We took this client over from another consultant…

New Leadership in Montgomery, AL

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I was in Montgomery AL at Jackson Surgery Center for a quarterly management visit.  The Administrator we recruited has been there a month and is a fantastic fit for the facillity. He has built on the audit that Nancy Stephens with PSS performed…

7 Cost-Cutting Ideas for OR Managers

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I’m convinced most facility managers don't take the time to consider the not-so-obvious ways they could save money and eliminate wasteful spending. Sure, you might be thinking, I'll start looking for loose change in my spare time, right after…

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A New Identity for Progressive Surgical Solutions

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We at Progressive Surgical Solutions are proud to announce and reveal our new brand identity! We have grown as a company over the past 16 years and decided our "look" had some catching up to do. Our mission, purpose and responsive style of…

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New Policy and Procedure Manuals for DeHaven Surgical Center

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Leanne spent the afternoon with Terri McDougal, DeeDee Laney and Renee Stephens at DeHaven Surgical Center reviewing their new policy and procedure manuals. As a result of our extensive survey experience PSS policies and procedures help assure…

Progressive Huddle: Narcotic Diversion Prevention

John Karwoski JDJ Consulting Get educated on the national epidemic of illegal narcotic use, federal regulations addressing the issue, and the impact on the local community and ASC Get training on the importance of diversion prevention Learn…

Health Insurers’ Pullback Threatens to Create Monopolies

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Nearly a third of the nation’s counties look likely to have just a single insurer offering health plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges next year, according to a new analysis, an industry pullback that adds to the challenges facing…

When there is turnover at the top...

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Crissy and Regina had a great visit with the Eye Surgery Center of North Dallas staff. PSS was thrilled to facilitate development of this beautiful, 4 OR, state of the art ophthalmic ASC 2 years ago. They have already hit their stride doing…

NY ASC Symposium 2016

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This year, Progressive Surgical Solutions was a proud sponsor for the 3rd annual NY Metro ASC Symposium, which took place September 14, 2016, at the New York Hilton Midtown. This one-day seminar is devoted to ambulatory surgery centers…

Up to Speed in NYC

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The day in Queens, NY was gorgeous. Enjoyed spending the day with Yelena Mason, Mei Tan, Dr. Mason and Dr. Kleinman at Mason Eye Surgery Center. The ASC is up to speed for compliance with NY regulations, CMS cfcs, and TJC standards! Good day…