Successful Client Survey: Eye Surgery Center of Augusta

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Eye Surgery Center of Augusta passed a random AAAHC Accreditation Survey in November 2015! Congrats to the Eye Surgery Center of Augusta, LLC on their successful random AAAHC Accreditation Survey in November! This facility is a physician…

Successful Client Survey: Lake Jackson Endoscopy Center

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Lake Jackson Endoscopy Center passed TJC Deemed Status initial survey in December, 2015. Congrats to Lake Jackson Endoscopy Center on their successful TJC Deemed Status survey! This facility is physician owned, single specialty, 2 OR, 1 Treatment…

Legal Update: Are Your GI Lab Services Legal?

Do your gastroenterologists outsource their laboratory services? If so, you'd best ensure that their billing arrangements are on the level, because a recent advisory opinion from federal watchdogs has put a common endoscopy center business practice…

Nationwide Outpatient Satisfaction Survey to Begin Next Month

How do your patients rate their experiences at your facility, and how do your ratings compare to those of other outpatient facilities nationwide? Beginning next month, you'll have the chance to find out. CMS will begin a voluntary data collection…

Successful Client Survey: Evergreen Eye Surgery Center

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Evergreen Eye Surgery Center passed Initial TJC Accreditation in August 2015 Congrats to Evergreen Eye Surgery Center on their successful TJC Accreditation survey! Evergreen is a 1 OR Ophthalmology center that has been open and operating…

The Call Every Surgery Center Dreads

The Call Every Surgery Center Dreads Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC It’s the call every surgery center nursing director dreads. Dr. Smith, who operated at your center yes- terday, calls you late in the morning to say he thinks three of…

Infections from Flexible Endoscopes Cited as No. 1 Health Tech Hazard

Failure to adequately pre-clean flexible endoscopes before they're sterilized heads the list of the "Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2016," as determined by ECRI Institute, which publishes an annual list of top 10 health technology hazards.…

FDA orders recall under consent decree for all Custom Ultrasonics automated endoscope reprocessors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs) from health care facilities due to the firm’s continued violations of federal law and a consent decree entered…

Certification Should Be Required, Say Sterile Processing Pros

A recent survey of 258 sterile processing professionals found that an astounding 99.2% believe that certification should be required for professionals in their field, with 87% saying that such a requirement would increase respect for the job…

Half of Medical Workers Contaminate Themselves When Removing Personal Protective Equipment

Even when they don protective gear correctly, nearly half of medical workers contaminate their skin or clothing when removing gowns and especially gloves, a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found. The study, led by researchers…