ASC Industry News

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Trends in U.S. Antibiotic Use, 2018

Antibiotic resistance remains a pressing global public health problem. This second report on antibiotic use in the United States highlights encouraging progress made over the past year in the collection and availability of data for both human health care and animal agriculture settings.

Source: ASCA/Pew Charitable Trusts

 

More Than 3 Million Healthcare Records Breached in Q2

New data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer shows more than 3.14 million patient records were compromised in 142 breach incidents reported to Health and Human Services or the media from April to June 2018, the August 8 Healthcare Informatics reports.

Source: OR Manager

 

There’s An App For That

Need to order supplies, schedule your staff, check your patients’ health histories, update your surgeons’ preference cards, earn your CE credits? There’s an app for that, as well as for many other facets of running a surgical facility you might not know about.

Source: Outpatient Surgery Magazine

 

What is an ASC Revenue Cycle Assessment: 10 Things to Know

Denials and poor follow-up processes. Charge entry errors. Accounts receivable (A/R) days well above industry standards. High self-pay balances. Failure to negotiate or load payor contracts. Incomplete operative notes. What do these issues have in common? They all contribute to ASCs leaving money — and potentially a lot of it — on the table.

Source: Beckers ASC Review

 

Researchers Find Conditions, Characteristics That Raise Opioid Risk

Certain risk factors contribute to opioid misuse, including depression, back pain and previous drug use, according to an analysis of data. Specific prescribing patterns, surgical procedures and patient characteristics increase the risk of long-term opioid use, which is generally considered longer than two months after surgery or trauma.

Source: ASCA/United Press International

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