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The transmission of serious viruses including adnovirus, HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) could occur from failure to adequately disinfect ophthalmology devices such as tonometers, according to a report from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). AAO’s report, coupled with additional data compiled by The Joint Commission, identifies an immediate threat to patients’ health and safety. Joint Commission data reveals significant unawareness or misinterpretation by health care organizations of manufacturers’ instructions on how to disinfect ophthalmology devices, as well as a noted decrease in these organizations’ commitment to train staff to disinfect the devices.
Source: TJC Press Release
One of the toughest challenges for surgery center leadership is determining the health of their revenue cycle. To help, Regent RCM developed ASC-specific revenue cycle management benchmarks to give ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) a much better handle on financial issues. A new white paper available here outlines how ASCs can use the benchmarks.
Source: Regent RCM
Surgical staplers for internal use are almost certainly headed for Class II regulation after an advisory panel Thursday endorsed FDA’s proposal to add premarket review and special controls to the category of devices. The panel said Class II regulation would offer a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness, and recommended simplifying proposed labeling and increasing surgeon training with the devices to improve outcomes.
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, today released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach. To ensure best practices for the treatment of pain, the Task Force final report underscores the need to address stigma, risk assessment, access to care and education.
Prices for health care services vary significantly, not only across markets but also within markets across settings of care. For example, the same services or care received in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) can cost several times as much as care received in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), with no difference in quality.