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High-alert and hazardous medications bear a heightened risk or cause significant patient harm and/or sentinel events when they are used in error and, as a result, require special safeguards. Look-alike/sound-alike (LASA) medications are those, either written or spoken, which may lead to potentially harmful errors when confused with each other.
Source: The Joint Commission
Covenant Surgical Partners today announced its newest partnership with Arizona Centers for Digestive Health, the state’s leading provider for full-spectrum gastrointestinal care, treating more than 52,000 outpatient clinical patients per year through 17 physicians and 11 physician assistants and nurse practitioners. With this agreement, Covenant adds 11 new practice locations and two state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers to its expanding national portfolio.
Source: ASCA/Business Wire
To adapt to the current payer landscape, ASCs should understand how to manage patients who have high-deductible health plans, according to ASC management software company Simplify ASC.
Source: Becker’s ASC Review
Health care now makes up nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product, and this number is only expected to rise, along with the aging U.S. population and prevalence of chronic disease. Last year alone, employers spent close to $700 billion on employee health care coverage. (More large employers are cutting commercial insurers out of the equation, working directly with providers to self-insure their employees’ health care.)
Source: Fierce Healthcare
A decade-old experiment to put a dent in Massachusetts health care costs by changing the way doctors are paid appears to be working — offering a potential strategy to combat one of the most vexing problems in today’s economy. In a new study, researchers at Harvard Medical School found that a payment plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that rewards doctors who control costs is linked to smaller increases in health care spending and better-quality care.
Source: ASCA/Boston Globe