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As a disposable version of the instrument used in one of the most common medical procedures in the United States inches closer to widespread availability, a team of Johns Hopkins data researchers is studying the economic and safety implications associated with the devices used to perform colonoscopies. Gastroenterology researcher Susan Hutfless led a first-of-its-kind study, reporting that while disposable devices might lead to lower rates of post-colonoscopy infection, institutions that perform the procedure thousands of times per year might better benefit from improved disinfection methods of reusable scopes.
Source: Science Daily/ ASCA
From January 1 to August 22, 2019, 1,215 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states. This is an increase of 12 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
Designing a bundled payment program for your ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a complex process because the pieces of the puzzle change every time a new bundle is created. But the time is now to accelerate your center’s efforts to execute: bundled payments are expected to be 17% of all medical payment types by 2022.
Source: Regent Surgical Health
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule, titled, “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine,” became effective on August 21, 2019. This final rule prohibits all facilities subject to the rule from sewering hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. The EPA provides resources including a rule summary, rule history and webinars. Please contact your consultant pharmacist with questions.
Richard Berger, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, has performed more than 10,000 outpatient joint replacement surgeries. Now, he’s trying to get more physicians to do more outpatient surgery themselves. Joint replacement patients who go home the same day of surgery are as happy, if not happier, than those who remained in the hospital, according to a study out of Rush University Medical Center led by Berger.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Working in healthcare means we are used to many scenarios and have many tools to handle bizarre, uncomfortable or intimately private situations. For the most part, we have honed these skills around patient-centered issues. Conversely, many of us lack the experience to address tricky situations with each other. To help translate those patient-centered skills to compassion for a colleague, here are simple solutions to three awkward problems.