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The 3 Trends Influencing Outpatient Surgery Center Success

Outpatient surgery centers have never been more desirable than they are now. With a growing movement toward value-based care, several factors are pushing care to the outpatient arena. At Becker’s 16th Annual ASC Conference in Chicago, HealthCare Appraisers Director Luis Argueso and Partner Nicholas Janiga shared their thoughts on how surgery centers can capitalize on current marketplace trends. Mr. Argueso said payers are some of the biggest players in healthcare today.

Source: Becker’s ASC Review

 

Doling Out Pain Pills Post-Surgery: An Ingrown Toenail not the Same as a By-pass

What’s the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? That question is front and center as conventional approaches to pain control in the United States have led to what some see as a culture of overprescribing, helping spur the nation’s epidemic of opioid overuse and abuse.

Source: Chicago Tribune

 

 

Cataract Surgery Linked to Reduced Traffic Crashes

Editor’s Note In this study, cataract surgery was associated with a patient’s reduced subsequent risk of being in a serious traffic crash as a driver. This analysis of 559,546 patients who had cataract surgery in at least one eye found that the crash rate decreased from 2.36 to 2.14 per 1,000 patient years after surgery, for a 9% reduction.

Source: OR Manager

 

5 Key Challenges for ASCs

As the healthcare industry shifts toward care in outpatient settings to cut costs and boost care quality, ASC leaders are challenged to manage several issues in their market — from a lack of efficient patient data management tools to adjusting to new ASC players. Here are five top challenges ASCs face today and how to address them, as discussed by the panelists.

Source: Becker’s ASC Review

 

National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges against 601 Individuals Responsible for over $2 Billion in Fraud Losses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar III, announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $2 billion in false billings. Of those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.

Source: ASCA/DEA

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