Entries by Courtney Leonis

ASC Staffing Roles and Considerations

ASC Staffing Roles and Considerations Administrative EyeCare Jan/Feb 2018 Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) perform a wide variety of tasks and procedures under the direction of a licensed ophthalmologist in the practice setting. They collect data, perform procedures, administer medication and treatments, and supervise […]

Nurses Week 2018

National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2018 National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. It is a great opportunity every year to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make […]

Lisa Harrington Joins Progressive Surgical Solutions

The Progressive Surgical Solutions team is growing! Effective May 1, 2018, we welcome Lisa Harrington, with over 25 years experience in the ambulatory surgery center industry. For the past 22 years, she has owned and operated Langston Healthcare Services, providing guidance and assistance to California ASCs as they navigate the complex the requirements of state […]

ASCA 2018 Kicks Off in Boston

The ASCA 2018 national meeting is in the great city of Boston this year. As in previous years, I was invited to moderate the pre-meeting workshop for the CASC Review Course. This year, I was joined at the podium by John Goehle, MBA, CASC, CPA who presented on Finance, and Mary Ryan, MBA, BSN, RN, […]

Infection Control Program Elements to Remember: Ambulatory Buzz

By Crissy Benze, MSN, BSN, RN Senior Consultant Progressive Surgical Solutions   Read original post featuring Crissy Benze in The Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz As busy Clinical Directors and Infection Control Coordinators, constant attention is required to ensure our ambulatory surgery center (ASC) policies and procedures for infection control (IC) are kept up-to-date. Though IC […]

Compounding Problems

Compounding Problems Administrative EyeCare Nov/Dec2017 Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC Anthony Dziabo Mark T. Livingston         In the fall of 2011 more than 20 people were injured when compounding pharmacies repackaged the anti-cancer drug, Avastin, into smaller doses for treating macular degeneration. Many lost their eye-sight and one patient suffered brain […]

Progressive Surgical eSupport: Helping Your ASC Meet Today’s Challenges

A large majority of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country are 100 percent physician owned and do not have a big corporate infrastructure in place to ensure regulatory updates are identified, disseminated, and implemented appropriately. Just in the past couple of years the ASC industry has gone through the adoption of several new regulations, […]

Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2017: A Year in Review

Throughout 2017 there were numerous changes in the healthcare industry, with large events such as the inauguration of a new president and significant shift in political control and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacting the industry. As it relates to ambulatory surgery centers, there were a few trends to note: continued consolidation, changes to reimbursement, continued […]

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

During week 5 (January 28-February 3, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States. Viral Surveillance: The most frequently identified influenza virus subtype reported by public health laboratories during week 5 was influenza A(H3). The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories remained elevated. Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of […]