National Surgical Technologist Week 2017

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SEPTEMBER 17-23,2017 Each year, National Surgical Technologist Week is an opportunity to promote the profession and educate the community about the vital role that surgical technologists play in the OR. In 1984, the Association of Surgical…

More Young People Are Dying of Colon Cancer

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When researchers reported earlier this year that colorectal cancer rates were rising in adults as young as their 20s and 30s, some scientists were skeptical. The spike in figures, they suggested, might not reflect a real increase in disease…

82 Percent of Physician Practices Rank This Regulatory Issue ‘Extremely Burdensome’

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Regulatory changes can be particularly trying for physician groups, with many providers allocating more time and resources to meeting regulatory requirements. Medical Group Management Association polled 750 physician group practices to see what…

Researchers Reveal Prevalence of Unused Prescription Opioids Following Surgery

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In a review of half a dozen published studies in which patients self-reported use of opioids prescribed to them after surgery, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that a substantial majority of patients used only some or none of the pills, and…

Sterility Concerns Prompt Shutdown of Utah-Based Compounding Pharmacy

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions of Salt Lake City, Utah, to stop manufacturing and distributing medications after the compounding firm was repeatedly warned about producing potentially contaminated…

House Committee Requests Study on ASC Volume Migration

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This week the House Appropriations Committee, the entity responsible for delegating funds to federal agencies, reviewed the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill which determines how much funding certain agencies, such as…

National ASC Week 2017

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What a great industry we work in! This is our week to not only celebrate, but to showcase our benefits. Our facilities provide excellent patient care as demonstrated in quality reporting, high patient satisfaction, high surgeon satisfaction…

FDA Recall

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This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that ICU Medical, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP 1000mL to the hospital/user level due to a confirmed customer complaint of particulate…

New Nevada Surgery Center Association Interim Board Moves Forward

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New Nevada Surgery Center Association Interim Board Moves Forward The interim board of the newly revamped Nevada Surgery Center Association (NVSCA) met this week in Las Vegas. ASCA staff attended the meeting to assist the board in reviewing…

National Health Care Fraud Takedown: Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants…