Web-based Education Raises Patient Satisfaction Scores for Outpatient Orthopedic Procedures

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Enhanced patient satisfaction scores were seen in patients who received supplemental web-based education before having outpatient orthopedic surgical procedures in this study presented March 7 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons…

National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

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Last week was Patient Safety Awareness Week, “designed to mark a dedicated time and a platform to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public” (United for Patient Safety, n.d.). Keeping patients…

ASCA Faults Kaiser Health News and USA Today for Sensationalism and Misrepresentation of Safety and Quality in ASCs

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The leadership of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), the country's leading representative and advocate of ambulatory surgery centers, today sharply rebuked both Kaiser Health News (KHN) and USA Today for their March 2, 2018,…

Infection Control Program Elements to Remember: Ambulatory Buzz

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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,…

AORN Acquires Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Two of surgery's most respected voices are joining forces to create a powerhouse with unmatched reach and influence. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has acquired Outpatient Surgery Magazine and the OR Excellence Conference…

CMS Proposes Opioid Prescribing Limits for Medicare Enrollees

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Pharmacies would have new limits on filling opioid prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries under regulations proposed Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). "We are proposing important new actions to reduce seniors'…

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

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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.…

Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2017: A Year in Review

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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…

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

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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…

Healthcare Report 2018: Best & Worst States for Healthcare

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Healthcare has been a significant topic in the recent U.S. Presidential election. There is controversy among which form of health care should be implemented. However, it’s likely that this issue will not be sorted for quite some time. As the…