Medical Malpractice-Malpractice Trends in the Ambulatory Arena

It might come as a surprise that the number of malpractice events in ambulatory settings is on the rise. According to “Malpractice Risk in Ambulatory Settings: An Increasing and Under Recognized Problem,” nearly half of all malpractice events…

Medicare Announces 2013 Payment Rates

Hospital outpatient departments will see a 1.8% increase in their Medicare reimbursements next year, while ASC’s get only a 0.6% bump, according to the final rule on facility payment policies that CMS issued November 1. The final rule, scheduled…

Business Advisor: A Few Things We Can Control

Regardless of the outcome of the election, there are a few things every facility and its employees should always do, focus on what you can control: Safety: The majority of your of policies and procedures are geared toward ensuring that no…

Tips to Turbocharge Your Surgical Safety Checklist

No matter where you are on your checklist journey, this advice will help you reap the rewards of a well-designed checklist system. Ensure that it’s user-built and maintained. The most important phrase on the current WHO Surgical Safety…

2012 - 2013 Influenza Outlook

The seasonal influenza vaccine protects against the three viral strains most likely to cause the flu in the upcoming year. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine has one strain in common with last year’s vaccine, H1N1-like virus, plus two new…

5 Goals for Surgery Centers in 2013

2013 will bring inevitable changes to the ASC industry: the introduction of mandatory quality reporting in late 2012, planned cuts to government physician payments at the beginning of the year, and most likely the increase of joint ventures,…

Additional Complications for Victims of Meningitis Outbreak

Physicians are reporting two new spinal conditions among patients who had injections of the tainted steroids that have caused widespread cases of meningitis. Patients who have been treated for meningitis and showed improvement soon returned…

Staffing: Develop a Facility Full of Leaders

Develop consistency. The staff is your facility’s eyes and ears. Work with them to develop consistency in how you interpret your facility’s policies and procedures. Form a standards committee comprised of key members of your surgical team…

5 Ways to Cut Anesthesia Costs in an ASC

Prevent anesthesia side effects, such as pain and nausea, to help prevent prolonged recovery time. Move cases through quickly. Anesthesiologists should be accustomed to administering nerve blocks and sedatives timed for the length of the…

Tips for Email Etiquette

In the email world its how you say and what you say that matters. Use these tips to assure appropriate communication. What is you subject? Always include a subject or you risk the email not being open. Be nice. Say hello or good morning…