CDC Study: Doctors and Nurses Admit to Reusing Syringes for Multiple Patients at Dangerously High Rates

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You'd think unsafe injection practices would be a rarity nowadays, but a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study finds that's not the case. Unsafe injection practices like reusing syringes on multiple patients are happening at…

How Integer is Creating Cutting-Edge Disposable Ortho Surgical Tools

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Within healthcare today, there is a heightened focus on “value” — on the episode of care and the need to deliver improved patient care outcomes and lower overall costs. A related trend in the orthopedic segment involves the role instruments…

FDA Clears First Duodenoscope With Disposable Distal Cap

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the first duodenoscope with a disposable distal cap, a new feature that will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing. The Pentax ED34-i10T model duodenoscope is intended to provide visualization…

Warding Off Decline, Hospitals Invest in Outpatient Clinics

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Some of the hospital industry's most active investing these days is happening outside the hospital. Giant U.S. hospital operators, including Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dignity Health and HCA Healthcare Inc., are investing heavily in surgery centers,…

New Louisiana Regulations Allow for 23-Hour Stay

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The Louisiana Department of Public Health (DPH) released a final rule this week outlining several new regulations for ASCs. The Louisiana Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (LASCA) and ASCA provided comments to DPH and were able to successfully…

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma

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Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm. ASCs located in any…

Your Cataract Surgeons Will Love These New Devices

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This year's American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting commemorated the 50th anniversary of the invention of phacoemulsification. It was somehow fitting that a simple device designed to eliminate phaco ended up stealing the…

Updated: CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey

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Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm. ASCs will get exceptions…

States Take on Drug Transparency, Gouging

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States Take on Drug Transparency, Gouging As the U.S. Congress continues to highlight specific drug price increases rather than adopt wide-reaching legislation to curb such practices, states are taking the matter into their own hands. In…

Preparedness Month 2017

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September is Preparedness Month! ASCs are expected to comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local emergency preparedness requirements. Each facility must establish and maintain an emergency preparedness program that meets the requirements…