• New Mid-Year Codes Impact ASCs
    Five new surgical codes and six new drug/biologic codes – effective July 1, 2012 – have been added to the list of ASC payable procedures. ...More
    June 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • House Takes Action on Drug Shortages
    Following the U.S. Senate's lead, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation that reauthorizes the Food and Drug Administration's drug and medical device review process – including significant reforms designed to prevent future drug shortages. ...More
    June 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Research: Surgical Site Infections More Likely in Patients with History of Skin Infection
    People with a past history of just a single skin infection may be three times more likely to develop a painful, costly — and potentially deadly — surgical site infection (SSI) when they have an operation, according to new Johns Hopkins research. ...More
    June 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • EHR Meaningful Use Program Enters 2nd Year: Stage 2 Rules Proposed
    With the federal government’s program to promote “meaningful use" of EHRs among physicians and hospitals well into its second year, debate is now focusing on what the requirements for Stage 2 of the program should be. For physicians in ASCs, the concerns about the ...More
    June 1, 2012 Posted in Articles
  • SurgiStrategies July 2012 Issue
    An ambulatory surgery center (ASC) can potentially increase profits and volume by maximizing reimbursements, assessing case profitability, examining its procedure mix, analyzing supply value, increasing scheduling efficiencies, implementing an electronic medical record ...More
    June 1, 2012 Posted in Digital Issues
  • What I overheard at the ASCA conference in Dallas...
    As a reporter attending industry gatherings of ASC professionals, sometimes the best quotes I hear are the ones that nobody intends to utter "on the record." ...More
    May 31, 2012 Posted in Blog
  • Sterile Processing: Critical to the Success of Surgical Facilities
    As a nonrevenue-generating department, the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) or Central Sterile Department (CS) can be the “victim" of the chopping block in budgetary considerations – yet there are many reasons to reconsider. ...More
    May 29, 2012 Posted in Articles
  • 'Do We Need to Report This?'
    ASC staff members understand that the unintended retention of a foreign object qualifies as an incident ... but what about when the situation is more foggy? ...More
    May 28, 2012 Posted in Blog