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In vs. Out-of-Network

I have been looking for recent articles focusing on comparisons of In vs. Out of network facilities/reimbursement. Beckers ASC had a couple, but they looked a bit outdated. Does anyone have a link to any recent articles? Maybe some opinions from othe...

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Cell Phone Photos in the OR

We seem to have a rash of surgeons lately who want to take photos of patients' surgeries. For example, a picture of a colon, an augementation after mastectomy, a very large goiter, etc. Our policy states that we can only take pictures with the OR cam...

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Picc lines

Are your preop nurses allowed to access picc lines for ambulatory surgeries?...

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Does CMS require annual employee physicals?

Heard a rumor from a friend at another ASC that Joint Commission has told them during a recent survey that CMS is now requiring annual employee physicals. Does anyone know if this is true, or have documentation where this standard can be found? Than...

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Artificial Nails

Are the nurses providing patient care in the pre-op area allowed to wear artificial fingernails?...

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CRNAs vs Anesthesiologists in ASCs

We are a 1-OR ophthalmology ASC. We currently use only anesthesiologists, who bill the patients directly for their services. We would like to switch to a CRNA only for our anesthesia provider. We would bill the patient and pay the CRNA directly. I'm ...

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Surgical Smoke: How do you clear the air?

What practice do you employ for removing surgical smoke from your electrocautery device?...

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Ambulatory Surgery Fall Risk Assessment Tool

Our hospital based Ambulatory Surgery Dept is working to develop a Fall Risk Assessment Tool. Is there anyone out there that has a tool that they use that works well for them that they would be willing to share with us. Also, do you assess every pa...

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How do you handle minor surgical procedures?

I'm looking for best practices on how to do minor surgery cases in an ambulatory day-stay unit. We are a 6-OR unit with a minor surgery room in the pre op/PACU area. We do straight local cases in the OR suites but occasionally a patient will come ...

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What is the best way to prevent falls at home after surgery?

At our outpatient orthopedic surgery center, we have noticed an increase in patient falls during our post op phone calls. We are looking for suggestions on how to prevent this problem. The surgeon's office does not offer much pre-op teaching. The sta...

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