Archive February 2003 IV, No. 2


Battle in the Big Easy
New Orleans antitrust case could impact how community hospitals deal with competing surgery centers.

The Laparoscope Revolution
What's new with this tool for minimally-invasive surgery.

How to Cost-Justify a New Piece of Equipment
Your capital equipment budget keeps shrinking, but your major equipment keeps getting older.

A Review of Procedure Packs
A look at seven companies' pack offerings.

Inside MedPAC's Proposed Cuts
What the federal government may do to your ASC's reimbursements for Medicare patients.

3-Step Guide to PONV Prophylaxis
One expert's advice on how to prevent PONV.

Outpatient Centers Get Aggressive with PONV Prophylaxis
While most use an aggressive strategy, many remain unsure of the best way to prevent PONV.

Choosing Your Active Electrodes with Care
A review of the pros and cons of reusable and disposable electrodes.


Editor's Page
Win Some, Lost Some

This Just In

Letters & Emails
Better Postop Pain Control

Ideas That Work
Internet Access in the Waiting Room

Juggling Requests for Time Off

Coding & Billing
Solving 2003's Coding Mysteries

If You're Thinking of Buying...
Fluid Management Products

Infection Prevention
The True Value of Chemical Indicators

Product News
A New Way to Warm Up the Crowd

Site Visit
Mountain Empire Surgery Center, Johnson City, Tenn.
Teaming Up for Success

My Turn
The Malpractice Crisis: Fight or Flight?

February 2003

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