Archive August 2004 V, No. 8

Features

Secrets of a Bustling Gastrointestinal Center
How one GI center has nearly quadrupled its caseload — to more than 17,000 procedures annually — and continues to grow.

Secrets of Our Successful Glove Trial
We ran our trial in three weeks and got the three results we wanted - to save money, reduce our inventory and settle on one company's product line.

Do You Outsource Your Billing?
Our online survey found that most facility managers would rather not hand off this critical function. Are they missing out on a good thing?

Is Your Anesthesia Contract All It Should Be?
When it's time to renegotiate, here are 10 tips to get the best arrangement for your facility.

What's New In Surgical Drapes
The latest in drapes that could save you time, improve safety and provide greater patient and staff comfort.

3 Questions About Autoclavable Endoscopes
What you need to know before you switch from chemical sterilization or upgrade your old scopes.

The Push for Mandatory Office Accreditation
Despite association mandates and serious adverse outcomes, fewer than 2,000 office-based suites have been accredited. What's holding them back?

What's New for Cataract Surgery
A report from the exhibit hall at the 2004 meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Thinking of Buying...A Sterilizer
Here's how to determine the right method, right turn-around time, right size and right price for your facility.

Inside the Rent-a-patient Scam
About 5,000 healthy patients were recruited nationwide and flown to California, where they underwent surgeries that were billed at excessive amounts to their insurance companies.

Departments

Editor's Page
Your Necessary Evils

This Just In
States Should Abolish CONs, Says Government Report

Letters & E-mails

Ideas That Work
One-two Punch Is Key to Room Turnover

Legal Update
When Physicians Go Bare

Coding & Billing
When Medicare Won't Cover Knee Arthroscopy

Ask the Experts
How Do You Determine Man Hours per Case?

Safety
Protecting Patients From Laparoscopic Burns

Infection Prevention
SUD Reprocessing Update

Product News
Oximetry Unplugged

My Turn
Death by Malpractice Premium

August 2004

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