Archive December 2016 XVII, No. 12


Is Obamacare About to Get Trumped?
We won't have to wait long to see how the President-elect's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will play out.

Streamline Room Turnover
How to ready your ORs faster — consistently, completely and without cutting corners.

Warming Trends
What are your rules for keeping patients normothermic?

Say Yes to Opioid-Free Surgery
A hospital eliminated opioids from surgery and removed prescription painkillers from its post-op pain control protocol.

Where's the Love?
How to nurture a healthy central sterile supply-OR relationship.

Torn Between Two Meshes
Hernia mesh options are no longer just biologics or conventional — you have new options for more complex cases.

Keep Your Employees Free From Harm
A number of hazards are lurking in your operating rooms.

28 Tips to Improve Arthroscopy Efficiency
Keep cases moving, surgeons happy and profits flowing.

The Latest and Greatest in Anesthesia
The American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting was jam-packed with innovative tools and products.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Let Your Staff Know Their Ideas Matter

Ideas That Work: How to ID Dirty Scopes During Transport

Ideas That Work: What We'd Love to Tell Our Patients

Ideas That Work: A Positive Spin on Same-Day Op Reports

Ideas That Work: Stock Snacks in Your Office

Ideas That Work: Store Endoscopes and Their Parts Together

Ideas That Work: Cords Offer Cleaning Cues


Editor's Page: Follow the Money
The math can be tricky in the business of surgery.

Staffing: Vendor Reps Are People, Too
Treat your surgical salespeople as strategic partners.

Business Advisor: We Posted Our Prices Online (You Can, Too)
Pricing transparency is the surest way to appeal to self-pay patients.

Coding & Billing: The Absurdity of the ASC Payment System
Why does Medicare pay surgical centers 50% of what hospitals receive?

Thinking of Buying ... Surgical Video Monitors
4K is fantastic, but there are also other factors to consider.

Anesthesia Alert: Ever Wonder How Anesthesia Gets Paid?
A crash course in base units and 15-minute increments of time.

Cutting Remarks: The Instrument Approval Gauntlet
Jumping through hoops to get that purchase order.

Behind Closed Doors: Saving the Shrew
Don't be a Grinch this holiday season.

December 2016

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