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October 2017

Lawsuit Over Left-Behind Ligating Clip Can Proceed

Surgeons allegedly left a ligating clip in a patient's bladder after robot-assisted prostate removal — and you won't believe where they finally found it.
Published: October 20, 2017

Police: Director of Surgery Center Tried to Traffic 28g of Fentanyl

Police arrest spine surgeon for drug charges during investigation into unrelated cell phone theft.
Published: October 16, 2017

A Look at Health Care's Reimbursement Future at ORX

Attendees learned about the triple aim of care: quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
Published: October 13, 2017

At ORX, Why Open Disclosure Bests Deny and Defend

Transparency with patients when surgical errors occur improves care and eases the financial burden of malpractice liability.
Published: October 12, 2017

Study Finds Patients Fare Better When the Surgeon is Female

Nature or nurture? Women typically have to work harder to become surgeons, the authors point out.
Published: October 12, 2017

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September 2017

Dental Assistant Dead, Former ASC Co-worker Charged After They Stole Vial of Morphine and Shot Each Other Up

Investigation into the woman's overdose has led to charges of burglary, larceny and manslaughter against friend and former ASC colleague.
Published: September 28, 2017

Hospital: Cerner's Software Caused $16 Million in Losses

Agnesian Healthcare claims coding errors in billing software from Cerner forced it to send out bills by hand.
Published: September 26, 2017

Duodenoscope With Disposable Distal Cap Said to Be Easier to Reprocess

The FDA says the disposable cap will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing.
Published: September 21, 2017

Who's Using the Robot?

Study: Urology, gynecology and endocrine-related surgery have the highest proportion of robotic-assisted procedures.
Published: September 19, 2017

Inmate Claims He Was Needlessly Handcuffed and Shackled During and After Emergency Appendectomy

Despite objections from surgeon, prison guards kept patient restrained for days, according to lawsuit.
Published: September 14, 2017

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August 2017

Feds: Sightpath Lured Eye Surgeons With Luxury Trips for Nearly a Decade

Mobile cataract surgery outsourcing firm allegedly took ophthalmologists on luxury skiing vacations and high-end fishing, golfing and hunting trips to persuade them to use its services.
Published: August 30, 2017

Anatomy of a Scam: Materials Manager and His Accomplice Allegedly Bilked Facility Into Buying Supplies It Never Received

Two men, including the ASC's former materials manager, have been indicted on multiple counts of fraud for allegedly scheming $1.3 million out of Mountain Empire Surgery Center.
Published: August 25, 2017

Jury Clears GI Doc of Negligence in Colon Cancer Suit

A jury found David Vastola, DO, not negligent in performing a 2011 colonoscopy on a patient who 18 months later presented with terminal colon cancer.
Published: August 23, 2017

Study: Long-Term Opioid Use Rarely Starts With Surgery

Some have blamed surgeons for the opioid crisis, but a study found chronic opioid users rarely got their first prescriptions after surgery.
Published: August 23, 2017

Do Drug-Free Interventions Reduce Pain or Opioid Consumption After Total Knee Arthroplasty?

Researchers find that electrotherapy and acupuncture might reduce and delay opioid consumption, but do little to control pain.
Published: August 17, 2017

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