Home News April, 2011

OSHA Inspecting ASC Sharps Safety Programs in 4 States

Unannounced inspections will focus on processes for protecting workers from exposure to contaminated sharps.
Published: April 29, 2011

Prexus Health Wins $7.8 Million Verdict in Contract Dispute With Texas Hospital

Ohio corporate partner says the hospital stole its executives and broke contract.
Published: April 29, 2011

Judges: Ethicon Not Liable for Alleged "Negligent Marketing" of Surgical Stapler

Woman who sued on behalf of deceased bariatric surgery patient failed to prove negligent marketing was to blame.
Published: April 28, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Acquires Ortho Device Maker Synthes

The companies hope the $21.3 billion deal takes their orthopedic offerings to the next level.
Published: April 27, 2011

Boston Scientific Scores Temporary Victory in GYN Mesh Lawsuit

Judge orders patients who claim company hid safety risks to amend complaint, provide more detail
Published: April 27, 2011

Study Questions SCIP's Effect on SSI Prevention

Infection rates didn't change even as compliance improved.
Published: April 27, 2011

What Schedule Is This Controlled Drug?

The answer's right there on the label if you know where to look.
Published: April 26, 2011

Jury Acquits Texas Oral Surgeon in Alleged Medicaid Fraud Scheme

Feds had accused surgeon of bilking Medicaid for $4.6 million in fraudulent billings.
Published: April 25, 2011

Study: Boozing the Night Before Laparoscopy Can Impair Surgeon's Skills

Simulated tests show more errors among sober surgeons who partied the night before.
Published: April 21, 2011

Lap-Band Patient's Death Blamed on "Suboptimal Anesthesia Care"

Woman who suffered from sleep apnea died after post-op respiratory failure and cardiac arrest in surgery center.
Published: April 20, 2011

HHS Proposes Value-Based Purchasing Framework for ASCs

ASC Association commends the plan but seeks shorter implementation timetable.
Published: April 19, 2011

ACS President-Elect Resigns Over Editorial Deemed Offensive to Women

Dr. Lazar Greenfield resigned to keep ongoing controversy from being a "disruptive issue" for College.
Published: April 18, 2011

Nurse Anesthetist Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Female Patients

Georgia man could serve life in prison for assaulting anesthetized patients and recording his crimes.
Published: April 18, 2011

Federal Probe Into Chicago Surgery Center Owner Widens

Dozens of docs and ASC employees receive grand jury subpoenas over allegation of improper surgeon payments.
Published: April 15, 2011

Sutter Health Accused of Fraudulent Anesthesia Billings

Lawsuit joined by state of California claims health network reaped "hundreds of miliions of dollars" in fraudulent charges.
Published: April 15, 2011

American College of Surgeons to Launch Online Community for Rural Surgeons

Secure site will connect surgeons working in isolation to their peers and experts.
Published: April 14, 2011

Want to End Late Starts? Take It Up With Tardy Surgeons

Study: Keeping physicians accountable keeps them on time.
Published: April 13, 2011

Texas Neurosurgeon Loses Libel Suit Against Local TV Reporter & Station

Surgeon asks state Supreme Court to review whether media can be held liable for reporting false allegations.
Published: April 13, 2011

Oral Surgeon on Trial for Allegedly Bilking Medicaid for $4.6M

Indicted surgeon accused of speeding patients through extractions so he could bill more.
Published: April 13, 2011

Court Clears Anesthesiologist After Patient's Deadly Fall at Home

Hypertensive patient went home, became confused and banged his head while falling in his kitchen.
Published: April 11, 2011

Contaminated Viscoelastic Lawsuit Returned to Trial Court

Appeals court orders reconsideration of venue for cataract patients.
Published: April 11, 2011

Healthcare Manufacturers Form Recycling Coalition

Partnership aims to increase sustainable supply production.
Published: April 8, 2011

Court: Informed Consent May Include Procedures Not Discussed Before Surgery

Wisconsin judges say surgeon who performed unplanned shoulder capsular release was not negligent.
Published: April 8, 2011

AmSurg to Buy National Surgical Care

Outpatient surgery development and management firm plans expansion.
Published: April 8, 2011

Georgia Court Strikes Down State's ASC Survey

Judges say request for information exceeded what law allows.
Published: April 7, 2011

Anesthesiologist's Alleged Racist Comments Protected By Law, Court Rules

Ophthalmologist sued anesthesia provider for making derogatory statements about Hispanic patients in meeting.
Published: April 6, 2011

Surgeons Take Out Ads to Explain "Board Certification" in Plastic Surgery

Campaign designed to counteract "unqualified professionals" performing cosmetic procedures in inland Northwest.
Published: April 6, 2011

New Guidelines for Preventing IV Catheter-Related Infections Released

First update since 2002 addresses strategies for prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections.
Published: April 5, 2011

Murder-for-Hire Plot Lands Eye Surgeon 20-Year Sentence

Michael Mockovak, MD, allegedly wanted his partner dead. An FBI informant thwarted his plans.
Published: April 5, 2011

Watch This: Surgeon Builds Tiny Paper Plane With Da Vinci Robot

Seattle hospital posts video to demonstrate benefits of robotic surgery.
Published: April 4, 2011

Anesthesiologist Accused in Vicodin Scheme Loses DEA Prescribing Number

Doctor allegedly helped surgeon order massive quantities of hydrocodone that were sold illegally.
Published: April 1, 2011

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