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Archive September 2006 VII, No. 9


New ASC Payment System: Is That All There Is?
The government's proposed overhaul of how surgical centers are reimbursed would leave ASCs hungry for more.

The Skinny on Post-bariatric Surgery
Caring for the growing body of patients who need plastic surgery to regain their shapes after weight-loss surgery.

How We Became a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
Inside our hospital's quest to gain this elite status for our surgical weight-loss program.

Taking a Fresh Look at Retina
Despite the conventional wisdom, you can perform retina surgery profitably in a surgery center.

Electrical Safety in the OR
Understanding basic principles of electricity is key to preventing microshock and electrosurgical burns.

Is Your OR Going Digital?
Our reader survey reveals that the revolution to digitize operating rooms is on.

Thinking of Buying...Case Carts
A cart's capacity, functionality and even its route weigh on your decision.


Editor's Page
New Payment Plan Tells Surgeons Where to Go

Letters & Emails
Inaccurate photos don't reflect care

This Just In
Quick facts about Medicare's proposed rule

Ideas That Work
Ready charts to decrease delays

The Ins and Outs of Hiring a Manager

Legal Update
Putting Your ASC Real Estate Up for Sale

Business Advisor
Document Informed Consent Automatically

Coding & Billing
Getting Reimbursed for Spinal Procedures

Infection Prevention
7 Keys to Better Bronchoscope Processing

Administering Safe Cosmetic Anesthesia

What's New for Hernia Repair

Behind Closed Doors
What I Wish I Could Tell Patients

September 2006