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Archive June 2016 XVII, No. 6

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Joan Rivers

Doctors at the endoscopy clinic where Joan Rivers slipped into a coma accepted blame for the injuries that led to her death in a settlement agreement with the comedienne's daughter.

JAMA study ranks 7 deadliest and costliest emergency surgeries.

No one is sure how 2 pieces of plastic film ended up in a woman's uterus, but a Chicago hospital is facing charges.

Hidden cameras on an anesthesia cart meant to catch a drug thief may have also inadvertently exposed female patients.

A New York City hospital was cited by the state for not implementing an OR fire prevention plan after a 2014 flash fire burned a patient.

A dual-licensed ambulatory surgery center has opened in Colorado, thanks to a little-known CMS ruling that lets ASCs operate as timeshare properties.

More and more employer-based insurance plans are taking a cue from Medicare's bundled payment structure by offering surgical facilities flat fees for common procedures.

gastric Lap-Band

A woman who suffered severe complications due to poor implantation of her gastric Lap-Band can't blame the manufacturer's surgeon-training program for her injuries, a court recently ruled.

A suburban Philadelphia woman who had an unnecessary appendectomy due to a mistaken CT scan isn't sure whom to blame — the radiologist, the hospital or the surgeon.

safety checklists

CMS has some good news: The use of pre-surgical safety checklists is nearly universal among ambulatory surgical centers.

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