Battling the Opioid Crisis

Responsibilities of ASCs

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Battling the Hurricane-Driven Drug Shortages

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last month and disrupted the production of several drugs and medical supplies, including IV solutions. While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with companies, such as Baxter International, to alleviate the shortages, ASCs could take a few steps to manage the shortages effectively.

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ASC Study Finds Colonoscopy Patients Prefer Propofol

Results of a clinical trial conducted at an Ohio ASC show that patients prefer propofol over a combination of fentanyl/midazolam as their anesthetic for outpatient colonoscopies. From a patient and provider perspective, the researchers conclude, propofol appears to be superior to fentanyl/midazolam for outpatient colonoscopy.

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HIPAA Biannual Update

Since our last update in January, health care organizations across the country posted 145 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. Most of the breaches (77 percent) were caused by unauthorized access and hacking.

OCR Breach Investigation Causes

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Focus on Members

Share a best practice your ASC uses to ensure compliance

Dianne Appleby

"Our staff attend webinars, seminars and conferences focused on new/modified regulations and how to meet them..."

—Dianne Appleby, Menomonee Falls Ambulatory Surgery Center

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Names in the News

Simple Admit Receives Honor

OCTOBER 20, 2017

Simple Admit, LLC, took top honors for Innovations in Healthcare as part of the 6th Annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards, according to an October 17 company release.

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Regent Surgical Health Names New COO

OCTOBER 11, 2017

Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, promoted Bob Ryan to chief operating officer (COO), according to a release. Ryan, who joined the company in early 2016 as vice president of operations for the northeast, has more than 25 years of experience working with physician partnerships in multi-site health-care facilities and managing physician/hospital-ASC joint venture partnerships.

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