Caroline Carcerano underwent spinal surgery at Tufts Medical Center in Boston in hopes that the procedure would resolve pain from a back injury. During the surgical procedure, her neurosurgeon requested a special dye to test the location of tubing threaded into her spine.
In the Calendar Year 2015 Medicare final payment rule, hospital outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) payments are estimated to increase by 2.2%, and the adjusted update factor for ambulatory surgery centers is 1.4%.
An ophthalmology practice in Alabama, located next to a surgery center, had a patient who showed up sick with Ebola-type symptoms. The patient shared that her son, who lived with her, had returned from Nigeria in the past few days.
More than two-thirds of children from low-income Latino families dont receive adequate pain control when they go home after surgery, according to a study presented at the Anesthesiology 2014 annual meeting.
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) has launched the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) program to educate surgeons and staff about the safe use of surgical energy-based devices in the OR, endoscopy suite, and other areas.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized proposed quality measure OP-32 and ASC-12 Facility Seven-Day Risk-Standardized Hospital Visit Rate after Outpatient Colonoscopy, despite objections from the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) and others.