Under ACA, is ambulatory surgery coverage required?
March 4, 2016
Distressed. Alarming. Shortsighted. Troubling. These words are being used to describe a new trend of employers offering healthcare coverage that excludes outpatient surgery in all settings: hospitals, surgery centers, and surgeons’ offices.
Many overwhelmed, confused patients turn to patient access employees to help them make decisions about healthcare coverage and even to obtain coverage. A recent Health Affairs policy brief discusses some difficult questions that often come up.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an online resource to help healthcare leaders protect their employees from getting hurt when lifting patients, during exposure to chemicals, and when being exposed to other common hazards of working in healthcare.
The healthcare economy is improving enough that healthcare professionals are reporting significantly more confidence in their careers, and risk managers might have reason to feel confident in their futures.
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December 17, 2015
At a time when the risks to hospitals and health systems are on the increase, some healthcare risk managers feel as though they are being pushed to the sidelines and their responsibilities delegated among other hospital administrators, says Leilani Kicklighter, a patient safety and risk management consultant with The Kicklighter Group in Tamarac, FL, and a past president of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management in Chicago.