In the wake of the surgery-related death of comedian Joan Rivers, patient-safety leaders and some physicians are calling on outpatient surgery centers to carefully select elderly patients eligible for surgery and encouraging patients to question the qualifications of physicians performing the procedures.
Surgical sayings that stretch the truth just a bit.
Outpatient surgeries at freestanding medical centers are growing in popularity, but for all their promise, gaps in tracking superbugs and other infections fuel concern.
As patients increasingly seek cheaper and more convenient care, some of the largest U.S. hospital operators are investing in surgery centers, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics.
Outpatient surgery is generally considered safe when performed at accredited hospital outpatient departments or ambulatory surgery centers. But an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 doctors’ offices also perform surgical procedures, representing about 17% of all outpatient procedures, and only a fraction of these offices are accredited.
Some days you'd be better off calling in sick or dead. Yet other days you just know it's going to be a great day. The signs are here, there and everywhere.
DON’T rely on single specialty. “While I think we’ve been saying that for the past 10 years, it couldn’t be more appropriate now when we don’t know from year to year which specialty is going to be reduced in its net reimbursement,” Mr. Skowron says. “The only thing that is predictable is that on a net basis, the government will try to have an increase of zero or negative going forward, and we don’t know which specialty will take a hit in a given year.”
There are advantages to outpatient procedures. The anesthesia doesn’t last as long, and the procedure is usually less invasive. That can make them safer. Your recovery also will be faster. You can often go home within a few hours of your procedure.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.
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