A USA TODAY/Kaiser Health News investigation of public records found that surgery centers have risked lives by operating on frail patients, by skimping on life-saving training and equipment and by sending patients home too soon.
The Trauma and Emergency Surgery Service is available 24 hours a day to respond to multiply injured patients, patients with general surgical emergencies, and patients who require surgical critical care. This service is available to admit patients through the Emergency Room, accept transfers from other institutions, and for in-house consultations. The service can be accessed by calling either the director, the chief resident, or the attending on call for the service 24 hours a day through the UCLA page operator at (310) 825-6301. http://surgery.ucla.edu
Yes, 4.89 billion reasons for you, if you are a physician who owns or is thinking about owning a surgery center (“ASC”). And, yes, each of them is green. Green as in a dollar bill. That’s the dollar amount that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (“CMS”) estimates it will be paying ASCs in 2019. That sum includes an approximately $300 million increase to ASCs, many of which are physician owned. That might include the ASC that you've been thinking of forming. Thinking's fine, but action’s better. In addition to those 4.89 billion reasons, there are a few other incredibly interesting bullet points to note in regard to CMS's proposed 2019 payment rules for ASCs: • Reimbursement to ASCs will increase, on average, by approximately 2%. • CMS added a total of 183 new codes to the list of procedures approved for ASC payment. • 45 "surgery-like" procedures will be added to the covered list. • On the interventional surgery front, 12 additional cardiac catheterization procedures will be added to the ASC approved payment list. • And, very interestingly, instead of the historically applied, more general CPI-based adjustment formula, CMS is proposing to use the same "market basket" approach it uses to adjust hospital outpatient department (“HOPD”) rates in connection with 2019 payments, forward. As the future of surgery moves from the hospital setting to the outpatient setting, ASC's are where the action is. Hospitals, and, increasingly, HOPDs, are where the action was. Don’t be left behind. The time is now to consider how you can legally profit from ASC ownership. Look at it like this: You can finally say goodbye to all those folks in suits who have their hands in your pockets. [Note: The idea for this post was suggested by Cecilia Kronawitter of HDA Enterprises (http://hdaenterprises.net), one of the most experienced ASC developers in the country. Cecilia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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**Doctors and nurses watching: do not feel some type of way. It’s important to be transparent with the public. ** Do you know the difference between an outpatient surgery center vs a hospital? In an investigative report by @usatoday @kaiserhealthnews investigative report, they highlight some over 260 preventable conditions that have lead to patient death during or shortly after surgery at an outpatient center. The common themes were (1)They couldn't manage unexpected complications (e.g unexpected or uncontrolled bleeding, cardiac problems, respiratory decline and other signs of compromise) (2) Poorly equipped and understaffed (3) They accepted patients they shouldn't have (too sick) (4) They sent patients home too early when they still needed to be monitored It’s important that as health consumers you know the differences between outpatient surgery centers and hospitals. They have different resources and different equipment. If something goes wrong during or after a surgery (eg excessive bleeding, altered consciousness, respiratory distress or cardiac complications - staff will call 911 and transport you to a hospital. At a hospital the rapid response or code blue team arrives within minutes or even seconds, and if needed an ICU bed awaits you. Sure a surgery center may be convenient bc you don’t want to stay overnight in the hospital but for some, it’s better safe than sorry. And as far as doctor owned facilities. Sometimes even the best intentioned doctors can be swayed to refer patients to their center over a hospital due to money. Ask your doctor if they own the surgery center s/he’d like you to go to.
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Dr. Young practices general surgery and colonoscopy at Pacific Medical Centers' Beacon Hill, First Hill and Renton clinics. His medical interests include colon and rectal cancer, gallbladder disease, hemorrhoids, hernias, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence and breast disease. In addition Dr. Young's patient philosophy is collaborative and compassionate care, which he tailors to best meet each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Young is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.