• ASC device to know: VisionCare's Implantable Miniature Telescope

    The telescope implant aims to improve visual acuity and quality of life for suitable patients with bilateral end-stage age-related macular degeneration. End-stage AMD is uncorrectable by any other treatment. The implant received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients living with end-stage AMD who are age 65 or older.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • What are the benefits of patient engagement technology and patient-reported status?

    At the 21st Annual Becker's ASC Conference in Chicago on Oct. 25, Michael Lilly, director of population health solutions of Skylight Healthcare Systems and Alan Beyer, MD, executive medical director of Hoag Orthopedic Services, located in Irvine, Calif., discussed how patient engagement technology and patient-reported status can help improve patient outcomes, as well as help hospitals identify areas in need of improvement. By Tamara Rosin -
  • Why digital communication tools are valuable in healthcare

    At the 21st Annual Becker's ASC Conference in Chicago on Oct. 25, Atul Kumar, MD, staff gastroenterologist at Northport (N.Y) VA Medical Center and Stony Brook (N.Y) University Medical Center, discussed the emerging value of the effective use of digital communication tools for engaging patients and physicians. By Tamara Rosin -
  • A lean approach to perioperative supply management

    At the 21st Annual Becker's ASC Conference in Chicago on Oct. 24, Ned Turner, senior vice president of Perioperative Consulting Services at Medline Industries in Mundelein, Ill., discussed how the lean approach can be applied to perioperative supply management at ASCs.  By Shannon Barnet -
  • 5 spine, orthopedic devices for ASCs

    Here are five medical devices for outpatient spine and orthopedic procedures. By Anuja Vaidya -
  • How can device programs evolve to meet specific ASC instrumentation needs?

    Steve Clareen, Business Unit Manager at DePuy Synthes Select discusses instrumentation specific to the ambulatory surgery center setting and how the Select instruments are made with those specifications in mind.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Need a new supply management strategy? 5 key steps

    Group purchasing organizations save the U.S. healthcare industry approximately $36 billion dollars annually, according to an April 2009 study by Eugene Schneller, PhD, called "The Value of Group Purchasing — 2009: Meeting the Needs for Strategic Savings." For ambulatory surgery centers looking to reign in supply costs and outsource supply contract management, joining a GPO is an obvious choice. However, if an ASC finds that its GPO partnership is not working well for the center, it may be time to make a change. By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Looking to Lean: Innovative ideas in ASC supply chain management

    In a webinar hosted by Becker's Healthcare on Sept. 25, Ned Turner, senior vice president of perioperative supply management consulting at Mundelein, Ill.-based Medline, discussed common challenges in supply chain management at ambulatory surgery centers and how they can be overcome by making changes in processes around supply chain.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Buying in bulk, just in time purchasing, consignment: Which supply-ordering pattern is right for your ASC?

    Healthcare delivery in the ambulatory surgery center setting is often fast-paced and prone to sudden changes. While medical providers and staff learn to adapt quickly to this environment and modify processes accordingly, finding a supply-ordering pattern that works well for ASCs can be a challenge. By Anuja Vaidya -
  • ASC inventory management innovation: DePuy Synthes Select's Steve Clareen discusses

    Steve Clareen, Business Unit Manager at DePuy Synthes Select, a part of DePuy Synthes, discusses inventory management at ambulatory surgery centers as well as making effective inventory decisions.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • The road to ASC financial success: 10 supply chain cost-cutting strategies

    Running an ambulatory surgery center often revolves around expecting the unexpected. There are several factors that administrators cannot control, however there is one factor they can: supply spend. "Reimbursement is fixed but cost is a variable you have control over," says Joshua Billstein, a board member of the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Association and practice manager at The Polyclinic in Seattle. By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Bringing Higher Acuity Cases Into ASCs: What is Making this Possible?

    Steve Clareen, Business Unit Manager at DePuy Synthes Select, a part of DePuy Synthes, discusses the advancements in technology that are allowing ambulatory surgery centers to bring in higher acuity cases. By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Transforming the OR Process: Instrumentation Makes a Difference

    Steve Clareen, Business Unit Manager at DePuy Synthes Select, a part of DePuy Synthes, discusses the effect that the company's ambulatory surgery center-focused instruments can have in the operating room.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • 5 Recent Articles on ASC Supplies & Management

    Here are five stories about supplies at ambulatory surgery centers and best practices for managing supply chain processes, which were published in the last two months: By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Supply Standardization: 7 Ways to Achieve ASC Physician Buy-In

    Reducing costs is vital for ensuring the financial health of an ambulatory surgery center. Managing supply chain effectively can go a long way in reducing costs, and one of the keys to success is standardizing supplies.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Olympus Launches Two New Endoscopes for Bronchoscopy

    Olympus, a technology company focused on diagnostic and therapeutic solutions in medical and surgical procedures, launched its 510(k)-cleared BF-P190 and BF-XP190 bronchoscopes for peripheral and small anatomy bronchoscopy. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • 5 ASC Supplies to Know

    Here are five ambulatory surgery center supplies to know.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Supply Chain Checklist: Daily, Weekly, Monthly Tasks for Efficient ASCs

    Efficiency in supply chain processes and effective materials management can lead to less waste, reduced costs and a smoothly-run ambulatory surgery center. By implementing a checklist to regulate supplies, materials managers and ASC administrators can stay on stop of their inventory and ensure supplies are readily available for the ASC staff.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • 4 GI/Endoscopy Devices Receive FDA 510(k) Clearance in March

    Here are four gastroenterology/endoscopy devices that received FDA 510(k) clearance in March. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • Supply Chain Industry Leader to Know: Steve Clareen of DePuy Synthes Select

    Steve Clareen is the business unit manager at DePuy Synthes Select, a company which offers a wide array of proven orthopedic and podiatric surgical device solutions solely focused on freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. In his current role, Mr. Clareen leads a team of sales and marketing professionals and is responsible for sales, marketing, and product development activities for the organization.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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