Same-Day Surgery (Vol. 39, No. 6) - June 1, 2015

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Release date: June 2015

Valid through: June 2017

Target Audience

This activity is intended for outpatient surgeons, surgery center managers, and other clinicians.


  • Price transparency is growing, but hear lessons from frontrunners first
  • Guide offers information about outpatient providers and charges
  • Double jeopardy: Hospitals, surgeons dinged twice by CMS for surgical infections, readmissions
  • Disruptive behavior isn’t always addressed, either in policy or in practice
  • Primary care physicians are investing in ambulatory surgery centers
  • ECRI Institute’s top patient safety concerns include scope reprocessing
  • Telephone counseling reduces pain and disability in patients after spinal surgery
  • Medicare patients undergo unnecessary tests before cataract surgery, study finds
  • SDS Accreditation Update: Are you using health IT safely? If not, it could lead to sentinel events, TJC warns
  • SDS Accreditation Update: Guidance for ambulatory surgery on obese patients —AAAHC Institute offers toolkit with flowchart to prevent surgical complications
  • SDS Accreditation Update: AAAHC Institute for QI offers patient safety toolkits
  • SDS Accreditation Update: Video educates patients on preparing for surgery
  • SDS Accreditation Update: Self-register to access Joint Commission Connect


  • Identify clinical, managerial, regulatory, or social issues relating to ambulatory surgery care
  • Describe how current issues in ambulatory surgery affect clinical and management practices
  • Incorporate practical solutions to ambulatory surgery issues and concerns into daily practices

Credit Available


  • Maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


  • 1.37 nursing contact hours
  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14749, for 1.37 contact hours


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Credit Designation


AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been approved for 1.37 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14749, for 1.37 Contact Hours. Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.

Faculty Listing


Joy Daughtery Dickinson, columnist Steve Earnhart, and guest columnists Damian Capozzolla, Jamie Terrence, and Tim Laquer


AHC Media executive editor: Joy Daughtery Dickinson

Nurse planner: Kay Ball

Physician reviewer: Kirby Scott, DO, FACS, FAAOA

Director of continuing education and editorial: Lee Landenberger

Consulting editor: Mark Mayo

Financial Disclosure

Joy Daughtery Dickinson, author and executive editor, and nurse planner Kay Ball report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Mark Mayo, consulting editor, reports that he is executive director of Golf Surgical Center and executive director and a retained consultant of the ASC Association of Illinois. Physician reviewer Kirby Scott, DO, discloses that he is consultant, stockholder, and on the speakers bureau for Entellus Medical. Columnist Stephen W. Earnhart discloses that he is a stockholder and on the board for One Medical Passport.

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