Same-Day Surgery (Vol. 39, No. 12) - Dec. 1, 2015

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Release date: December 2015

Valid through: December 2017

Target Audience

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


  • Crack down on OR antics as public, plaintiffs’ bar learn of poor behavior
  • Medicare’s 2016 final payment rule released for hospitals and surgery centers
  • CMS releases final 2016 physician payment rule
  • New procedures added to ASC list
  • SDS discharge planning rule proposed for hospitals
  • New budget won’t let hospitals acquire ASCs and label them HOPDs
  • 4 steps to avoid hospital admissions that are unanticipated with elderly patients
  • What makes seniors more likely to have unanticipated admissions?
  • Researchers examine revisits of outpatient surgery patients within 30 days
  • SDS Manager: Your questions and my answers: HIPAA compliance and profitability
  • Medication errors found in one-half of surgeries and other news from annual Anesthesia meeting
  • Updated consensus statement: Research on anesthesia for babies and children
  • Next 2 issues: Salaries and cost savings
  • SDS Accreditation Update: ‘Immediate jeopardy’ can happen to any facility — Problems can slip through and result in CMS’ worst finding
  • SDS Accreditation Update: The Joint Commission puts spotlight on falls — Are you doing all you can for patient safety?
  • SDS Accreditation Update: Steps to take when a patient falls at your facility
  • 2015 index of articles


  • 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 #CEP14749, 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 #CEP14749, for 1.37 Contact Hours.

Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.

Faculty Listing


Joy Daughtery Dickinson and columnist Steve Earnhart


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 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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