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CMS infection control worksheet

By Sandra Jones, Ambulatory Strategies Inc.

Question:

I heard there was a revised CMS infection control worksheet. What is new and where do I get the worksheet?

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BYOD - Bring your Own Drugs?

By Sandra Jones, Ambulatory Strategies Inc.
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Question:

My doctors want to use a medication which is very expensive for a procedure. They heard at a physicians’ meeting that they could write a prescription for the patients to get the medication at a pharmacy where the patients would pay for it. Then the patients would be instructed to bring the medication to the surgery center where staff would administer it.  Is this an acceptable practice?  What about possible drug contamination if the patient opens it before arriving at the surgery center? What other things should I be concerned about?

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DHEC TB Risk Assessment for ASCs

Following the update to the regulations governing ambulatory surgery centers in South Carolina this past summer, SCASCA members brought to attention a new requirement which requires ASCs to perform an annual TB risk assessment.  This requirement is found in the ASC regulations, R.61-91, Section 1505. 

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Reminder-CMS Deadline for Submitting ASC-6,7,8,9 & 10 is September 30, 2015

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) deadline for submitting data online is September 30, 2015 for ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-8, ASC-9, and ASC-10*  

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Compounding Medications
By Sandra Jones, Ambulatory Strategies Inc.

Question:

“Our doctors were upset when I told them we had to change how we handle mixing of medications. We have mixed drugs, especially for cataract cases, for years. 
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