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No More Never Events - February 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 0 2 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 I n surgery, the state of the art rarely stands still. While techno- logical advances have long been the primary driver of change, recent years have seen the impact of the economy on how sur- gical care is delivered. Here are 3 ways that healthcare reform and its effects will change the way your OR works. 1 It'll be busier, but EMRs breed efficiency The aim of 2010's Affordable Care Act is to insure the unin- sured. This is likely to create a larger patient population, which could in turn lead to higher case volumes in surgical facili- ties nationwide. "There will be a great demand for preventive services," says Debra Ann Maleski, MBA, a senior associate at the ECRI Institute, a non-profit healthcare research organization in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. "This will result in additional imaging and surgical procedures needed and ordered," particularly among Medicare patients and others who don't face high deductible barriers. Clearly, the surgical workplace will need to adapt to meet this demand. "Estimates I've seen run as high as a 10 to 15% increase in volume," notes Terry Miller, BSEE, executive vice president of S U R G I C A L T E C H N O L O G Y Here's what experts think the Obamacare OR will look like. David Bernard | Senior Associate Editor © 2014 Olympus America Inc. Trademark or Registered Trademark of Olympus or its affiliate entities in the U.S. and/or other countries of the world. All patents apply. OAIENE0613AD11270 The World's ONLY Articulating HD 3D Video System The World's ONLY Universal Platforms Deliver Innovative, Cost-Effective Solutions Fully-Integrated Ultrasonic and Advanced Bipolar Technology For More Information contact your local Olympus representative at 800.848.9024 or visit www.medical.olympusamerica.com OSE_1402_part2_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:58 PM Page 100

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