Outpatient Surgery Magazine

The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

Issue link: http://magazine.outpatientsurgery.net/i/430472

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 15 of 141

1 6 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 | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 W hen general surgeon Paul Ruggieri, MD, FACS, wrote Confessions of a Surgeon, a blunt look at what goes on behind the closed doors of ORs, he planned to include a chapter on the money side of surgery. But that chapter became The Cost of Cutting, his new 320-page paperback on the dirty business of surgery ( paulruggieri.com/cost-of-cut- ting ). That's how fed up Dr. Ruggieri was with how backroom political power plays and hospitals buying up surgeons' practices in his hometown of Fall River, Mass., impacted the choices patients have in where they go for care. One turf war for cases really bothered the independent-minded physician. A local hospital used economic credentialing to push a well-known surgeon group out the door, forcing them to negotiate with another hospital from a position of vulnerability. Patients who had seen the surgeons for years at the hospital didn't have access to them anymore. Dr. Ruggieri had had enough. "I'm sure what's going on in my community is emblematic of what's going on in every communi- ty," he says. Money generated in ORs impacts patient care. "It's becoming a : Surgeon's Book Blasts the Big Business of Surgery FOLLOW THE MONEY Paul Ruggieri, MD, FACS, is fed up with what's driving surgery. SURGEON SCRIBE Paul Ruggieri, MD, FACS SURGEONS' Lounge THE

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Outpatient Surgery Magazine - The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine