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Your resource for policy issues affecting perioperative nursing practice in Ambulatory Surgery Centers. 

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AORN maintains that every surgical patient deserves a perioperative registered nurse for the duration of any operative or other invasive procedure and actively promotes laws and regulations to ensure the supervisory presence of the professional RN in the perioperative setting.
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AORN Position Statement on Registered Nurse Circulators
AORN Position Statement on Allied Health Care Providers and Support Personnel in the Perioperative Practice Setting
State Registration and Certification Requirements for Surgical Technologists 
Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infections in Ambulatory Surgery Centers: AHRQ report 


AORN Comments to CMS Regarding ASC Patient Experience Surveys March 25, 2013
AORN Comments to CMS Supporting Safe Surgery Checklist June 25, 2012
AORN Comments to CMS Regarding ASC Quality Reporting Program August 29, 2011
CMS Report to Congress on Value Based Purchasing for ASCs April 29, 2011


CMS removes the provision in Conditions for Coverage that requires an ASC to have a radiologist on staff
Compounding drug bill becomes law
CMS 2014 outpatient payment rule includes care coordination focus
98% of ASCs to receive full 2014 payment updates
Illinois ASCs May be Surveyed to the Recommended Practices
AORN Submits Comments on Montana ASC Licensure Requirements
Tennessee Governor Signs Law Protecting Nurses
New York Introduces Surgical Technologist Certification Bill
North Carolina Nurses Association Endorses RN Circulator Bill 
RN Circulator Bill Introduced in North Carolina
AORN presses for RN Circulator Mandate in D.C. ASCs 
RN Circulator Survey Reveals Gaps in RN Circulator Use
Advanced Directives in ASCs: 6 Key Points
Deadline Looms for ASCs to use Safe Surgery Checklists
CMS Final Rule: Quality Reporting for ASCs and Hospital Outpatient Departments
How One ASC Doubled Hand Hygiene Compliance in 6 Months
CMS Allows All Same Day Surgeries in ASCs 

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