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  1. 20 ASCs and endoscopy centers with prices posted online

    Here are 20 ASCs and endoscopy centers focused on price transparency with their prices posted online. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 6 ASC payer contracting missteps to avoid

    Payer contract negotiations can be a thorny and challenging process, but ambulatory surgery center administrators can mitigate the stress by preparing thoroughly and avoiding common missteps.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 5 key notes on workplace violence in healthcare

    Here are five things to know about violence against nurses, according to an article in the Atlantic. By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. Brevard Eye Center receives accreditation from AAAHC: 5 key notes

    Brevard Eye Center received accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. AMA endorses Dr. Tom Price's HHS secretary nomination, not all physicians agree

    The American Medical Association endorsed President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Tom Price, MD, as the new HHS Secretary, but not all physicians share that enthusiasm.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Premier ranks 1st in healthcare management consulting report: 5 highlights

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier, a healthcare improvement company, ranked as the top organization in KLAS' "2016 Healthcare Management Consulting" report.  By Megan Wood -
  4. PhyMed names Dr. Sam Nussbaum to board: 8 key notes

    PhyMed Healthcare Group appointed endocrinologist Sam Nussbaum, MD, to its board.  By Megan Wood -

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  1. ASCs offers 17% to 43% cost savings for orthopedic procedures compared to university hospital — 4 study insights

    Researchers investigated whether ASCs could help curb costs and boost care for outpatient surgical bone and joint procedures, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The study compared ASC costs to university-based hospital costs for these procedures.  By Megan Wood -
  2. Common coding pitfalls in ASCs & best practices to avoid falling in the traps

    Stephanie Ellis, RN, of Ellis Medical Consulting in Franklin, Tenn., divulges common coding traps ASCs fall into, as well as key strategies for avoiding these pitfalls.  By Megan Wood -
  3. MACRA patient engagement cheat sheet No. 3 — Patient engagement strategies for ACO /MSSP success

    With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, CMS is giving provider organizations a huge push toward value-based care by establishing large financial incentives for the adoption of new risk-sharing programs. Known as Advanced Alternative Payment Models, these risk-sharing models become more financially attractive each year, beginning in 2017. Providers who are unable to adopt one of these models will face ever-increasing negative payment adjustments. While there are specific APMs for certain specialties, the most generally available APM path is for providers to form or join an ACO under the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  By Mark Heaney, founding partner, Get Real Health in Rockville, Md. -
  4. 10 new outpatient surgery centers in November 2016

    Here are 10 new surgery centers that were opened or announced in November. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. How the 21st Century Cures Act impacts ASCs: Price transparency, MU penalties & certified EHR

    The 21st Century Cures Act is making its way through Congress and could have an impact on ambulatory surgery centers and physician owners, according to ASCA.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Roger Cary to follow David Pillsbury as Laser Spine Institute president, CEO: 5 key notes

    Laser Spine Institute, based in Tampa, Fla., named Roger Cary the new president and CEO.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. National Patient Safety Foundation adds 5 members to patient safety program: 4 highlights

    The National Patient Safety Foundation added five organizations to the "Stand Up for Patient Safety Program."  By Megan Wood -
  4. Allergan's GI business grows by 8.2% in Q3 & more — 3 GI company key notes

    Here are three updates on gastroenterology and endoscopy companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. AAAHC identifies areas of improvement for ASCs to target

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care released its 2016 Quality Roadmap which highlights areas of improvement across the ASC field.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. UnitedHealth Group to offer bundled payments for hip, knee & spine: 5 things to know

    UnitedHealth Group will participate in bundled payments for spine surgeries as well as hip and knee replacements in 2017, according to Forbes.  By Megan Wood -
  7. Valeant, Takeda deal crumbles; Valeant to invest in Salix: 6 things to know

    Laval, Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals will hold onto its gastrointestinal division, Salix, after talks fell apart with Japan's Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Bloomberg reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Anthem exec testifies during trial, plans to use Cigna as tool to 'aggressively compete' against BCBS plans: 5 takeaways

    During the DOJ's antitrust trial against the Anthem, Cigna merger, an Anthem executive testified that the company plans to use Cigna as an avenue to compete in new markets, according to Bloomberg.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. AmSurg, Envision Healthcare shareholders approve merger — 4 key notes

    Nashville, Tenn.-based AmSurg and Greenwood, Colo.-based Envision Healthcare shareholders approved the companies' merger.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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