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  1. 4 interventional spine pain procedures see 16%+ lower payment in 2017 — could the downward trend reverse next year?

    CMS' 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule once again included payment cuts for interventional pain management procedures performed in ASCs. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Total hip arthroplasty same-day vs. next-day discharge: 6 key findings

    A new study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery compares same-day and next-day discharges for total hip arthroplasty. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Feb. 23, 2017

    Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to note:  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. Physician engagement through professional development: Q&A with Sheridan Chief Quality Officer Dr. Gerald Maccioli

    Physician engagement is key for organizations looking to strengthen their clinical team in the current, uncertain healthcare landscape.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Tenet shares plummet 18.7% in 52-week period: 4 points

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare shares have dropped over the last several weeks, according to Highland Mirror.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Valeant, EyeGate agree on ocular surgery-facing device licensing agreement: 4 key notes

    Laval, Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals entered into a licensing agreement with Waltham, Mass.-based EyeGate Pharmaceuticals for the EyeGate II Delivery System and EGP-437 combination product candidate.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Judge grants Anthem's motion for swift appeal in merger case: 3 key notes

    A U.S. Court of Appeals judge granted Indianapolis-based Anthem's motion for a swift decision on its failed merger case appeal, Healthcare Dive reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. CareCredit partners with NextCare Holdings: 3 key notes

    Costa Mesa, Calif.-based CareCredit partnered with Mesa, Ariz.-based NextCare Holdings to allow NextCare patients to use CareCredit.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Influenza-related pediatric deaths hit 29 for 2016-2017 season: 9 things to know

    During the 2016 to 2017 influenza season, influenza activity is increasing after the CDC reported nine influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the week ending Feb. 11, 2017.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. DOJ, US House file joint motion to delay ACA subsidy lawsuit: 4 highlights

    The U.S. House of Representatives and the Department of Justice jointly filed a motion granting them more time to decide if they want to continue pursuing a lawsuit against the ACA's cost-sharing subsidies, according to The Hill.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Cantel Medical to acquire distributor's endoscopy business assets: 3 key notes

    Little Falls, N.J.-based Cantel Medical Corp. agreed to purchase Australia-based distributor CR Kennedy & Co.'s endoscopy business, NJBiz reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. UnitedHealth Group starts exchange offer for SCA shares following Optum deal: 6 things to know

    On the heels of Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates announcing its merger with Optum, a part of UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealth Group began an exchange offer to acquire all SCA outstanding shares.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Physicians share views on sharing notes with patients — 6 key notes

    With an influx of data available at providers' fingertips, they can readily share information with patients. Many in the medical community advocate for note sharing as healthcare becomes increasingly focused on bringing patients into the fold.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 7 things to know about the 2016 Main Residency Match

    Medical enrollment continues to increase with graduates vying for spots in leading residency programs spanning the country.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Healthcare data breaches up 40% in 2016, hitting 15.9M patient records: 5 key points

    Healthcare data breaches are up 40 percent from 2015, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center. By Laura Dyrda -
  5. Protesters meet Republicans at town halls across the country, spar over healthcare

    Republicans from several states planned town hall meetings to meet with constituents in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, healthcare and national security. By Laura Dyrda -
  6. 5 legislative changes for ASC leaders to note — Feb. 22, 2017

    The healthcare industry experienced significant changes over the last month with Oregon legislators weighing a bill permitting 48-hour stays at ASCs.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. Takeda completes Ariad Pharmaceutical acquisition following NY law firm investigation — 3 GI companies making waves

    Gastroenterology-focused companies made headlines this past week for closing on deals and selling assets totaling billions.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. 19 ASC partnerships for SCA in 2016

    Surgical Care Affiliates partnered with 19 surgery centers last year. By Laura Dyrda -
  9. President Trump delays CMS bundles implementation by 60 days: 4 things to know

    President Donald Trump pushed back the implementation of CMS' bundled payments models by 60 days, Home Healthcare News reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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