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  1. Minnesota's Speaker of House to call for Governor's resignation if health insurance crisis goes unsolved: 3 key points

    Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) called on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) to fix the state's health insurance crisis or resign, the Duluth News Tribune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Humana issues $0.29 dividend for Q3: 2 thoughts

    Humana will pay its stockholders a dividend of $0.29 per share on Jan. 27, 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Boston Scientific raises full year outlook — 6 things to know

    Boston Scientific exceeded projections for its third quarter after posting stronger than expected revenues, the Wall Street Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. CMS Acting Administrator implores payers to simplify their health plans & ease administrative burden for physicians

    Payers across the nation often have different portals, which is a key point of frustration for physicians. This frustration prompted CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt to ask insurers to simplify their health plans and reduce the administrative burden for providers at America's Health Insurance Plans' National Conference, according to MedPage Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 75% of healthcare industry suffered malware infections in past year — 8 key report findings

    SecurityScorecard, a security rating and risk monitoring platform, issued its "2016 Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Report," revealing striking cybersecurity weaknesses among 700 healthcare organizations.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Optim Orthopedics opens musculoskeletal-focused ASC — 4 highlights

    Optim Orthopedics celebrated the grand opening of its new ASC in Savannah, Ga., according to Business in Savannah.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Voters concern over prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket spending far surpasses ACA concerns: 6 takeaways

    A monthly Kaiser Family Foundation poll found voters are primarily concerned over prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket spending, rather than the issues associated with the ACA, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. 86% of physicians are still paid under fee-for-service payment model — 5 takeaways

    Deloitte's "2016 Survey of US Physicians" showed many physicians are reimbursed under a fee-for-service model, rather than a value-based care system in which providers are paid based on outcomes.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Foundation HealthCare sells ASC business to Healthcrest Surgical Partners: 5 key notes

    Foundation HealthCare sold non-controlling interest in the seven ambulatory surgery centers it owns as well as all assets of Foundation Surgery Management to Healthcrest Surgical Partners. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Oct. 27, 2016

    Here are seven updates to note:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Boston Scientific unveils Resolution 360 Clip; Fujifilm launches next generation endoscopy system & more: 3 GI company key notes

    Here are three updates on gastroenterology and endoscopy companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  1. Southern Eye Center in Mississippi performs free cataract procedures: 4 things to know

    As part of a national day dedicated to making a difference in the community, Hattiesburg, Miss.-based Southern Eye Clinic performed five cataract surgeries for free, WDAM reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Criticism of Vermont's proposed all-payer model continues: 5 things to know

    In advance of the pending vote on the all-payer draft agreement, Vermont's potential model continues to be scrutinized, the Times Argus reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Revenue totals $1.3B for Pennsylvania ASCs in FY 2015, up 4.3%: 7 key findings

    Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council released its 2015 annual report detailing key findings on ASCs throughout the state.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Georgia Ophthalmologists opens 8k-sq-ft ASC: 4 notes

    Georgia Ophthalmologists is opening an ASC in Covington, according to Rockdale Citizen.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Rush University Medical Center & Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush receive approval for $21M ASC — 5 things to know

    Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved Chicago-based practices Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's plans to build a new building, featuring a surgery center, in Oak Brook, according to Daily Herald.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Average ACA premium to climb 22% next year — 5 highlights

    Going forth into 2017, the average premium for ACA silver plans will increase 22 percent, on average, according to CNN Money.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. NPs & PAs prescription of antibiotics on the uptick: 5 takeaways

    Journal of the American Pharmacists Association published a study analyzing the use of antibiotics in healthcare settings, noting nurse practitioners and physician assistants are writing more prescriptions, according to UIC News Center.   By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Mayo Clinic, ASU to offer certificate in healthcare cost management: 5 insights

    Phoenix-based Arizona State University and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic entered an alliance to create a medical certificate program, according to Healthcare IT News.  By Megan Wood -
  9. How Dr. Nirav Amin is using Exparel to improve patient outcomes and prevent opioid abuse

    To combat the growing opioid crisis in America and manage the pain of his total joint replacement patients, Nirav Amin, MD, began using Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), with his surgical patients who qualify.  By Eric Oliver -

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