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  1. 5 key points on Iowa's Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

    Iowa officials instated a new Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice that informs patients whether they are considered outpatient once they leave the hospitals' doors, according to Mitchell County Press News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. ASC leader to know: Jeff Peacock of Rochester Ambulatory Surgery Center

    Jeff Peacock is the executive director of Rochester (N.Y.) Ambulatory Surgery Center, a position he has held since May 2011. The multispecialty ASC has eight operating rooms.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Great Lakes Plastic Surgery Center adds physician assistant: 3 takeaways

    Traverse City, Mich.-based Great Lakes Plastic Surgery Center added physician assistant Emily Hedley to its staff, according to Traverse City Record Eagle.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. Top 10 Medicare ASC procedures by spending

    The following 10 Medicare procedures had the most spending in ASCs in 2016, based on the VMG Health 2017 Intellimarker: Multi-Specialty ASC Study.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. ASGE recognizes Springfield Regional Outpatient Center & more: 3 GI practices in the news

    Here are three gastroenterology practices making news:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Potentially infected scope at Kaiser Permanente facility puts 23 colonoscopy patients at risk — 5 key notes

    Twenty-three patients at Kaiser Permanente's Largo (Md.) Medical Center were treated with an improperly sterilized scope during their colonoscopy or upper endoscopy procedure, Fox 5 reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Gastroenterology awards first editorial fellowship to Dr. Eric Shah — 4 insights

    Gastroenterology's board of editors named Eric Shah, MD, a University of Michigan at Ann Arbor second year fellow, the first recipient of the journal's editorial fellowship program.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Institute joins Orthopedic and Back Pain Centers of America: 4 key notes

    Atlanta-based Orthopedic and Back Pain Centers of America added Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Institute to its network.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — June 22, 2017

    Here are seven updates:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 3 key thoughts from American Association of Nurse Anesthetists incoming president Bruce Weiner

    Bruce Weiner, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, took office as American Association of Nurse Anesthetists president-elect in 2016 and will assume the role of president in September 2017. As the healthcare industry adapts to changes coming down the pipeline, Mr. Weiner believes CRNAs have an important role to play in providing excellent care to patients during a time of much uncertainty.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Why ASC administrators should make rounds — 8 tips to make your rounding program a success

    Pinnacle III's Director of Operations Jebby Matthew offered 8 tips for ASC administrators on patient/family interaction, in a blog post.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Abercrombie, Hot Topic & health systems — Hospitals eye retail space for outpatient clinics

    A Wall Street Journal report says health systems are looking at retail space in shopping malls as the potential sites for outpatient clinics, HealthcareDive reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. The biggest problem in gastroenterology & how to fix it — Texas Digestive Disease Consultants CEO Dr. James Weber sheds insight

    James J. Weber, MD, is the president and CEO of Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, the largest gastroenterology practice in the U.S.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Fresenius Vascular Care rebrands to grow renal-focused ASC business: 3 things to know

    Fresenius Vascular Care is changing its name to Azura Vascular Care to reflect the company's changes within the last several years.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Nevada ASC opens in new $1.2B multipurpose complex: 5 points

    Minneola, Fla.-based PMRG opened Henderson Medical Plaza, which is a part of Union Village, a 170-acre community in Henderson, Nev., according to Commercial Property Executive.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Planners break ground on Maryland ASC: 4 highlights

    Trammell Crow and Meadow Partners broke ground on a new five-story medical pavilion in National Harbor, Md., according to Re-Business Online.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. 6 insights on physicians facing 2% cuts in Medicare payments in 2017

    In 2017, almost 500 clinicians, including nearly 250,000 physicians, will face a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments because they failed to meet Physician Quality Reporting System requirements in 2015, according to Medscape.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. ASC leader to know: Benita Tapia of Precision Ambulatory Surgery Center

    Benita Tapia, RN, has been the administrator of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Precision Ambulatory Surgery Center since November 2010. She is also the administrator of 90210 Surgery Medical Center in Beverley Hills. She has served as the ASC's administrator for nearly eight years.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. 3 questions with Coral Gables Surgery Center's Maria Freed on being a great administrator

    Maria Freed, administrator of Miami based-Coral Gables Surgery Center, lends her advice on what constitutes a great administrator.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  9. Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites becomes 1st freestanding ASC in Massachusetts with total joint replacements: 5 things to know

    Surgeons at Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites in Waltham, Mass., performed the first outpatient total joint replacement at a freestanding ASC in the state.  By Laura Dyrda -

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