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  1. S.C. CON program: Where is it now?

    This week, a committee of South Carolina lawmakers has been charged with the task of evaluating the certificate of need program and the fate of the projects begun during the program's hiatus that would have required a CON to go forward. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. 12 ASCs making the news this month

    The following are 12 ambulatory surgery centers that have made the news locally, at the state level or nationally during September 2014. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. FDA poor regulator of medical devices for safety, studies find

    Two studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine have come to the same conclusion: The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job of regulating medical device safety. By Ellie Rizzo -

EHR in ASCs: big trends emerging

Electronic health records are revolutionizing health care delivery at hospitals and physician offices. Now ambulatory surgery centers are seeing the benefits of EHR technology and are searching for the appropriate technology for their site.
  1. Is the MD/MBA combination the key to navigating healthcare today?

    Physicians undergo rigorous training, from earning their medical degree through fellowship completion, to master clinical skills, but to remain successful in today's challenging environment physicians are beginning to look to an additional skill set: business leadership. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. New AmSurg technology, Tenet stock up 2% & more – 5 recent key notes on ASC companies

    Here are five recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Virginia Mason offers hip, knee replacement warranties

    Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital in Seattle, has begun to offer hip and knee replacement warranties for procedures performed in its network. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Should narrow networks exist? South Dakota to vote in November

    Narrow networks may reduce costs, but they also restrict patient choice. South Dakota voters will head to the polls in October to determine which one of these objectives is more important, as they vote for an "any willing provider law," legislation that would dismantle narrow networks in the state, according to a report from The Washington Post.  By Ellie Rizzo -

ASC business operations check up

ASC’s are complex businesses with lots of moving parts, and it’s easy to get wrapped up with day to day operational details and forget to stop and look at the big picture in terms of performance.
  1. SAGES begins endoscopy safety program

    The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons has launched a new program designed to promote safe use of energy-based devices in the endoscopy suite and operating room, according to an EndoNurse report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Sept. 26, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 4 resources for perfect credentialing

    Performing flawless physician credentialing and privileging is a difficult process. The major ASC accrediting bodies frequently rank the standard as the most challenging for ASCs. To successfully follow through with documentation requires knowledge, persistence and attention to detail. The following are four essential resources for any facility with the goal of improving physician credentialing and privileging. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. New GI technology: 10 gastroenterologists on the most exciting advancements

    What are the most exciting strides forward in GI/endoscopy technology? Ten gastroenterologists weigh in on what they think are the biggest advancements in the field. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Taking on progressive payment models: 3 ASCs offering bundled payment options

    Here are three surgery centers that offer bundled payment options for certain procedures. By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 51 anesthesiologist moves & achievements in 2014 thus far

    Here are the anesthesiologist moves and achievements that occurred in 2014.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 9 recent surgical updates

    This month has been a busy one in terms of surgical discovery, regulatory updates and patient safety findings. The following are nine surgical updates published on Becker's ASC Review in the past month. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Building a successful ASC out-of-network strategy in the current healthcare environment

    During a Sept. 16 webinar hosted by Becker's ASC Review, John Bartos, JD, CEO of Collect Rx, a company that helps ambulatory surgery centers and other healthcare providers improve out-of-network reimbursements, outlined the key steps ambulatory surgery center leaders can take to build an Out-of-Network (“OON”) strategy in a healthcare environment being reshaped by reform and increasing downward pressure from payers. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. 7 gastroenterologists in the news

    Here are seven gastroenterologists who were featured in the news during the last week. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. Upcoming ASCQR influenza vaccination process of care measure: What ASCs need to know

    Ambulatory surgery centers participating in the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting program will soon be required to begin reporting data for the process of care measure #ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel. By Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, Founder, Owner and President, Infection Control Consulting Services -
  7. SC house begins review of CON program

    A South Carolina House of Representatives panel responsible for reviewing the state's certificate of need program began its work Wednesday, according to a report from The State. By Ellie Rizzo -
  8. Retained surgical items due to teams, not individuals, study finds

    Surgical item retention is most often due to team, rather than individual, errors, according to research published in the American Journal of Surgery. By Ellie Rizzo -
  9. Immune activity: Can it predict surgical recovery times?

    The activity level of a subset of immune cells is a strong predictor of how quickly surgery patients bounce back from postsurgical fatigue and pain, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine published in Science Translational Medicine. By Ellie Rizzo -