Today's 20 Top StoriesRSS
  1. 2 Secure Texting Case Studies

    In a recent webinar sponsored by Amcom, Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College of Wisconsin and The Ottawa Hospital (Canada) shared their experience with secure texting. By Gina Sparacino -
  2. If CMS Lowered HOPD Rates, What Could ASCs Expect?

    The OIG's recommendation earlier this year that certain Medicare hospital outpatient department rates be lowered to ASC rates was met with significant resistance from both parties, and for good reason. While ASCs have lobbied to eliminate the growing disparity in HOPD and ASC rates, the potential fallout from such a drastically opposite change could be catastrophic for both HOPDs and ASCs alike. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. How Far Gone is Too Far Gone? An ASC Turnaround Story

    When does a center hit the point of no return for a turnaround? How far gone is too far gone? For the founding partners at the Surgery Center of Northeast Texas in Texarkana, that moment nearly came when they were literally locked out of their center's building. By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. National Surgical Hospitals Acquires Ownership Stake in The Fairfield Surgery Center

    National Surgical Hospitals has purchased an ownership interest in The Fairfield (Conn.) Surgery Center. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana to Take Part in Mayo Clinic Endoscopic Quality Improvement Project

    Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana, based in New Albany, will participate in Mayo Clinic's national trial focused on improving colorectal cancer detection, according to a News and Tribune report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. ACG, AGA, ASGE Meet With CMS to Discuss GI Value & Reimbursement: 4 Things to Know

    Despite the outcry over cost of procedures such as colonoscopy, GI reimbursement has suffered harsh cuts in recent years. The presidents of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy met May 22 with CMs administrator Marilyn Tavenner to discuss key issues relating to colonoscopy and GI services. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 9 Threats to ASC Revenue Cycle Management Success

    What are the biggest threats to effective ambulatory surgery center revenue cycle management? By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Preventing Patient Falls with Technology

    A news brief from Amcom indicates that a secure communication platform can help prevent patient falls.  By Gina Sparacino -
  2. After Accreditation: How Does the Process Improve ASCs?

    While the initial accreditation process may involve changes in workflow, accreditation readiness becomes integrated into the fabric of compliant ASCs in a way that has many potential benefits to the center, according to Michael Kulczycki, MBA, CAE, executive director of The Joint Commission's Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program. Here are some of the ways ASCs stand to benefit from pursuing and maintaining accreditation. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Becker's CEO Roundtable Session: ACOs - Current Trends and Issues

    Join a panel of healthcare leaders for an informative session on accountable care organizations at Becker's Hospital Review Annual Chief Executive Officer Strategy Roundtable. By Gina Sparacino -
  4. Medicare-Certified ASC Trends: 130 Net OR Increase in 2013

    According to an analysis of new Medicare ASC data performed by Healthcare Transaction Advisors (HCTA), the ASC industry squeaked out a small increase in the number of Medicare-certified ASCs in 2013. By Nick Newsad, Co-Owner of Healthcare Transaction Advisors -
  1. 5 Key Thoughts on Pain Management This Year

    Scott Glaser, MD, President and co-founder of Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, discusses the biggest threats to pain management today and where the field is headed. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. "Single Dose Vials and ASCs- Impact and Options"

    Dr. Jeff Summers of New South Neurospine PMR Center will lead a session called "Single Dose Vials and ASCs- Impact and Options" at Becker's 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine.   By Gina Sparacino -
  3. Key Financial and Clinical Issues for Bundled Payments

    Bundling payments involves both financial and clinical considerations.  Here are important points to examine from leaders at DataGen. By Gina Sparacino -
  4. Supply Standardization: 7 Ways to Achieve ASC Physician Buy-In

    Reducing costs is vital for ensuring the financial health of an ambulatory surgery center. Managing supply chain effectively can go a long way in reducing costs, and one of the keys to success is standardizing supplies.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. HANYS Starts Campaign to Spotlight Quality Care

    HANYS has launched a campaign called "100 Ways, 100 Days" to recognize organizations that are developing creative models to improve quality of care.   By Gina Sparacino -
  6. 5 Key ASC Companies Report Increased Q1 Earnings

    Despite the slow start to the first quarter of a 2014, a number of ambulatory surgery center companies overcame severe weather and the onset of high patient deductibles to report increased revenue. By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. 10 ASCs Making the News This Week

    The following are 10 ambulatory surgery centers that have made the news locally, at the state level or nationally in the past week. By Ellie Rizzo -
  8. From Now Until October 2015: The New ASC ICD-10 Implementation Timeline

    In April, President Barack Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which provided another temporary sustainable growth patch and effectively derailed ICD-10 implementation for at least a year. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. Nueterra Partners With Surgery Center of Pinehurst

    Nueterra Global Alliance has partnered with the Surgery Center of Pinehurst (N.C.). By Ellie Rizzo -