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  1. Northwestern Memorial to open new ASC

    Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Hospital has opened a 25-story outpatient surgery center downtown and will start surgeries there Oct. 20, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. St. Rose ASC becomes joint venture

    Great Bend, Kan.-based Centura Health and Hays Medical Center (HaysMed) have signed a letter of intent to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. 11 statistics on gastroenterologist & payer relationships

    The payer-provider relationship can be contentious. Here are 11 statistics on how gastroenterologists plan to interact with payers this year, according to the Medscape Gastroenterologist Compensation Report 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -

Challenges in spine and pain coding

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  1. How does gastroenterologist starting salary compare to other specialties? 50 statistics

    Here are 50 statistics on the median starting salary in the gastroenterology field and 48 other specialties, according to The Online Database of Graduating Physicians 2013-2014 Physician Salary Survey. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 12 ASC administrators: 'Our biggest plans for 2015'

    The year 2015 promises to be an interesting year in the ambulatory surgery industry. What are the most significant projects or plans administrators have for their centers for the year ahead? Here, 11 administrators tell all. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. New Merritt Healthcare ASC, HCA stock hits $71 & more – 5 recent ASC company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. CMS quality reporting updates in 2015

    Much like with ICD-10, CMS' quality data collection has been somewhat of a rollercoaster for ASCs this year. Whether it's the influenza vaccine data collection, or data collection of postoperative procedures, ASCs quality data collection hasn't always been straightforward. The following are summaries of ASC quality measure data reporting and collection periods for calendar year 2016.  By Ellie Rizzo -

The dirt on endoscopes and CRE

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  1. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Oct. 13, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. The safe surgery checklist guide: From source tools to implementation

    During an Oct. 9 webinar hosted by Becker's ASC Review, Michelle George, RN, MSN, CASC, vice president of clinical services with Surgical Care Affiliates, and Lisa Sinsel, group director of clinical services with SCA, delved into the history of safe surgery checklists and how ambulatory surgery center leaders can make the most of these tools.   By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. CMS to cover stool DNA test Cologuard

    CMS has issued its final National Coverage Determination for the colorectal cancer stool DNA test Cologuard, developed by Exact Sciences. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. UPMC GI scope infection research could alter national guidelines

    National guidelines for endoscope cleaning may be updated due to research performed by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s infection prevention team, according to a Medical Xpress report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Can financial incentives improve OR efficiency?

    Financial incentives may reduce operation room turnaround times and improve on-time start accuracy, according to new research in JAMA Surgery.   By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. 3 new joint venture ASCs

    The following are three joint venture centers opened or announced in the past month. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. How to boost efficiency without sacrificing quality in GI

    Gastroenterologists are facing more and more demands on their time, while striving to maintain excellence. Four gastroenterologists share tips on improving GI practice efficiency without affecting quality of care. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Colorectal cancer screening in 2015: Achievements to date & hurdles ahead

    With accountable care organizations and population health on the rise, a premium is placed on preventative care. Colorectal cancer screening has been a central focus in healthcare and gastroenterology for years, with a significant pay off, but more remains to be done. Four gastroenterologists offer insight into the successful history of colorectal cancer screening and what the field looks like in 2015. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. 3 OB/GYN coding and billing tips

    Here are three tips for coding and billing common OB/GYN procedures. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. Green design pads bottom line: Efficiency in ASC buildings

    For surgery centers, the design-build conversation is often one of efficiency. However, environmental impact is another increasingly popular discussion for those constructing or retrofitting a center. Not only are optimal use of water, light and space better for the environment, but efficient use of resources often coincides with efficient design, a more judicious use of resources and streamlined workflow, all of which are major goals for many ASCs. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. 24 statistics on claim lines not paid by payers

    Here are 24 statistics on the percent of claim lines paid $0 for any reason, according to the American Medical Association. By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. Balloon colonoscope improves polyp detection

    A balloon colonoscope improves polyp and adenoma detection rate when compared to standard colonoscopy, according to a Medscape report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. 3 gastroenterologists & internal medicine physicians in the headlines

    Here are three gastroenterologists who made the news within the past week. By Carrie Pallardy -

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