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  1. 4 recent ASC industry moves

    Here are four ambulatory surgery center industry leaders who recently took on new roles. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday

    Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Sept. 18, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 6 gastroenterologists making headlines

    Here are six gastroenterologists who made the news in the past week. By Carrie Pallardy -

The hidden opportunity to increase profits

As providers survey the landscape today, there aren't many opportunities to improve profitability. You have little control over the rates in your managed care contracts, and no control over Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. Out-of-network represents a last, great opportunity for many providers to improve profitability.
  1. AHRQ's ASC safety program enrollment now open

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery is now accepting enrollment for Cohort 4 of the program, which will launch Sept. 29. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. ENT took illegal selfie with anesthetized Joan Rivers before her cardiac arrest

    Another surprising detail has come to light in the events leading up to comedienne Joan Rivers' death: The unnamed, unauthorized ENT physician present in Ms. Rivers' procedure room took a selfie with her while she was under anesthesia, according to a report from CNN. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. What does the future hold for ASCs?

    Join us at Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting on Oct. 23-25 in Chicago! Register today! By Natalie Leoni -
  4. 5 sample OR/procedure room cleaning checklists

    As much of 75 percent of an operating room may not be sufficiently cleaned or disinfected. For example, the three best-cleaned items in an operating room — main door, main field light and telephone — are cleaned less than 35 percent of the time. However, routine disinfection is associated with significant reductions in surgical site and other patient infections. Here are five sample disinfection and terminal cleaning checklists for ORs and procedure rooms. By Ellie Rizzo -

Improving patient acquisition with online marketing

There is a huge paradigm shift going on that has moved the power of information from the practice to the patient.  77% of individuals are searching for a reputable doctor online and 1/3 of consumers trust the internet as a reliable source for healthcare information.  Despite this, only 20% of healthcare marketers are implementing an effective digital marketing strategy to acquire more patients.
  1. Dr. Paul Ruggieri authors second book, "The Cost of Cutting," on price transparency

    Paul Ruggieri, MD, FACS, a general surgeon with Fall River, Mass.-based Truesdale Surgical Associates, has written a book on price transparency titled "The Cost of Cutting,” according to a report from WCBV. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Does sigmoidoscopy fill a colorectal cancer screening niche?

    Colonoscopy is widely embraced as the gold standard of colorectal cancer screening, but it is one of many tests designed to detect CRC. A recent study published in The Journal of the AmericanMedical Association examines the effects of flexible sigmoidoscopy on CRC incidence and mortality in Norway. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. North Valley Surgery Center opens in Arizona

    North Valley Surgery Center, one of the largest surgery centers in Arizona, opened in Scottsdale, according to an arizona.newszap report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. The little things that boost big payoff in paid receivables

    It's funny to me — in so many aspects of life, people love to talk about "the little things" and how "it's the little things that really matter," but it seems these are the first things people will dismiss, forget about or flat out toss through a window. The thing is, what people say is true. By Tracey Erbert, President of in2itive Business Solutions -
  1. 5 orthopedic-driven ASC supply chain management trends

    Flower Orthopedics — maker and manufacturer of the innovative Flower Cube for orthopedic implants — and supply chain giant McKesson Medical-Surgical teamed up recently in a new partnership poised to take on the traditional orthopedic distribution model for ambulatory surgery centers. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. AmSurg opens new ASC, USPI cash flow up & more – 5 recent key notes on ASC companies

    Here are five recent key notes on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Rapid anesthesia M&A activity in 2014: A recap

    Anesthesia group mergers and acquisition activity has been in full swing in 2014. Here are 22 transactions that occurred so far this year, divided by acquiring company. By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Electronic documentation software for reprocessing endoscopes: Making patient safety key

    Contaminated endoscopes are one of several medical devices frequently associated with outbreaks of healthcare associated infections. By Casie Lieby, Analyst, MD Buyline -
  5. 6 things to know about the New York ASC market

    New York is considered one of the most difficult ambulatory surgery center markets to break into. Jordan Fowler, founder and CEO, and Roy Bejarano, president, of New York-based Frontier Healthcare offer are six insights into the state's ASC environment. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. 8 reads for new entrepreneurs

    As a new entrepreneur, information is a precious commodity. The following are eight great books every new entrepreneur should read, according to Forbes. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. BayCare Surgery Center opens in Florida

    BayCare Surgery Center, formerly Trinity Surgery Center, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on its new 15,000-square-foot facility in New Port Richey, Fla. By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. 19 things to know about GI compensation & satisfaction in 2014

    Do the benefits outweigh the growing pressures of practicing in the gastroenterology field? Here are 19 things to know about GI compensation and satisfaction in 2014, according to a Medscape report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. What can you learn from an Olympic Athlete?

    Join Becker's and Lolo Jones at our 21st Annual ASC Conference on Oct. 23-25 in Chicago. Register today! By Natalie Leoni -