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  1. 6 recent ASC acquisition & affiliation agreements

    Here are six recently announced or completed ambulatory surgery center industry affiliation and acquisition agreements. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. ASC payer mix — developing the best in-network, out-of-network strategy

    The appropriate payer mix in today's healthcare environment depends on the center's experience and healthcare market. New centers begin out-of-network to perform cases for Medicare certification and some stay that way while others opt to negotiate in-network contracts as soon as possible. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Surgery Partners-Symbion deal to include $5.82M Honolulu Spine Center acquisition

    As part of the Symbion acquisition, Chicago-based Surgery Partners will purchase the Honolulu Spine Center for $5.82 million, according to a Pacific Business News report. By Carrie Pallardy -

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. Payer partnerships: how to move spine & total joints from hospitals to ASCs

    At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 12, I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, managing principal and CEO of EVEIA HEALTH Consulting and Management, and Anna Gimble, vice president of ancillary contracting west with UnitedHealthcare, discussed how ASC leaders can partner with payers to shift spine and total joint procedures from the hospital to the ASC setting. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. AmSurg 2Q revenue up, Northstar Healthcare leadership appointments & more — 5 recent key notes on ASC companies

    Here are five recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Orthopedics-driven ASC payer mix: 12 statistics

    Here are 12 statistics on payer mix at orthopedics-driven ambulatory surgery centers according to the VMG Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2012. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. 4 evolving giants in the ASC industry

    In a time of uncertainty and turmoil in the ASC industry, these four ASC management and development company leaders have kept the outlooks for their companies strong, pursuing aggressive development strategies, aligning themselves with other innovative healthcare leaders and keeping their vision turned toward the future to capitalize on emerging ASC business trends. By Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and 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. ASC key specialty: 14 statistics on GI/endoscopy-driven revenue in ASCs

    Gastroenterology/endoscopy procedures are 27 percent of the total ambulatory surgery center case volume, 10 percent larger than the second ASC key specialty ophthalmology, according to VMG Health's 2012 Intellimarker Ambulatory Surgical Center Financial & Operational Benchmarking Study. Here are 14 statistics on GI/endoscopy revenue in surgery centers. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Website to publish Colorado ASC prices before year's end

    The non-profit Center for Improving Value in Health Care has launched a website that allows consumers to compare hospital prices, according to a Fierce Health Finance report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center industry leaders to know for August 4, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 5 recently planned or opened ASCs

    Here are five ambulatory surgery centers that have been announced, opened or expanded within the past month. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. ASC branding: 7 tips to leverage low-cost online resources

    There is no doubt that we live in a hyper-connected world where Google holds the key to most questions. In this age, does it make good business sense for ambulatory surgery centers to ignore the World Wide Web? By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. The road to ASC financial success: 10 supply chain cost-cutting strategies

    Running an ambulatory surgery center often revolves around expecting the unexpected. There are several factors that administrators cannot control, however there is one factor they can: supply spend. "Reimbursement is fixed but cost is a variable you have control over," says Joshua Billstein, a board member of the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Association and practice manager at The Polyclinic in Seattle. By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 11 ASCs adding spine, orthopedic procedures

    Here are 11 ambulatory surgery centers that have added or will soon add spine and orthopedic procedures.  By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Preparing your ASC for a transaction – Valuation 101

    Over the years I have given numerous discussions on valuation and valuation trends within the ASC industry. By Todd J. Mello, ASA, CVA, MBA, Partner and Co-Founder of HealthCare Appraisers -
  5. 3 innovative quality improvement project ideas for ASCs

    Quality improvement is never done. The process requires dedication to excellence, attention to detail, great recordkeeping and employee willingness to take on new responsibilities and adhere to new policies. The following are three innovative quality improvement initiatives from ASCs striving to foster excellence alongside evolution in their practices. By Ellie Rizzo -
  6. 4 smartest things ASC owners do today: Preparing for sale

    When physicians decide to open an ASC, business success is top of mind. Conducting present business in a way that maximizes future business, however, is a priority that can escape those who are not extremely planful. Here are four of the smartest things ASC owners can do today to maximize future gains from the sale or transfer of various parts of their business. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. Hiring & firing: what gastroenterologists need to know about finding a stellar staff

    A physician's staff members are the face of their practice. They are patients' first point of contact and guide them through the entire process of care. A colorectal surgeon and gastroenterologist discuss what GI physicians need to look for to establish an efficient, effective staff.   By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. 100 ASC & physician practice coding, billing & revenue cycle tips

    Financial management is essential to overall ambulatory surgery center and physician practice health. Here are 100 tips from various industry experts on billing, coding, collections, electronic health records, ICD-10, new payment models and revenue cycle management. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. How ASCs can take advantage of local partnerships

    Being a freestanding ASC is getting harder and harder. Between shrinking reimbursements, narrowing networks and a dwindling pool of available physician recruits, the surgery centers that are surviving — and doing it well — seem to have one thing in common: partnerships. By Ellie Rizzo -