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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 Sept. 14, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Buying in bulk, just in time purchasing, consignment: Which supply-ordering pattern is right for your ASC?

    Healthcare delivery in the ambulatory surgery center setting is often fast-paced and prone to sudden changes. While medical providers and staff learn to adapt quickly to this environment and modify processes accordingly, finding a supply-ordering pattern that works well for ASCs can be a challenge. By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 5 key ways to strengthen the surgeon-anesthesiologist relationship

    Whether in the outpatient or hospital setting, in the operating room the surgeon and the anesthesiologist are the leaders of patient care. To deliver high-quality care, it's essential they work in tandem and maintain a strong professional relationship.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. 6 ASCs with effective, efficient scheduling strategies

    Here are six ambulatory surgery centers with effective scheduling strategies that increase efficiency.  By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 4 gastroenterologists on building productive endoscopy center-payer partnerships

    Under healthcare reform, both payers and providers face significant pressure to reduce costs and ensure patients receive quality care. Rather than uphold antagonistic relations, progressive physicians and insurers have begun to work together to achieve this goal. Four gastroenterologists describe how GI physicians can create a working relationship between payers and endoscopy centers. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Trickiest accreditation challenges: 5 most-frequent errors

    Accreditation is an ongoing quality process for an ASC. While accreditation doesn't solve all ills, it does help surgery centers and other healthcare organizations put in place and maintain processes to ensure safe and efficient care. Some standards, however, are universally challenging. In particular, documentation requirements tend to catch ASCs unaware. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. The ASC market by the numbers: A 2014 transaction primer

    From the large scale — AmSurg and Sheridan — to the small — individual physician buy-in —the ambulatory surgery center business is buzzing with transaction activity. Here are 22 key points for ASC owners considering a transaction to know. By Carrie Pallardy -

The dirt on endoscopes and CRE

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  1. Joan Rivers' ENT was not privileged at Yorkville Endoscopy

    An ear, nose and throat specialist present in the New York City-based Yorkville Endoscopy operating room where Joan Rivers was undergoing an endoscopic procedure on her vocal cords did not have privileges to practice at that clinic, according to a report from The New York Times. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. 10 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

    Which cities in the U.S. are growing the fastest? According to a report from Forbes, with the revived economy, some U.S. cities are experiencing changing growth rates, reflective of the places the oldest Millennials have begun to settle down. The following cities are "baby boomtowns," or cities to which families have begun to move at the fastest rates. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. 4 hospitals & health systems opening, planning ASCs

    Here are four hospitals that have opened or announced plans for ambulatory surgery centers within the past month. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Will CMS cover virtual colonoscopy?

    In the wake of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decision to cover the colorectal cancer test Cologuard, the American College of Radiology sent a letter urging CMS to cover virtual colonoscopy. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. 100 ASC benchmarks to know — 2014

    Here are 100 benchmarks and statistics for ambulatory surgery centers based on reports from VMG Health, Avanza Healthcare Strategies, Provista, The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, RemitData, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, ASC Quality Collaborative, HealthCare Appraisers, Objective Health and U.S. Federal Government data. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Balancing efficiency & patient satisfaction: Best ideas for eye centers

    In today's healthcare landscape, it's becoming increasing clear that the customer, or in this case the patient, is king. Patients have access to a wide array of online forums to air grievances and bad experiences at a healthcare facility make the rounds much faster than good experiences. However, ambulatory surgery center operations can be unpredictable and lead to patient dissatisfaction.   By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 7 gastroenterologists making headlines

    Here are seven gastroenterologists that made the news within the past week. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Where is all the ASC data?

    From HCAHPS to healthcare surveys, hospitals seem to be swimming in data.The question is, where is the comparable data for ASCs? By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. Which benchmark can turn my ASC around? A diagnostic test

    If your ASC is struggling, it can sometimes be difficult to understand how to troubleshoot the problem. Problems can have multiple causes, and with the multiple hats ASC staff wear, figuring out the issue may take more time and resources than expected. A little critical thinking, however, can go a long way. Follow this diagnostic test to identify some common areas where an ASC might need to focus extra attention on improvement. By Ellie Rizzo -
  6. Converting data to results in ASC benchmarking: Q&A with Marcy Sasso

    Benchmarking can be a daunting process. From data collection to actionable solutions, the process is deeply involved. Marcy Sasso, CASC, director of compliance and operations at Sasso Consulting, discusses processes through which ASCs can follow benchmarking data to accreditation results. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. 4 Milwaukee endoscopy centers implement new anesthesia information management system

    Four endoscopy centers in the Milwaukee, Wis., area implemented Anesthesia Touch, a new anesthesia information management system for iPad and Windows, according to a Milwaukee Business News report.   By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. 4 recent ASC industry leadership moves

    Here are four ambulatory surgery center industry leaders who have recently taken on new leadership roles. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Sept. 11, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -

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