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  1. U.S. health spending to reach $5.4 trillion by 2024: 5 notes

    The U.S. health spending growth rate is projected to average 5.8 percent from 2014 to 2024, CMS reported in a Health Affairs report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Medicare deaths, costs and hospitalizations down: 5 key notes

    The healthcare system in the United States has made incredible improvements in reducing deaths, costs and hospitalizations, according to USA Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Alliance seeking to repeal 'Cadillac' tax: 5 things to know

    A group of insurers, employers and unions have formed an alliance to persuade Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax, according to Business Insurance.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Patient payment processes, challenges

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  1. End of an era: Healthcare spending projected to increase: 5 key notes

    The age of reducing healthcare spending is coming to an end. Federal data shows healthcare spending is set to increase in the coming years, according to The Hill.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Connecticut hospital acquires Fuse Endoscopy System, Vermont hospital acquires Olympus video endoscopy system & more – 5 GI/endoscopy company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on key GI/endoscopy company players.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. ASCA releases new salary, benefits benchmarking tool: 5 things to know

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has launched a new, nationwide salary and benefits survey. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. DVT prevention in ASCs: Mobile compression post-discharge as the next frontier

    Pulmonary embolism is the second leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease. Around 300,000 people die each year due to pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis impacts more than 2 million Americans annually, however; many of these cases are preventable. By Laura Dyrda -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

Surgery centers commonly underestimate the importance of routinely assessing their charge master and ensuring charge levels are appropriate for the services being provided relative to cost, payor allowed amounts, and implant reimbursement methodologies.
  1. 10 things for ASC leaders to know about CON programs

    Before opening an ASC in many markets, owners will need to navigate a certificate of need process. Here are 10 things for ASC leaders to know about CON programs across the United States.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 5 key trends for successful ASCs to know from AAAHC CEO Stephen Martin Jr.

    Stephen Martin Jr., Ph.D., the new CEO of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), discusses the biggest factors impacting surgery centers today and how ASCs are overcoming industry challenges to thrive in the future.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 11 innovative apps for ASC administrators

    Here are 11 apps for ASC administrators:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 11 expert recommendations for C. Diff-associated diarrhea prevention

    An expert panel of infectious disease specialists conducted a literature review of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea and prevention techniques and the results of the review were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. 6 things to know about ACA driving big insurance mergers

    Recent health insurance mergers have been making headlines, particularly the recent Anthem-Cigna merger. The Affordable Care Act is the primary driver for the recent insurance mergers, according to Healthcare Dive.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Call for HRAs for all small businesses: 5 key notes

    IRS imposed a policy charging $100 each day per employee for small businesses that offer traditional Health Reimbursement Accounts, according to The Hill.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 9 new physicians to buy into expanded Buffalo Surgery Center: 5 things to know

    Buffalo Surgery Center will be moving to a new, larger location in Amherst, N.Y., and the center is attracting new physician ownership, according to a Buffalo Business First report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 5 most-read GI/endoscopy stories – July 20 to July 24

    Here are the five most-read Becker's ASC Review gastroenterology and endoscopy stories for the week of July 20 to July 24. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. SCA receives 'hold' rating, HCA stock down 0.44% & more — 5 key notes on ASC companies

    Here are five updates on ASC companies:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Newfound rivals: 5 reasons Blue Cross isn't a fan of Anthem's recent acquisition

    Anthem's recent purchase of Cigna has many insurance companies like Blue Cross/Shield anxious as the new acquisition will make Anthem a stronger competitor, according to Forbes.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. #fixEHR: Physicians voice EHR concerns — 7 key notes

    The American Medical Association and the Medical Association of Georgia hosted a meeting for physicians to discuss their frustration over electronic health record systems, according to Medpage Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. 170 GI physicians making headlines in 2015 so far

    Here are 170 gastroenterologists making headlines in the first half of the year.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Payment landscape forecast: 3 gastroenterologists consider the possibility of colonoscopy reimbursement cuts

    CMS has released the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which could put into action payment cuts for colonoscopy and other lower GI/endoscopy procedures of up to 19 percent.  By Carrie Pallardy -


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