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  • 4 recent ASC industry leadership moves

    Here are four ambulatory surgery center industry leaders who have recently taken on new roles. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • Anesthesia drug shortages are a reality: 5 options for ASCs

    Over the last decade or so, anesthesia drug shortage issues appear to have been compounding. While the passage of the 2012 Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act — which included a provision to mitigate national drug shortages — was a good move toward tackling this issue, it is still one that anesthesiologists across the country are grappling with.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Need a new supply management strategy? 5 key steps

    Group purchasing organizations save the U.S. healthcare industry approximately $36 billion dollars annually, according to an April 2009 study by Eugene Schneller, PhD, called "The Value of Group Purchasing — 2009: Meeting the Needs for Strategic Savings." For ambulatory surgery centers looking to reign in supply costs and outsource supply contract management, joining a GPO is an obvious choice. However, if an ASC finds that its GPO partnership is not working well for the center, it may be time to make a change. By Anuja Vaidya -
  • HCA preliminary Q3 results show increase in profit

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America has previewed a third-quarter rise in profits and has raised its 2014 guidance. By Helen Adamopoulos -
  • Are ASCs in for another rough Q1?

    Harsh winter weather and underwhelming financial results were the hallmarks of the first quarter of 2014 in the ambulatory surgery center industry. Winter is threatening to bring another round of record low temperatures in 2015, and the challenges of 2014, if anything, have intensified. How can ASCs prepare for the new year? By Carrie Pallardy -
  • The 10 biggest ASC industry stories of 2014

    Two of the biggest transactions in ambulatory surgery center industry history; feverish mergers and acquisition activity in the anesthesia sector; legislative upheaval: no one can argue that 2014 was a dull year for ASCs. Here are 10 of the biggest healthcare stories that impacted the ASC industry this year. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • Sister GI societies reach out to CMS: Dr. Joel Brill on advocacy issues to know

    Nearly 450 gastroenterologists with the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the Medicare 2015 physician fee schedule proposed rule. Joel V. Brill, MD, FACP, AGAF, FASGE, FACG, AGA CPT/ advisor, answers questions on the GI societies' advocacy efforts. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday

    Here are seven recent news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Oct. 15, 2015. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • 7 steps for effective ASC revenue cycle management

    As technology continues to grow and evolve, the number of cold calls I receive from software vendors seems to increase. By Joseph G Ollayos, CASC, Administrator, Tri-Cities Surgery Center -
  • BCBS of Illinois, Illinois Gastroenterology Group to pioneer intensive medical home for Crohn's Disease: 6 things to know

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin have partnered to create an intensive medical home program focused on Crohn's disease. Here are six things to know about the program and its partners. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • Price transparency could improve quality of care

    A study published by UnitedHealthcare has found that tools designed to help patients estimate the cost of care may also play a role improving the quality of care provided, according to a report by The Tennessean. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • Managing a PR crisis: 8 pro tips for ASCs

    There is no such thing as bad publicity, American showman and circus owner P. T. Barnum once quipped. In some industries, this saying may hold true; but in healthcare, it's certainly not the case.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Tool: Preparing for Ebola in the OR

    The Association for periOperative Registered Nurses has released guidelines for perioperative personnel for taking care of Ebola patients in surgical settings in its AORN Journal. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 8 hospitals/health systems opening ASCs

    The following eight hospitals have announced, opened or acquired ownership of an ambulatory surgery center in the past month: By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -

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