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  1. OASCA elects board of directors

    The Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has elected a new board of directors.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. $9.22B in 3Q HCA revenue, AmSurg stock report, New SurgCenter Development ASC & more – 5 recent ASC company key notes

    Here are five recent news update on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Top 10 GI code facility payments: 2015 vs. 2014

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final 2015 payment rule. Here 20 statistics on the facility payments for 10 top GI/endoscopy CPT codes in 2014 in comparison to 2015 rates, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. By Carrie Pallardy -

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  1. 8 ASCs join Pricing Healthcare platform

    Six endoscopy centers and two ambulatory surgery centers have joined the price transparency platform Pricing Healthcare. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. ASC payments officially to increase 1.4% in 2015: 5 things to know about the final Medicare 2015 payment rule

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final 2015 ASC payment rule, according to an Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Illinois report. Here are five things to know about the final rule. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. CMS delays review of lower GI/endoscopy codes

    The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule was published on Oct. 31 and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed the review of lower GI/endoscopy codes until 2016 as requested by the American Gastroenterological Association and its sister GI societies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Price transparency could lower healthcare costs by 14%

    A recent study published in JAMA examined claims data for half a million patients between 2010 2013, according to a report from the Managed Markets Network. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Nov. 3, 2014.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. ASC anesthesia relationships under attack

    There is an evolving controversy brewing and picking up steam as to anesthesia relationships with ASCs. Here, the issues focus around when ASCs and their owners can profit from or be the providers of anesthesia.  By Scott Becker, JD, CPA -
  3. Medicare inspections & survey readiness: Key concepts for success

    One of the biggest concerns for ambulatory surgery center operators is Medicare inspections and accreditation survey readiness. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Streamlining the Life Safety Code® Survey

    The first step in streamlining an ASC’s Medicare survey for Life Safety Code® (LSC) compliance is to understand where requirements come from, and that is the CMS "State Operations Manual, Appendix L – Guidance for Surveyors: Ambulatory Surgical Centers."  The State Operations Manual (SOM) document is updated periodically, so organizations should check the CMS web site for the most recent version on a regular basis.  The current version, as of this writing is "(Rev. 99, 01-31-14)." By William E. Lindeman, AIA, President/WEL Designs PLC, Physical Environment Consultant to AAAHC -
  1. Top 10 common physician credentialing mistakes ASCs make

    At the Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting — The Business and Operations of ASCs, Oct. 23 to 25, in Chicago, Sharon Kimbrough, CPCS, CPMSM, manager, medical staff services and credentialing at Surgical Care Affiliates, discussed the importance of physician credentialing as well as inherent challenges.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Financial leadership playbook: The essential skills for a CFO in gastroenterology

    What qualities does a successful CFO in the gastroenterology field need to cultivate? By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 10 ASCs with 15+ physician owners

    Here are 10 ambulatory surgery centers with 15 or more physician owners.  By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 5 new ASCs opened, announced in October

    The following are five new ambulatory surgery centers that have been opened or announced in October. By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. Where's the best place to be a surgeon? The answer may surprise you

    For surgeons living in Kansas, there's no place like home. When adjusting for the cost of living, surgeons in Kansas make more than their counterparts in any other state, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. By Ellie Rizzo -
  6. 5 must-reads for the forward-thinking gastroenterology leader

    Here are five articles for gastroenterologists to read in preparation for the future of GI. By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. Dr. Lawrence Kosinski: 4 thoughts on the future of gastroenterology

    Is the road ahead for the gastroenterology field bright or dark? Lawrence Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF, managing partner of Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, offers insight into four key components on the future of GI.     By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. Is your office culture killing or helping revenue? 3 ways to find out

    In an Oct. 16 webinar hosted by Becker's Healthcare, Billie Reese-Turner, director of client services for in2itive Business Solutions, discussed how physician practices, surgery centers and other healthcare providers can create a foundation to generate more revenue. By Molly Gamble -
  9. Novel techniques for managing postoperative pain following orthopedic and spinal procedures performed in ambulatory setting

    At the 21st Annual Becker's ASC Conference in Chicago on Oct. 25, Peter G. Whang, MD, FACS, Associate Professor at the Spine Service Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine, shared new techniques for managing postoperative pain following orthopedic spinal procedures performed at ASCs.  By Shannon Barnet -