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  1. Association of Independent Doctors says Green Mountain Surgery Center opposition 'anticompetitive' — 4 key notes

    The Association of Independent Doctors, a national group that works with the Federal Trade Commission to stop hospital mergers, says opposition to the Green Mountain (Vt.) Surgery Center is anticompetitive, the VTDigger reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. The Joint Commission deletes 135 performance elements for ambulatory, office-based surgery programs

    The Joint Commission removed 85 elements of performance from its Ambulatory Health Care accreditation program and 50 elements of performance from its Office-Based Surgery programs, Ambulatory Buzz reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. FDA awards 1st GI Shaver EndoRotor market clearance: 4 key notes

    The FDA awarded Interscope's EndoRotor System marketing clearance.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. 16 statistics on ASC supply cost by specialty

    Avanza Healthcare Strategies released the "Ambulatory Surgery Center Special Report: 2017 Benchmarks" earlier this year including financial and operational benchmarks for ASCs. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Healthcare adds 20k jobs in April: 5 things to know

    The unemployment rate is down again for April as the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Outsourcing sterile compounding can help ASCs maximize value-based care

    Increasing competition and decreasing reimbursement for services provided are driving healthcare organizations to seek innovative value-based, patient-safety focused solutions. Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are examining their processes to eliminate inefficiencies and take advantage of savings opportunities. One opportunity that hospitals and ASCs should evaluate as a strategic decision for advancing patient safety and operational efficiency is outsourced sterile compounding. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Only Iowa ACA insurer may leave marketplace: 4 points

    A Medica spokesperson said the payer, which is the sole insurer offering ACA coverage in Iowa, may exit the exchange in 2018, according to Bloomberg.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. WHO: 4 things to know about hand hygiene

    Health workers failing to make hand hygiene compliance a priority may put patients' health at risk.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Magic in the Culture: The Glue that Binds

    No two surgery centers are the same despite similarities in design and systems. We look at our surgery centers like our children — each has its own personality, likes and dislikes, all of which makes each very interesting. And while the foundation of each surgery center is its systems, success is not based on the systems and processes alone. Rather, it is the human element —surgery centers are people taking care of people in a safe environment.  By Joseph Zasa, a founder and managing partner of ASD Management -
  3. AHCA passes House by 4 votes — Faces uncertain future in Senate

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in a 217-213 vote mostly along party lines, Politico reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Anesthesiologists need to know — Qualified Registry or Qualified Clinical Data Registry better for MIPS?

    Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira penned an eAlert in which he discussed whether participating anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists should use a qualified clinical data registry or a qualified registry for Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. American Association for Physician Leadership names new board: 3 key notes

    The American Association for Physician Leadership elected two physicians leaders and three new physician to its board of directors.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Net revenue for 11 common ASC specialties — Orthopedics #1 with $3.1k per case

    VMG Health’s Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2017 compiled median net revenue per case in ASCs by specialty.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. gMed's gGastro features new reporting capabilities: 4 key notes

    gMed's, a Modernizing Medicine company, gGastro EHR can now report Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey data to some vendors.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Salix Pharmaceuticals creates 360-degree virtual reality IBS learning tool — 4 insights

    Salix Pharmaceuticals created an interactive virtual reality tool that physicians can use to explore irritable bowel syndrome causes.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. What 3 things define a high performing practice?

    CareCloud and UBM Medica released results from their 2017 Practice Performance Index that show medical groups that embrace a patient-centric, value-based approach to practice management outperform those following the status quo.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. Uptick in U.S. coverage rates did not lower care access for insured population: 3 findings

    A Health Affairs study found more Americans gaining health insurance did not negatively impact access to care for those who continued to have insurance.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. AMA: Premium grace-period has impact on providers' payment — 6 takeaways

    American Medical Association President Andrew Gurman, said in a release CMS' final rule that gives enrollees a grace period to pay past-due premiums may impact providers.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Aetna expects nearly $225M in 2017 losses, fueling decision to pull out of more ACA exchanges

    Aetna said it plans to withdraw more plans from ACA exchanges as it expects hefty 2017 losses, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Community honors former Kaiser Permanente ASC leader for working with military families: 4 key notes

    A California town, Pleasanton, honored Pat Frizzell, RN, as "Woman of the Year" for her work with military families, according to The Independent.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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