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  1. SCA launches secondary public offering of common stock

    Surgical Care Affiliates has launched an underwritten public offering of 7 million shares of its common stock. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Strategies for ASC managers to implement infection control practices

    One of the greatest challenges that face managers of ambulatory surgery centers is keeping the rate of infection low. By Sports and Spine Orthopaedics -
  3. Texas ASC Society names Central Park Surgery Center CEO Steve Blake executive director

    Steve Blake has taken over as executive director of the Texas ASC Society, according to a TASCS newsletter. By Laura Dyrda -

Successful approach to implementing EHR solutions

For tips on a successful approach to selecting and implementing the right solutions when considering an EHR, legislation updates, economic impact, and electronic record options are just a few of the items that should be considered.
  1. Video-based decision aids reduced rates of elective surgery, active treatment for urologic conditions, study finds

    Video-based decision aids helped reduce rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia patients and rates of active treatment for localized prostate cancer patients, according to a report published in the American Journal of Managed Care.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Medicaid, CHIP include 11.2M additional individuals

    Approximately 11.2 million additional individuals have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program as of January 2015 — a 19.3 percent increase from the average monthly enrollment in 2013 from July through September.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. OIG: Reducing HOPD reimbursement on ASC-approved procedures could save $15B over 5 years

    The OIG released a report on 25 unimplemented recommendations that could have saved HHS programs billions of dollars. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Flower Orthopedics completes $4.5M equity financing — 5 key notes

    Flower Orthopedics completed a successful round of equity financing. By Laura Dyrda -

Maximizing out-of-network reimbursements

As providers survey the landscape today, there aren't many opportunities to improve profitability. You have little control over the rates in your managed care contracts, and no control over Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. Out-of-network represents a last, great opportunity for many providers to improve profitability.
  1. 42 statistics on ASC space and rent

    Here are 42 statistics on ambulatory surgery center space and rent based on the region of the country and size of the center, according to the VMG Health Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Promises kept? After 5 years, comparing ACA's original projections with today's reality

    In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the most dramatic overhaul to U.S. healthcare law in more than a generation. The law’s passage came after decades of proposals by both parties attempting to slow the acceleration of healthcare costs in the United States and expand coverage to millions of uninsured Americans – all without reducing benefits. By Nap Gary, COO of Regent Surgical Health -
  3. 6 legislative changes impacting ASCs — March 23, 2015

    Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2015, which fixes the law allowing CMS to use different inflation measures for ASCs and hospital outpatient programs when settling rates. The bill also requires quality reporting transparency; CMS would add an ASC community representative to the advisory panel on hospital outpatient payment and would have to disclose why they may decide to not include a procedure on the ASC payable list.    By Brandon Howard -
  4. 5 most read GI articles – March 16 to March 20

    Here are the five most read gastroenterology/endoscopy articles on Becker's ASC Review for the week of March 16 to March 20. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. HAIs in the US: 5 key findings

    There were significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections reported at the national level in 2013, according to The National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report published earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday – March 23, 2015

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for March 23, 2015.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Tenet, USPI to combine ASC, imaging center businesses: 5 things to know

    The consolidation trend in the ambulatory surgery center market continues. Tenet Healthcare and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe have signed an agreement for Tenet and United Surgical Partners International to form a joint venture. Here are five things to know about the new agreement. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. AGA Center for GI Innovation: "Getting to Zero" meeting for duodenoscope infections

    The American Gastroenterological Association Center for GI Innovation held a "Getting to Zero" meeting in regards to infections associated with duodenoscope procedures. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. HHS recovers $3.3B in fraudulent billing in 2014

    HHS has recovered $3.3 billion in fraudulent healthcare billing for the fiscal year 2014, according to a HealthcareDIVE report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. Ambulatory surgery center transactions — Current trends and concepts for 2015

    The ambulatory surgery center industry is the "wild west" of transactions, with hospitals, corporate entities and even large standalone ASCs looking to acquire, joint venture or merge with centers across the country.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. 4 ASCs offering pediatric orthopedics programs

    Here are four ambulatory surgery centers that provide pediatric orthopedic services.  By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  8. The price of 8 common outpatient procedures in 6 major U.S. cities

    The disparity in healthcare pricing from city to city and even within the same market is no secret. The push for transparency has been gaining steam across the country and just how disparate those costs can be continues to come to light. Here are the prices for 8 common outpatient procedures performed in six large U.S. cities, according to a Gawker report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. Children's Health, Dr. James Andrews partner to create orthopedic sports medicine clinic, ASC

    Children's Health System of Texas in Dallas has partnered with James Andrews, MD, to establish an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic for student athletes and build an ambulatory surgery center in Plano, Texas, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.  By Anuja Vaidya -