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  1. Slashing supply costs with orthopedic preference items — 7 strategies

    Physician preference items, particularly orthopedic preference items, can contribute significantly to supply costs at an ambulatory surgery center. It is in the center's best interest to keep these costs as low as possible to achieve financial success. By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Endo International to acquire Par Pharmaceutical for $8.05B, PENTAX continues to work with FDA on scope infections & more – 7 GI/endoscopy company key notes

    Here are seven recent news updates on gastroenterology and endoscopy companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Healthcare costs up 6.3% for American families in 2015 — 10 key notes

    The amount of money a typical family pays for healthcare is rising, according to a recent study from Milliman reported in Insurance Journal.  By Laura Dyrda -

Challenges in spine and pain coding

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  1. MB Real Estate completes big Chicago-area MOB buys for $160M — 5 things to know

    MB Real Estate recently purchased several medical office buildings in the Chicago area, including space occupied by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, according to a Crain's Chicago Business report.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Mercy Surgery Center nurse receives Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award: 4 things to know

    Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, has granted it first Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award to Sue Passmore, RN, according to a report by The Review. Here are four things to know. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Nathan Littauer Hospital opens Johnstown Endoscopy & Surgery Center: 3 key points

    Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, N.Y., has opened the Johnstown (N.Y.) Endoscopy and Surgery Center, according to a readMedia report. Here are three key points on the new center. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Total joint replacement in ASCs: 3 surgeons on patient selection

    Successfully performing total joint replacement surgeries in ambulatory surgery centers requires establishing and observing criteria for appropriate patient selection.  By Brandon Howard -

The dirt on endoscopes and CRE

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  1. AAAHC IQI names Dr. Thomas James III, Donna Read Norton to board — 5 things to know

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Institute for Quality Improvement named a health plan executive and a surgery center veteran to its 2015 board of trustees.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. SCA adds 4 centers in Q1, AmSurg stock hits 52-week high, HCA's ambulatory surgery division partners with Issio & more – 6 ASC company key notes

    Here are six recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia officially opens ASC: 4 things to know

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia officially opened its Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center in King of Prussia, Pa., this week. Here are four things to know about the new center.   By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 7 statistics on gastroenterologist compensation by practice setting

    Here are seven statistics on gastroenterologist compensation by practice setting, according to the Medscape Gastroenterologist Compensation Report 2015. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. HCA's ambulatory surgery division partners with Issio Solutions: 5 things to know

    Hospital Corporation of America's ambulatory surgery division has partnered with Issio Solutions to improve productivity. Here are five things to know about the new partnership. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 can put your ASC at risk — Key updates for owners & operators

    Nelson Gomes, President & CEO, PriorityOne Group, discusses Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and how to make sure your ASC isn't in danger. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 5 most-read GI/endoscopy stories May 11 to May 15

    Here are the five most popular Becker's ASC Review gastroenterology and endoscopy stories for the week of May 11 to May 15. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 7 things to know about Q1 healthcare M&A

    Overall in the first quarter of 2015, healthcare deal volume was up 19 percent and disclosed value was up 92 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014, according to the "PwC Health Service Deals" report. Here are seven things to know about merger and acquisition activity in the first quarter of this year. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. North Hills Surgery Center begins offering price transparency: 4 insights

    North Hills Surgery Center in Fayetteville, Ark., has started to offer price transparency for cash pay patients, according to an Arkansas Business report. Here are four things to know the surgery center and this strategic move. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — May 18, 2015

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for May 18, 2015.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. 38 spine-driven ASCs to know | 2015

    With new techniques and technologies making outpatient spine surgery safer and more effective, more and more ambulatory surgery centers are becoming increasingly spine-focused. Here are 38 primarily spine-driven ASCs.  By Anuja Vaidya & Brandon Howard -
  8. 5 big dysfunctions in ASCs — And how to fix them

    Janie Kinsey, RN, CASC, administrator at Saint Luke's Surgicenter—Lee's Summit discusses five big dysfunctions that can occur at ambulatory surgery centers and solutions to fix them. By Laura Dyrda -
  9. 16 ASCs recently adding new specialties & procedures

    More and more procedures can now be performed on an outpatient basis, making it easier for ambulatory surgery centers to grow and add specialties. Adding a new specialty or service line is also a popular tactic for growing patient volume and diversifying an ASC's business. Here are 16 ASCs that have added or will soon add new specialties and procedures.    By Anuja Vaidya & Brandon Howard -

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