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  1. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — August 10, 2015

    Here are seven updates:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 5 Philadelphia ASCs

    The Liberty Bell, philly cheese steak and the eagles are all hallmarks of Philadelphia. Also, the state is home to some of the finest — and oldest — healthcare institutions in the country, including a number of successful ASCs.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. What do gastroenterologists do to relax?

    Gastroenterologists are busy physicians, but an important of maintaining a successful career is balance. Here two  gastroenterologists share how they relaxes outside of their practices.  By Carrie Pallardy -

Patient payment processes, challenges

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  1. Unique Patient Identifier to protect against data breaches: 5 points

    TASCET created the 'Unique Patient Identifier' to protect patients from data breaches.  By Megan Wood -
  2. Leaf Healthcare's wearable monitor helps with at-risk ulcer patient turning: 6 observations

    Leaf Healthcare released white paper on a wireless, wearable patient monitor that alerts caregivers turning schedules for patients at risk of pressure ulcers.  By Megan Wood -
  3. 5 GI physicians in the news – Aug. 7, 2015

    Here are five gastroenterologists who made headlines within the past week or so.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Insurers reward shareholders despite growing healthcare costs — 6 notes

    Despite rising healthcare costs and insurance premiums, insurance providers share their steep profits with their shareholders, according to International Business Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

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  1. Senate passes Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015 — 7 facts

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association commended Congress today for supporting the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015. The legislation recently passed through the Senate.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Avoid these 7 mistakes when adding spine to your ASC

    In a move that made spine ASCs around the country breathe a sigh of relief, CMS announced nine new procedure codes on the ASC payable list for 2015. With CMS paying for more spine procedures that ever before, the specialty is poised to become a new must-have ASC service line. Additionally CMS' decision to reimburse for more outpatient spine care, private payers will be encouraged to follow suit.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 6 recent ASC acquisitions & partnerships — Aug. 6, 2015

    Here are six recent ambulatory surgery center and surgical hospital acquisitions.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Disinfected endoscopes might not be so clean: 6 important points

    Bacteria was found on endoscopes after the equipment underwent a multi-step cleaning and disinfecting process, according to a study by Ofstead & Associates in Saint Paul, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Megan Wood -
  1. 55% of gastroenterologists will limit procedures for Medicare patients if colonoscopy cuts go into effect

    The American Gastroenterological Association polled its members to see how gastroenterologists expect CMS' proposed colonoscopy cuts to affect their practices. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 199 ASC industry leaders to speak at Becker's ASC 22nd Annual Meeting – The Business and Operations of ASCs

    Becker's Healthcare is hosting the Becker's ASC 22nd Annual Meeting – The Business and Operations of ASCs at the Swissotel in Chicago Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. The latest advances in minimally invasive colorectal surgery

    As surgeons, it's our responsibility to learn and develop new techniques that can continually improve outcomes and quality of life for patients. By Dr. John Marks, Chief of Colorectal Surgery for Lankenau Medical Center, part of the Main Line Health System -
  4. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — August 6, 2015

    Here are seven things to know:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Healthcare providers now subject to review on Yelp: 6 points

    Data on hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics is now available on Yelp, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.  By Megan Wood -
  6. Brilliant surgeon and CEO of OrthoCarolina, Daniel Murrey, to speak on "The Future of Private Practice - Is it Supergroup, Employment, or Neither?" at Becker's ASC 22nd Annual Meeting, October 22-24, Swissotel, Chicago

    Register early and save! Early registration discounts for Becker's ASC 22nd Annual Meeting - The Business of ASCs end on September 1st.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. The ins and outs of data collection in ASCs

    Technology is changing the healthcare field with healthcare professionals keeping up with the changing times to remain profitable in the current healthcare market. ASCs are mandated to report quality data, and facilities use data analytics to efficiently manage their center. Data collection is a valuable tool ASC leaders utilize to compare their facility in relation to others and ultimately improve their surgical center.    By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. 28 ASC joint ventures & acquisitions in 2015 so far

    Here are 28 ambulatory surgery center joint ventures and acquisitions so far in 2015.  By Laura Dyrda -
  9. 13 things for GI physicians to know about 'superbugs'

    Earlier this year, "superbugs" made national headlines following several outbreaks of infections linked to duodenoscopes used during ERCP. Here are 13 things for gastroenterologists to know about antibiotic resistant infections in the healthcare industry. By Carrie Pallardy -

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