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  1. New legislation would remove ASCs from CON regulation in North Carolina

    New legislation introduced in North Carolina would deregulate the opening of ambulatory surgery centers in the state, according to a Triangle Business Journal report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Northwestern Memorial earns approval to double ORs at Chicago outpatient center

    Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to double the number of operating rooms at its outpatient center, according to a Chicago Tribune report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Cape Regional Health System to open endoscopy center in New Jersey

    Cape Regional Health System plans to open a new endoscopy center in Cape May Court House, N.J., according to a Shore News Today report. By Carrie Pallardy -

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  1. ASCA joins efforts to raise colorectal cancer awareness

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has joined the many organizations pushing for increased public education during Colon Cancer Awareness month.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday – March 12, 2015

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for March 12, 2015. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 4 recent ASC industry leadership moves - March 12, 2015

    Here are four ambulatory surgery center industry leaders who recently stepped into new roles.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. SCA, The CORE Institute & independent physicians partner to open surgical hospital: 5 things to know

    Surgical Care Affiliates, The CORE Institute and six independent physicians have partnered to open a surgical hospital in Phoenix. Here are five things to know about the partnership and project. By Carrie Pallardy -

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  1. The Surgery Center of Middle Tennessee's Dr. Lee Hunter featured on ElbowLOC device

    Lee Hunter, MD, believed there must be a better way to stabilize a patient's arm during elbow surgery than with towels and nurses. Thus, he developed a prototype for an arm stabilizer, founded Hunter Medical in 2009 and launched the ElbowLOC last fall; yesterday Dr. Hunter was featured in the Nashville Business Journal for his development.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Physicians Endoscopy acquisition, EndoChoice raises $57M & more – 7 GI/endoscopy company key notes

    Here are seven recent news updates on gastroenterology and endoscopy companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Zoning board rejects Orthopedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Connecticut ASC project

    The Stamford, Conn., zoning board has voted against a change that would have allowed Orthopedic & Neurosurgery Specialists, based in Greenwich, Conn., to open a new surgery center, according to Stamford 411 report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 12 key statistics on ASC case volume per day

    Here are 12 key statistics on ambulatory surgery center case volume based on information from the VMG Health Multi-Specialty ASC Inetllimarker. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. Physicians Endoscopy acquires PGC Endoscopy Center of Excellence: 4 things to know

    Physicians Endoscopy has acquired a stake in the Philadelphia Gastroenterology Consultants Endoscopy Center of Excellence. Here are four things to know about the transaction. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. New legislation would pave the way for 23-hour stays at Florida ASCs

    New legislation (HB 999 and SB 1394) could allow ambulatory surgery centers in Florida to take on 23-hour stays. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. The paradigm of physician leadership: How to find the ideal ASC medical director

    The medical director is a key figure in an ambulatory surgery center's team, but as with any leadership role finding the right person is easier said than done. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 10 most common issues to address at ASCs to make your center more efficient

    Here are 10 of the most common issues that, when addressed, can make ambulatory surgery centers more efficient. By Laura Dyrda -
  5. Preoperative MRSA decontamination significantly reduces SSI risk in elective orthopedic surgery, study finds

    Preoperative methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus decontamination decreased the surgical site infection rate by more than 50 percent among patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery with hardware implantation, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. CBO revises budget projections; Cuts estimated PPACA cost to federal government by 11%

    The Congressional Budget Office has updated the baseline budget projections it published earlier in the year, and included in the changes is updated estimations of the budgetary effects of the major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. 26 gastroenterologists making headlines – March 10, 2015

    Here are 26 gastroenterologists who were featured in the news for leadership moves or industry honors within the past month. By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. Ohio Association of ASCs contracts with Bureau of Workers Compensation on joint arthroplasty certification

    The Ohio Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers signed a contract with the Bureau of Workers Compensation to start a joint arthroplasty certification program for ambulatory surgery centers, according to an OAASC report. By Laura Dyrda -
  9. SCA revenue up 15.6%: 6 4Q, year-end financial report highlights

    Surgical Care Affiliates reported its fourth quarter and year-end financial results. Here are six things to know from the report. By Carrie Pallardy -

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