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  1. Are bundled payments worth it? An ASC case study

    Bundled payments are relatively new to healthcare and the results of these payment programs have been mixed thus far. A three-year pilot program for orthopedic bundled payments across hospitals and ASCs in California was deemed a failure, but case studies of Horizon Healthcare Services and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield have shown promise. With such a mixed bag of results, how can ambulatory surgery center leaders decide whether or not bundled payments are worth the risk?   By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Meridian Surgical Partners settles qui tam lawsuit

    Meridian Surgical Partners, LLC, a national operator of outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, announced today that it has settled a qui tam lawsuit brought by a former employee at one of its centers. By Staff -
  3. Physicians Realty Trust acquires Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, Eye Center of Southern Indiana

    Self-managed healthcare real estate company Physicians Realty Trust has closed two separate acquisitions totaling $20.7 million during the first week of September. By Carrie Pallardy -

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  1. What level of bowel prep quality calls for a repeat colonoscopy?

    Inadequate bowel preparation requiring a repeat colonoscopy is defined as inability to detect polyps greater than 5 mm. In a recent study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers set out to determine how different levels of bowel preparation quality affect adenoma detection rate. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Outpatient surgery undergoes intense scrutiny following Joan Rivers' death

    Following comedienne Joan Rivers' death after an endoscopy procedure, outpatient surgery in the United States has undergone an unusual amount of scrutiny, with most major news outlets now focused to some degree on outpatient surgery and ASCs. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. 4 recent moves towards ASC price transparency

    Price transparency is taking healthcare by storm. Individual providers are revealing prices, state legislation is pushing for transparency and third-party websites are compiling and publishing cost data. Here are four recent moves joining the movement towards clear, open pricing in healthcare and the ambulatory surgery center industry. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. PODs under attack — 5 things to know

    The United States filed two complaints under the False Claims Act related to physician-owned distributorships.  By Laura Dyrda -
  1. How can you recruit new physician partners for your ASC?

    Join Regent Surgical Health at our ASC Conference on October 23-25 in Chicago to find out! Register today! By Natalie Leoni -
  2. AmSurg to acquire 6 ASCs, HCA stock up .8% & more – 5 recent ASC company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 10 concerns facing ASCs heading into 2015

    Healthcare is always changing and ambulatory surgery centers are in a great position to take advantage of the new care philosophy: providing the best quality for the lowest cost. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. ACL reconstruction: 8 key trends

    A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine examines trends in anterior cruciate ligament surgery in the United States. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. Joan Rivers' situation could happen at your surgery center — How to make sure it doesn't

    As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers after a "minor" throat surgery and subsequent respiratory/cardiac arrest, I am reminded of the phrase I used to preach to my staff early on in this ambulatory movement. By Anne Dean, Founder of The ADA Group -
  2. 4 statistics on ASC staff raises

    Staff costs are one of the highest ambulatory surgery center expenses. Here are four statistics on the annual percent raises ASC companies observe in staff compensation, according to the HealthCare Appraisers 2014 ASC Valuation Survey. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. How busy are gastroenterologists?

    Here are 17 statistics on the number of patient visits and hours spent with patients gastroenterologists handle each week, according to the Medscape Gastroenterologist Compensation Report 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center industry leaders to know for Sept. 8, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. 5 ASCs adding higher acuity procedures

    Here are five ambulatory surgery centers that recently added higher acuity procedures within the last year.  By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  6. 5 big endoscope reprocessing risks in ASCs: How to avoid them

    Ambulatory surgery centers are considered high-quality sites of care, and many centers with gastroenterology conduct their own endoscope reprocessing. By Laura Dyrda -
  7. Defining the ideal GI physician partner

    A business partnership is a serious commitment. Gastroenterologists with a stake in a practice or endoscopy center must carefully consider what skills and qualities a productive partner will bring to the table. By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. What does healthcare's value-based revolution mean for ASC benchmarking?

    Fee-for-service is receding into healthcare history and value-based care is becoming the new industry standard. Ambulatory surgery centers are no strangers to providing low-cost, high-quality care, but how that equation is demonstrated is dramatically changing. How will ASC benchmarking need to change to meet healthcare's new payment model and gold standard? By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. 9 gastroenterologists in the news

    Here are nine gastroenterologists who made headlines within the past week. By Carrie Pallardy -