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  1. HCA preliminary Q3 results show increase in profit

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America has previewed a third-quarter rise in profits and has raised its 2014 guidance. By Helen Adamopoulos -
  2. Are ASCs in for another rough Q1?

    Harsh winter weather and underwhelming financial results were the hallmarks of the first quarter of 2014 in the ambulatory surgery center industry. Winter is threatening to bring another round of record low temperatures in 2015, and the challenges of 2014, if anything, have intensified. How can ASCs prepare for the new year? By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. The 10 biggest ASC industry stories of 2014

    Two of the biggest transactions in ambulatory surgery center industry history; feverish mergers and acquisition activity in the anesthesia sector; legislative upheaval: no one can argue that 2014 was a dull year for ASCs. Here are 10 of the biggest healthcare stories that impacted the ASC industry this year. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Sister GI societies reach out to CMS: Dr. Joel Brill on advocacy issues to know

    Nearly 450 gastroenterologists with the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the Medicare 2015 physician fee schedule proposed rule. Joel V. Brill, MD, FACP, AGAF, FASGE, FACG, AGA CPT/ advisor, answers questions on the GI societies' advocacy efforts. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday

    Here are seven recent news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Oct. 15, 2015. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 7 steps for effective ASC revenue cycle management

    As technology continues to grow and evolve, the number of cold calls I receive from software vendors seems to increase. By Joseph G Ollayos, CASC, Administrator, Tri-Cities Surgery Center -
  4. BCBS of Illinois, Illinois Gastroenterology Group to pioneer intensive medical home for Crohn's Disease: 6 things to know

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin have partnered to create an intensive medical home program focused on Crohn's disease. Here are six things to know about the program and its partners. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Price transparency could improve quality of care

    A study published by UnitedHealthcare has found that tools designed to help patients estimate the cost of care may also play a role improving the quality of care provided, according to a report by The Tennessean. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Managing a PR crisis: 8 pro tips for ASCs

    There is no such thing as bad publicity, American showman and circus owner P. T. Barnum once quipped. In some industries, this saying may hold true; but in healthcare, it's certainly not the case.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Tool: Preparing for Ebola in the OR

    The Association for periOperative Registered Nurses has released guidelines for perioperative personnel for taking care of Ebola patients in surgical settings in its AORN Journal. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. 8 hospitals/health systems opening ASCs

    The following eight hospitals have announced, opened or acquired ownership of an ambulatory surgery center in the past month: By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. Northwestern Memorial to open new ASC

    Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Hospital has opened a 25-story outpatient surgery center downtown and will start surgeries there Oct. 20, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. St. Rose ASC becomes joint venture

    Great Bend, Kan.-based Centura Health and Hays Medical Center (HaysMed) have signed a letter of intent to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. 11 statistics on gastroenterologist & payer relationships

    The payer-provider relationship can be contentious. Here are 11 statistics on how gastroenterologists plan to interact with payers this year, according to the Medscape Gastroenterologist Compensation Report 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. How does gastroenterologist starting salary compare to other specialties? 50 statistics

    Here are 50 statistics on the median starting salary in the gastroenterology field and 48 other specialties, according to The Online Database of Graduating Physicians 2013-2014 Physician Salary Survey. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. 12 ASC administrators: 'Our biggest plans for 2015'

    The year 2015 promises to be an interesting year in the ambulatory surgery industry. What are the most significant projects or plans administrators have for their centers for the year ahead? Here, 11 administrators tell all. By Ellie Rizzo -
  6. New Merritt Healthcare ASC, HCA stock hits $71 & more – 5 recent ASC company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. CMS quality reporting updates in 2015

    Much like with ICD-10, CMS' quality data collection has been somewhat of a rollercoaster for ASCs this year. Whether it's the influenza vaccine data collection, or data collection of postoperative procedures, ASCs quality data collection hasn't always been straightforward. The following are summaries of ASC quality measure data reporting and collection periods for calendar year 2016.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  8. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

    Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Oct. 13, 2014. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. The safe surgery checklist guide: From source tools to implementation

    During an Oct. 9 webinar hosted by Becker's ASC Review, Michelle George, RN, MSN, CASC, vice president of clinical services with Surgical Care Affiliates, and Lisa Sinsel, group director of clinical services with SCA, delved into the history of safe surgery checklists and how ambulatory surgery center leaders can make the most of these tools.   By Carrie Pallardy -