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Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for August 11, 2014.

California bundled payments program fails to meet cost-savings goal.
Three years after a pilot bundled payment program was implemented at California, a RAND Corporation study shows the program failed to meet its cost-saving goals. The Integrated Healthcare Association launched the program in 2010 to adopt bundled payments for orthopedic procedures among commercially-insured individuals younger than 65. Read the full report on Becker's Spine Review.

Majority of safety leaders lack necessary data.
Only 24 percent of safety leaders feel they have appropriate data to reduce patient harms, according to a study from Pascal Metrics. The study surveyed patient safety leaders at the National Patient Safety Foundation's 2014 Patient Safety Congress.

Utah surgery center offers DaVinci surgery.
Utah Davis Surgical Center in Layton is now offering DaVinci robotic surgery. The center's two physicians, Joseph Jensen, MD, and Peter Wilson, MD, are both trained in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

USPI, Mnet Financial partner for patient payment.
Mnet Financial created a co-insurance payment program for United Surgical Partners International to provide patients with payment plans for their medical bills. USPI patients will have access to flexible payment plans without interest through Mnet Financial's MedDraft payment plan management system.

Arkansas, Kentucky lead U.S. states in sharpest drop in uninsured rate.
A new Gallup poll has revealed the 10 states with the largest declines in uninsured rates since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect at the beginning of the year all expanded Medicaid. Arkansas had a 10.1 percent decline in its uninsured rate this year and Kentucky had a 8.5 percent decline. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

FMT pill developed for C. diff infection.
Symbiotic Healthcare, based in Manhattan, N.Y., has developed a capsule containing the processed fecal matter used in the C. difficile treatment fecal microbiota transplantation. In a preliminary test including 23 patients, the pills resulted in an 87 percent cure rate.

Lincoln Orthopaedic Center to expand ASC.
Lincoln (Neb.) Orthopaedic Center broke ground on an addition to its facility. The expansion project will include the addition of a third operating room and a procedure room to the center's ambulatory surgery center. The preoperative and recovery areas will also be expanded.

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