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Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for May 15, 2014.

Medicare spent $8.5B on unnecessary care.
In 2009, Medicare spent as much as $8.5 billion (2.7 percent of total spending) on services deemed to have little or no clinical value, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study. The researchers also found 25 percent to 42 percent of beneficiaries receive low-value services. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.
Ohio outpatient surgery cases increase 24.3%.
Northeast Ohio's Center for Health Affairs release a report on outpatient surgery cases performed in the state. The case volume of outpatient surgery increased 24.3 percent from 2001 to 2013. The trend may be seen on a larger scale across the country, according to the report.

HSA PrimeCare closes Indiana surgery center transaction.
HSA PrimeCare closed the purchase of APAC Medical Plaza, a multispecialty surgery center in Crown Point, Ind. Prior to the closing, HSA PrimeCare executed a long-term lease agreement with the physician group APAC Centers for Pain Management.

Gadsden Endoscopy Center acquires new technology.
Gadsden (Ala.) Endoscopy Center, affiliated with Riverview Regional Medical Center, acquired the HALO/Barrx system for the treatment of Barrett's esophagus.

Jeff Blankinship launches price transparency platform.
Jeff Blankinship, president of Surgical Notes and Surgery Center Network, founded I Need a Surgery. INS is a direct-to-consumer surgical solution and educational platform designed to bring price transparency to the field of surgery.

ACMC surgery center announces administrator appointment.
ACMC, based in Marshall, Minn., hired Andrew Mitlyng, RN, as its new administrator. The center is schedule to open in fall 2014. Mr. Mitlyng has experience in perioperative care and will coordinate the new surgery center's operations.

OrthoCarolina opens $4.9M Mallard Creek Surgery Center.
A group of 20 OrthoCarolina physicians opened the $4.9 million Mallard Creek Surgery Center in Charlotte, N.C. The physicians own a 30 percent stake in the surgery center and Gaul Surgical Properties, an affiliate of OrthoCarolina, owns the remaining 70 percent.

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