7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

From colorectal cancer awareness participation to new industry collaboration, here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for March 10, 2014.

N.J. Assemblyman Lou Greenwald visits The Endo Center at Voorhees.
New Jersey Assemblyman and General Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald visited The Endo Center at Voorhees on March 7 in honor of National Colon Cancer Screening Day. More than 140 endoscopy centers across the nation participated in the screening day.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam honors colorectal cancer awareness.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed March 7 as "Dress in Blue Day" to promote colorectal cancer awareness. AmSurg physician partner Kevin Finnegan, MD, presented the governor with a colon cancer awareness t-shirt.

Pennsylvania ASCs partners with state Patient Safety Authority.
A group of Pennsylvania ASCs and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority have collaborated successfully on nursing protocols to reduce day-of-surgery cancellations. The PPSCA and 11 ASCs in the state have collaborated for 18 months thus far and reached a 9.7 percent reduction in DOS cancellations.

Northstar Healthcare 4Q patient revenue up 108%.
Northstar Healthcare announced its fourth quarter and year-end financial results. The company's fourth quarter patient services revenue was $13.5 million, up 108.7 percent and its year-end net patient services revenue was $31.1 million, up 49 percent.

AGA, Pfizer announce $200k Grant for IBD research.
The American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation and Pfizer announced the AGA-Pfizer JAK-IBD Research Grant, which would provide up to $100,000 per year for two years. The application deadline for the grant is June 6.

Surgery Center Network partners with Kempton Group.
Surgery Center Network, a comprehensive network of ASCs, announced a new partnership with third-party administrator The Kempton Group. Through the partnership, The Kempton Group will implement SCN's services for its clients. Kempton will have access to high-quality ASCs that operate under the principles of free-market healthcare and price transparency.

White House extends deadline for non-PPACA compliant plans again.
The White House has extended the deadline for the use of health plans not in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable requirements again. Consumers will now be able to renew non-PPACA compliant plans through Oct. 1, 2016. Read the full article on Becker's Hospital Review.

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