7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for MondayHere are seven things for ASC leaders to know for Monday, March 11, 2013.
Surgical Notes launches Surgery Center Network.
Surgical Notes launched the Surgery Center Network, a service to connect a network of ambulatory surgery centers to insurance plans, workers' compensation payors and the general public. Through this network, users can view surgery cost comparisons and outcomes data, receive surgery education and evaluate ASCs.
Medicare physician pay cut starts April 1.
Originally scheduled for March 1, the 2 percent Medicare pay cut for physicians related to the across-the-board budget cuts from the sequester won't begin until April 1.
AAAHC released 2013 standards.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care announced its 2013 Health Plan Standards, which describe qualities the accreditor requires from health plans and managed care organizations seeking accreditation.
Maine legislators look to reform CON.
Republican lawmakers in Maine are seeking to roll back the state's certificate of need program that requires state officials to review proposals for major provider expansions and construction of new facilities.
Georgia surgery center bill contended.
Georgia House Bill 279, which would allow physician-owned surgery centers in Georgia to offer multiple specialty services in one location, is under fire. Hospitals argue against the bill, claiming it will be a detriment to their financial stability. Those in favor of the bill argue that multispecialty surgery centers will allow for convenient and less costly options for patients.
New York hospitals challenge surgery center opening.
New York hospitals are challenging the approval of a new ambulatory surgery center, Omnicare Multi-Specialty Center, citing the potential to slash hospital revenue. The Omnicare Multi-Specialty Center would include gastroenterology, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology and urology, and projects performing 4,400 surgeries per year. The new ASC could cost King County Hospital $742,000 in revenue.
Montana defeats ASC CON bill.
The Montana House Human Services Committee voted to kill House Bill 306, which would have required a stricter review process for organizations to build ambulatory surgery centers in the state.
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