7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for May 5, 2014.

Healthcare spreading grows 9.9% in first quarter.
Healthcare spending grew 9.9 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

CMS breaks silence, sets ICD-10 transition date for Oct. 1, 2015.
Last week a CMS spokesperson issued a statement on ICD-10. "HHS expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through Sept. 30, 2015."

Controversy over South Carolina CON program rages on.
In April, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control was required to find the funds needed to operate the certificate of need program, despite Governor Nikki Haley's veto of the funds. The DHEC remains unsure of how to procure a sustainable source of funding. Governor Haley has filed an amicus brief in support of the DHEC. Read the full report on Becker's ASC Review.

Study recommends no change in workers' comp fees for California ASCs.
A recent study examining outpatient surgical fees for California's worker's compensation recommends no change in the fees. The study, required by the state's 2012 workers' compensation reform law, did not provide support for allowing any procedures from the "inpatient only" list to be performed in the outpatient setting, except perhaps certain types of spinal fusion.

Pentax Medical releases new software platform for endoscopy units.
Pentax Medical, an endoscopic imaging company, announced the launch of its endoPRO iQ 7.6 in the United States and Canada. The endoPRO iQ 7.6 is the newest version of the company's information technology and image management software for endoscopy centers.

San Gabriel Surgery Center acquires LenSx laser.
San Gabriel Surgery Center in California acquired the Alcon LenSx laser for bladeless cataract surgery. Reid Wainess, MD, is the first eye surgeon in the San Gabriel Valley to perform surgery using the technology.

Park Nicollet to convert clinic to surgery center.
Park Nicollet Health Services plans to spend $48 million on a new, 115,000-square-foot outpatient center next to its existing clinic in Maple Grove, Minn. The existing clinic will be converted into a surgery and endoscopy center.

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