7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday
Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for October 7, 2013.
Oct. 15 deadline for CMS physician quality reporting draws near.
Beginning Oct. 15, if physicians do not participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System they will face a 1.5 percent payment reduction from Medicare in 2015. In 2016, the penalty will increase to a 2 percent reduction.
Primary PPACA exchange website sees 4.7M hits in 24 hours.
The primary Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act marketplace website, HealthCare.gov, was visited by 4.7 million people in its first 24 hours. The site functioned slowly due to the unexpectedly high volume of web traffic. HHS has reported that the site's capacity has been expanded.
AAAHC partners with government relations firm.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has announced that is has engaged Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs to help advocate for ASC, medical home and office-based surgery practice accreditation issues.
Missouri ASC Association argues against propofol use for lethal injection.
The Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has released a statement arguing the use of propofol for lethal injection. MASCA is concerned that this use of propofol could create access to care issues for patients, as propofol is commonly used as a general anesthetic in surgery centers.
Anesthesia drug market to be worth $7B by 2015.
The anesthesia drug market is expected to reach a value of $7 billion by 2017. The U.S. general anesthesia market was worth $2 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow approximately 4 percent.
Castleview Hospital acquires Utah surgery center.
Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah, has acquired Eastern Utah Surgical Center. Effective immediately, the surgery center will be renamed the Castleview Hospital Surgery Center.
Tri-City Orthopaedic Clinic to break ground on surgery center.
The physicians of Tri-City Orthopaedic Clinic, based in Richland, Wash., are planning to begin construction on a 15,000-square-foot, $3.4 million surgery center in Kennewick, Wash. The surgery center will be located by the clinic's newly completed physical therapy building.
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