7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday
Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for September 16, 2013.
Ambulatory care provides 45% of healthcare employment.
Last month, ambulatory care accounted for 45 percent of healthcare employment, while hospitals accounted for 33 percent, and grew by 26,000 jobs. Over the past year, outpatient care centers have grown by 6 percent, or 39,600 jobs.
ASCA releases clinical & operational benchmarking tool online.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, in collaboration with Voyance, has released the new surgery center operational and clinical benchmarking program. The program is available through the ASCA website.
Merritt Healthcare ASC earns state license.
Merritt Healthcare's River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center has been granted its state license from the state of Connecticut Department of Health and is currently operational.
EmployerDirect offers program for self-insured bundle payments.
EmployerDirect, a company that helps large self-insured employers improve employee medical costs, has begun to offer SurgeryPlus, a program that serves as a supplemental healthcare benefit that reduces costs of planned medical procedures by 30 to 50 percent through bundled case rates. SurgeryPlus is implemented by a personalized care coordinator and negotiates all costs before surgery.
CMS grants Life Safety Code waivers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recently approved waivers for multiple requirements in the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code for healthcare providers including ambulatory surgery centers. Healthcare organizations are able to take advantage of the waivers without asking CMS for formal approval.
Study finds PPACA reduced premium costs by $1.2B in 2012.
An analysis performed by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has found that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance review rate process reduced premium costs by $1.2 billion for 6.8 million consumers in 2012. The average rate request dropped 12 percent in the individual market, saving consumers $311 million.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation earns approval for Fremont surgery center.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation has received city approval for the construction of a 20,400-square-foot ambulatory surgery center in Fremont, Calif.
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