7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday
Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for August 15, 2013.
Today is National ASC Day.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has announced that today is National ASC Day. Ambulatory surgery centers are encouraged to open their doors to the community and show how ASCs provide high-quality, low-cost healthcare.
Proposed CMS 2014 physician fee schedule to pay physician offices more than ASCs.
The proposed Medicare 2014 physician fee schedule would lower payment for indicated services performed in ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments. The fee schedule would also pay more for the 200 indicated services, if performed in a physician's office.
CMS announces plan for information sharing to determine insurance coverage eligibility.
CMS has announced it will create computer matching agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and the Veterans Health Administration to regulate information from the CMS Data Services Hub. The data hub, created under the PPACA, is designed to allow new health insurance exchanges to determine people's eligibility for health insurance coverage.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to sign bill closing the reimbursement gap between ASCs and HOPDs.
U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) recently visited several healthcare facilities, including Northwest Ambulatory Surgery Center. Afterwards, Rep. Bonamici said she would likely sign House Bill 2500, which would close the gap in Medicare reimbursement between ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments.
Independent physicians are 43% more likely to expect ACOs to negatively impact profits.
Independent physicians are less likely than employed physicians to expect benefits from accountable care organizations. Independent physicians are 43 percent more likely to expect to take a hit on profitability and 61 percent more likely to expect difficulty in getting paid, according to athenahealth's 2013 Physician Sentiment Index.
Northstar increases salary and advertising expenses.
Northstar Healthcare, a company that partners with physicians in the ownership and management of ambulatory centers and services, has reported a $1.3 million net loss for the first half of the year due to an increase in spending on salary and advertising. The company owns three ambulatory surgery centers.
Atlantic Eye Center of New Jersey celebrates 25 years.
Atlantic Eye Center in Cape May Court House, N.J., founded by ophthalmologist Michael Caruso, MD, is celebrating 25 years of business. Dr. Caruso was one of the first physicians in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to perform LASIK surgery.
More Articles on ASC Issues:
6 ASC Administrators on How Their Surgery Centers Are Responding to Healthcare Reform
4 Things Great ASC Administrators Do to Prepare for the Future
6 Steps to Hire a Staff That Makes Your Surgery Center Shine
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.