7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for August 29, 2013.

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Digestive Disease Associates surgery center hosts Congressman Joseph Pitts.
The Digestive Disease Associates surgical diagnostic center in Wyomissing, Pa., recently hosted Republican Congressional Representative Joseph R. Pitts. Rep. Pitts discussed healthcare legislation with the center's managing partner Louis LaLuna, MD, and executive director John Gleason. Rep. Pitts said he intends to keep the visit in mind when he returns to Congress.

Dr. Steven Meier performs first hemi cap arthroplasty at Beverly Hills surgery center.
Steven Meier, MD, recently performed the first hemi cap arthroplasty to be done at La Peer Health Systems, an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Pend Oreille Surgery Center splits business in two.
Pend Oreille Surgery Center in Ponderay, Idaho, has reorganized its business into two separate entities: POSC, LLC and POSC Holdings. POSC remains focused on outpatient surgical care, while POSC Holdings now owns the center's building and land. The split was meant to provide an opportunity for investors to become involved in a business, which prior to the reorganization, could only involve physicians that intended to use the facility.  

K and B Surgical Center purchases robotic surgical system.
K and B Surgical Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., has purchased the da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive procedures. The surgical system is designed for minimally invasive procedures in gynecology, colorectal surgery, bariatric surgery, urology, general surgery and pediatric surgery.

62% of employers plan to change retiree health coverage strategy.
A recent Aon Hewitt survey has found that 62 percent of employers are reconsidering and changing long-term retiree health strategies. Employers intend to control costs by shifting coverage of employees 65 and older from group plans to individual Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. Of the responding employers, 30 percent want to eliminate pre-65 retiree coverage and subsidies.

IRS finalizes penalties for not purchasing insurance.
The Internal Revenue Service has released the final regulations regarding penalties for individuals that fail to purchase insurance by Jan. 1, 2014. Those that do not have minimum essential coverage will pay a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their household income, whichever is the larger amount. In 2016, the penalty will increase to $695 per person or 2.5 percent of household income.

Methodist Hospital breaks ground on $77.4M surgery center.
Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb., has broken ground on a $77.4 million surgery center. The project is expected to take three-and-a-half years to complete.

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