7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Dec. 26, 2013.

CMS Final Rule: 4 new procedures approved for ASCs.
The CMS Final Rule added four new procedures to the ASC Approved Procedure List for Medicare patients. The procedures include parathyroidectomy or exploration of parathyroid; thyroidectomy, total or complete; open treatment of patellar fracture with internal fixation; and osteochondral allograft, knee, open.

Report: 65% of ASCs are single specialty.
More than half, 65 percent, of ambulatory surgery centers are single specialty, according to the Outpatient Surgical Centers Industry Overview report from Hoover. The top specialty is ophthalmology, followed by orthopedics.

Senator Jeff Merkley visits Oregon surgery center.
The Eye Health Eastside Surgery Center in Clackamas, Ore., recently hosted Senator Jeff Merkley, a co-sponsor of the ASC Quality and Access Act of 2013. ASC director Cherie Shelvin, RN, led Sen. Merkley through the center.

Report: 50 largest ASC operators account for 30% of industry revenue.
The 50 largest management and operations companies generate approximately 30 percent of the ASC industry’s revenue, according to the Outpatient Surgical Centers Industry Overview report from Hoovers.

OMNI Outpatient Surgery Center opens in Utica.
The $4.5 million, 17,000-square-foot OMNI Outpatient Surgery Center opened in Utica, N.Y. Nameer Haider, MD, will serve as the pain management surgical center’s lead physician.

CMS names 123 new Medicare Shared Savings ACOs.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced 123 new accountable care organizations in its Medicare Shared Savings Program, effective Jan. 1, 2014. The application period for organizations interested in applying to be in the next class of Shared Savings Program ACOs will be in summer 2014.

Oakwood Southshore Medical Center ASC honored.
Press Ganey granted the Ambulatory Surgery and Surgery Center at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, Mich., its Guardian of Excellence Award. The award is granted to healthcare organizations that score in the 95th percentile for clinical quality, patient satisfaction and employee engagement.

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