7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

From the latest opinions on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to new CMS regulations, here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Feb. 20, 2014.

Oklahoma and Idaho consider price transparency bills for ASCs.
Oklahoma is considering the passage of The Oklahoma Health Care Cost Reduction and Transparency Act of 2014 (HB 2400), which would require ASCs in the state to submit pricing to the state health department for the 100 most common diagnostic and surgical procedures. The Idaho House is considering HB 497, which would create a state pricing database of the 50 most common procedures performed at ASCs and hospitals.

90% of healthcare providers support the PPACA.
Nine out of 10 healthcare providers support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but 86 percent believe the PPACA is in need of major revision, according to a Mortenson Construction survey. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

San Antonio Orthopaedic Group adds ORs to ASC.
The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group recently remodeled its ambulatory surgery center and expanded the number of operating rooms. The center now has eight ORs and two treatment rooms.

CMS proposes new emergency preparedness requirements.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed expanded emergency preparedness requirements for providers, including ambulatory surgery centers. Read the full report on Becker's ASC Review.

Specialty Surgical Center partners with Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Specialty Surgical Center in Sparta, N.J., has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an international organization focused on worldwide healthcare improvement. The surgery center will offer the Institute's patient safety and healthcare curriculum to its staff.

Columbia Memorial Hospital opens women's health surgery center.
Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its minimally invasive women's health surgery center. The opening of the center was driven by Edward Marici, DO, an OB/GYN physician with Columbia Memorial Hospital.

AAAHC accredits New Gulf Coast Surgery Center.
The New Gulf Surgery Center in Ocean Springs, Miss., has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The center demonstrated 100 percent compliance in all areas. 

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