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7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Written by Carrie Pallardy | February 06, 2014

Here are seven news updates, from CMS to ICD-11, for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Feb. 6, 2014.

New CMS quality measure requires improved patient visual function following cataract surgery.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Payment Rule included new quality reporting requirements for cataract surgery, which many ASCs may struggle to meet, according to an Ohio Association for ASCs report. The new requirement includes reporting improvement in cataract surgery patients' visual function within 90 days of the procedure.

Evergreen Eye Center one of the first in Washington to perform bladeless cataract surgery.
Evergreen Eye Center recently became one of the first centers in the state to perform bladeless cataract surgery. John Jarstad, MD, founder of Evergreen Eye Center, performed the procedure using LenSx technology.

AAAHC accredits North Metro Surgery Center.
North Metro Surgery Center, affiliated with AmSurg, recently completed a successful Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care survey.

Monticello Community Surgery plans opening and price transparency.
The Monticello Community Surgery Center is expected to open in Charlottesville, Va., next month. The new surgery center will post procedure prices, including all fees, on its website.

Mission Valley Heights Surgery Center physician honored as emerging leader.
David Fabi, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Mission Valley Heights Surgery Center, received the Leaders in Total Joint Replacement Generation Next Award. Dr. Fabi was highlighted in an interview with The San Diego Professional Journal. Mission Valley Heights Surgery Center is affiliated with AmSurg.

ICD-11 roll out slated for 2017.
The 11th version of the Internal Classification of Diseases is in development.  The final ICD-11 will be released in 2017, according to a report by the World Health Organization.

CBO lowers estimated cost of PPACA insurance provisions by $9B.
The Congressional Budget Office projected costs of the PPACA insurance coverage provisions is $9 billion less than the CBO and JCT's May 2013 estimate. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

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