7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

From the latest on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to recent ambulatory surgery center events, here are seven news updates for ASC leaders to know for Jan. 23, 2014.

MedPAC recommends no pay increase for ASCs in 2015.
Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission approved a final recommendation for Medicare pay rates in 2015. The recommendation included a 0 percent pay increase for ASCs. MedPAC recommended an increase of 3.25 percent for hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems in the absence of sequestration cuts and a 5.25 percent increase if spending cuts continue.

PPACA equal employer coverage requirement provision delayed.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision stopping employers from providing better health benefits to "highly compensated individuals" will not be enforced this year.
 
Colorado ASCs have $1.6B economic impact.
Ambulatory surgery centers in Colorado have a total economic impact of $1.6 billion, according to The Economic Impact of Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Colorado report. In 2012, Colorado had 112 ASCs.

Mary Brown joins SourceMedical as Vice President of Software Engineering.
Mary L. Brown has joined SourceMedical, an outpatient information solutions and services provider for ASCs, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, as Vice President of Software Engineering.

AAAHC accredits Roy A. Himelfarb Surgery Center.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care recently accredited the Roy A. Himelfarb Surgery Center in Chambersburg, Pa.

Specialty Surgical Center holds event to help local non-profit.
Specialty Surgical Center in Sparta, N.J., co-hosted an event with The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey in Hackettstown, N.J., to raise $3,000 for the no-profit Pass It Along. Pass It Along partners with other non-profit organizations to help meet community needs.

Eye Institute of Utah to expand.
The Eye Institute of Utah plans to remodel its facility within the next few months. The remodel will include functional and aesthetic upgrades. Physicians hope the updates will help to decrease patient wait times.

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