7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Jan. 9, 2014.

Report links ASCs to potential Medicare savings.
A report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology examined the growth of ambulatory surgery centers in the United States in relation to lowered Medicare payments. The study reported that continued ASC growth could reduce Medicare spending since reimbursement is lower than in other settings.

California ASC adverse event reporting requirements changed.
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law a bill that required accredited outpatient surgery centers to report adverse events to the Medical Board of California. The law went into effect Jan. 1.

Fighter Oscar Molina undergoes shoulder surgery at Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center.
Neal ElAttrache, MD, recently performed shoulder surgery on Mexican fighter and Olympian Oscar Molina at the Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Luis Espinoza joins Pratt Regional Medical Center and The Surgicenter.
Luis Espinoza, MD, a gynecology surgery, recently joined Pratt (Kan.) Regional Medical Center and The Surgicenter. Dr. Espinoza joins general surgeon Jason Wiltshire, MD, at the surgery center.

Surgery Center Network, Caprock Health Group partnership to grow.
Surgery Center Network, a comprehensive network of ASCs, announced that its partner Caprock Health Group completed two significant acquisitions last year. In 2014, Caprock will implement Surgery Center Network's services for its customers.

19% of physicians can accurately estimate costs of orthopedic devices.
Only 19 percent of physicians and residents could accurately estimate the costs of 13 common orthopedic devices, according to a new Health Affairs study. Physicians tended to overestimate the cost of low-price devices and underestimate the cost of high-price devices.

White House: PPACA slowed healthcare spending growth.
The Obama administration has attributed slow healthcare spending growth in 2012 to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. National health spending in 2012 increased by 3.7 percent to $2.8 trillion, compared with a 3.6 percent increased to $2.7 trillion in 2011, according to a CMS analysis.

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