7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for March 6, 2014.

New Hampshire bill would allow 48-hour stays at ASCs.
The New Hampshire Ambulatory Surgery Association expressed support for SB 250, which would allow ASCs the ability to keep patients for 48 hours. The current state law requires patients to discharge or transfer patients at 24 hours.

South Carolina CON program to come before state Supreme Court.
The South Carolina Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments for and against the state's certificate of need program. The program was suspended last year after Governor Nikki Haley vetoed the $1.7 million required the keep the program active.

Kentucky ASCs save Medicare $14.5M.
Medicare-certified ASCs in Kentucky save Medicare more than $14.5 million in 2011. In 2011, the state had 31 Medicare-certified ASCs. The centers saved Medicare $11.4 million on cataract procedures, $3 million on colonoscopies and $100,000 on arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures.

President Obama declares March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy announced that President Barack Obama declared March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Specialty Surgical Center joins Johns Hopkins safe surgery program.
Specialty Surgical Center in Sparta, N.J., announced it will join Johns Hopkins CUSP for Safe Surgery, a program designed to help medical teams reduce preventable harm to surgical patients. Through the program, the center will become part of a community of centers and surgical teams across the U.S.

Oregon Patient Safety Commission recognizes Northwest ASC.
The Oregon Patient Safety Commission plans to honor healthcare providers in the state, including Northwest Ambulatory Surgery Center, for exceeding targets on patient safety reporting. The center is affiliated with United Surgical Partners International and Legacy Health Systems.

Surgery Center Network plans broad growth.
Surgery Center Network, a comprehensive network of ASCs, has reached its one-year anniversary and plans extensive future growth. SCN will seek to enter new markets and launch a direct-to-consumer marketing plan in the second quarter of 2014.

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